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Managing Insomnia with Newly Developed Drug-free Treatment

The drug-free insomnia treatment app available in Australia through clinical trials at Flinders University has been officially recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Technology (NICE).

According to the latest NICE report, the Sleepio app is a safe and effective treatment for people suffering from insomnia and can reduce the prescription of addictive medicines such as zolpidem and zopiclone.


After the news, doctor. Alexander Sweetman from Flinders University recommended that Australian GPs and people with insomnia be contacted on how to access the app in Australia.

Through this research, Sweetman aims to develop pathways within the physician's core software program to the specialized digital cognitive behavioral therapy program for insomnia.


Currently, the most common treatment for insomnia in Australia is sedative hypnotics, or sleeping pills. These are potentially addictive and have no long-term effect.


Sleepio helps with cognitive-behavioral therapy therapies that have been shown to be effective in multiple clinical trials around the world. Australia's GPs need to be provided with more information, accessible guidelines and tools, referral and treatment options to help improve patients manage insomnia.


45 GPs are currently participating in the Sleepio study in Australia, and 200 patients are being referred to Sleepio. This study will also provide an app for general practitioners and patients in 2022.