Digital Delivery of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

Annemarie I. Luik*, Tanja van der Zweerde, Annemieke van Straten, Jaap Lancee

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose of Review: Digital cognitive behavioral therapy (dCBT) has been available for over a decade. We reviewed the evidence that accumulated over the past 5 years and discuss the implications for introducing dCBT into standard healthcare. Recent Findings: Studies have consistently supported the use of dCBT to treat insomnia. Evidence is now demonstrating large short-term effects and smaller long-term effects up to 1.5 years after treatment across populations with various co-occurring health problems. The effects also extend into a range of psychological well-being factors. Mediators and moderators have been studied to understand mechanisms and create new opportunities to enhance effectiveness and reduce dropout. Incorporating personalized guidance in dCBT may further enhance effectiveness. Summary: The evidence for dCBT for insomnia is strong and suggests that dCBT is ready for application in standard healthcare. Further research, digital innovation, and development of effective implementation methods are required to ensure dCBT fulfills its potential.

Original languageEnglish
Article number50
JournalCurrent Psychiatry Reports
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019


  • CBT
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Insomnia
  • Internet
  • Online
  • Sleep


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