Novant Health offers online treatment program for insomnia


Novant Health Sleep is offering a new online treatment program for patients with insomnia. SHUTi ™, or Sleep Healthy Using the Internet ™, is a six-week interactive online program for adults with insomnia. This online therapy provides short-term improvements and long-term relief for insomnia through learning modules and guides tailored to individual sleep goals.

Insomnia is one of the most common sleep problems with nearly 1 in 10 adults suffering from it. Individuals with insomnia have the perception or complaint of inadequate or poor-quality sleep and usually experience difficulty falling asleep, waking up frequently during the night, waking up too early in the morning, anxiety or frustration about sleep or daytime fatigue or low energy. Insomnia may be associated with other sleep problems that can have complications that include obesity and increased risk or severity of long-term diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. Psychiatric problems like depression or anxiety may have a component associated with insomnia.

“Millions of people suffer from insomnia,” said Carolyn Campo, Novant Health’s director of sleep operations. “Before SHUTi™ was available, it was difficult and expensive to get insomnia treated. SHUTi™ allows Novant Health to embrace everyone that comes to us in a more affordable, convenient way.”

SHUTi™ is an easy to use program that improves quality of sleep from the comfort of the user’s home. This can be a great alternative to sleeping medication, as it helps patients learn better sleep habits and overcome the underlying cause of their sleep problems.

Users are asked to keep online sleep journals to track their individual sleep patterns and issues. Their entries in these sleep journals are then analyzed and used to give personalized advice and even specific bedtimes. Using a technique called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, SHUTi™ helps people with insomnia identify and change thoughts or behaviors that influence sleep patterns. Research has shown that 73% of participants no longer had clinical levels of insomnia after using SHUTi™. These results are similar to face-to-face therapy with a sleep therapist.

SHUTi™ is available for purchase on the Novant Health website. For more information on SHUTi™ and insomnia, visit NovantHealth.org/shuti

Contact: Marketing and public relations, 704-384-4119

Posted on Wednesday, March 05, 2014
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