Somnify: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia.


Somnify is a six week online cognitive behavioural treatment for insomnia. The somnify programme was founded by Icelandic sleep experts and for the past five years this program has improved the sleep of over 80% of participants. The somnify programme is tailored to each individual and supported by experts in insomnia. In this programme you will complete daily sleep registration and receive educational videos on sleep and personalised advice weekly.

Video Transcript:

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My name is Erla Björnsdóttir and I am a clinical psychologist with a PhD degree in sleep medicine. I come from Iceland and have published many peer-reviewed research papers on sleep and insomnia and I have practised CBT-i all my professional life.  I founded the Somnify program, an online cognitive behavioural treatment for insomnia in 2013 and it is a highly effective program with a success rate of over 80%. 

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder, and as many as 16 million UK adults are suffering from sleepless nights as a third  say they are suffering from insomnia. Insomnia is characterised by difficulties initiating sleep, difficulties maintaining sleep or early morning awakenings, followed by daytime consequences such as lack of energy and concentration,fatigue and less productivity. Untreated insomnia can also increase the risk for many physical and mental disorders as well as increasing the risk of accidents and substance disorders. 

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There is however a very effective treatment for insomnia that doesn’t resort to medication and shows long term, sustainable results for most sufferers. This treatment is called cognitive behavioural therapy and is recommended as the first line of intervention for insomnia disorder by NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence and the World Health Organisation. However, hypnotics, invariably in the form of sleeping tablets are used more often than not as the first intervention for insomnia. This can result in many sufferers  relying  on hypnotics for months or even years. Clinical guidelines do not recommend continuous use of these medications for more than four weeks since they only work for a short period of time and long term use can have negative health effects.

In cognitive behavioural therapy for Insomnia, often referred to as CBT-I, the sleep pattern of the sufferer is thoroughly mapped and they get extensive education and support about sleep and sleep habits together with individualised recommendations on how to improve their sleep based on their own sleep pattern. In this treatment the vicious cycle of insomnia is broken and individuals are taught new methods to improve their sleep.

A good night's sleep is a very important foundation for health and well being as sleep is recognised as one of the 3 pillars of health alongside exercise and nutrition. It is therefore important to know that insomnia can be successfully treated in a few weeks for most.  Nobody should have or need to go through life with poor sleep.