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
and public relations, 704-384-4119