The Science Behind Sleepyhead Program
Our program brings together several different scientifically backed techniques.
We use approaches based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (also known as CBT-i) and other psychological approaches.
If you aren’t familiar with CBT-i in particular has shown it’s efficacy in the treatment of insomnia over hundreds of studies, including well over a hundred Randomised Control Trials.
So much so that it has become THE recommended first-line treatment for insomnia for the likes of the American College of Physicians and The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
How Sleepyhead Program Works
Sleepyhead Program is a complete sleep retraining programme that is made up of 2 phases:
- A treatment phase
- A maintenance phase
The treatment phase: Our core sleep retraining program
During this part of the Program, we’ll be working on retraining you to sleep.
Typically this phase lasts between 8 and 12 weeks depending on your sleep problem and the way you progress through the program.
In very basic terms, it is broken down into 3 stages:
1- Breaking down your broken “sleep programming”
While there can be many triggers, or original causes of insomnia, the perpetuating factor of your sleep problem is in fact a “broken sleep pattern”
In this first step, with specific learnings and exercises, our aim is to help you break down this unhealthy sleep pattern.
2- Creating a new, healthy “sleep program”
The next stage consists in replacing the “broken sleep program” with a new healthy one.
By creating this new sleep pattern, and repeating it consistently, you will be progressively retraining yourself to become a good healthy sleeper.
3- Build up your “sleep fitness”
Insomnia disturbs your sleep psychologically… but importantly it also affects you physiologically.
As a result, you reduce your actual physiological ability to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night.
This is why we need to retrain you to be able to sleep well.
We will work on improving your sleep quality, then, progressively over several weeks on your sleep quantity.
The Maintenance Phase
Numerous studies have shown the efficacy of digital CBT-i based therapies.
Below, you can find a small selection of scientific articles and studies:
Internet-based treatment for insomnia: a controlled evaluation
Online delivery of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-Insomnia: Considerations and controversies
Efficacy of an internet-based behavioral intervention for adults with insomnia
Digital Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (dCBT): a state-of-the-science review
Efficacy of a behavioral self-help treatment with or without therapist guidance for co-morbid and primary insomnia: A randomized controlled trial