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Cleveland Clinic Launches Go To Sleep Online Wellness Program

Six-Week At-Home, Web-Based Program Is Designed to Help Alleviate Short-Term Insomnia

July 20, 2011

Cleveland Clinic has launched GO!® To Sleep, a six-week online program designed for people experiencing short-term insomnia lasting one to six months. The program is the result of a collaborative effort between the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, the Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center and Cleveland Clinic Wellness. It is third in a series of online wellness programs developed by Cleveland Clinic.

The program is based on tools and techniques used at the Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center and features audio relaxation exercises, sleep-improvement activities, and educational sessions on factors that influence sleep, like food and exercise. It also provides an online sleep log for participants to track their daily sleep habits.  A daily sleep score is calculated from that log, and feedback regarding ways to improve sleep is given on a daily basis. 

“The GO!® To Sleep program is an initial first step for those who are experiencing short-term insomnia and who want to better their overall health and well-being,” said Michelle Drerup, PsyD, a sleep psychologist and behavioral sleep medicine specialist in the Sleep Disorders Center at Cleveland Clinic and creator of the on-line program.  “Throughout the six-week program, participants will gain a better understanding of – and learn how to better manage – stress, lifestyle choices and environmental factors that can influence the quantity and quality of their sleep.”

According to a 2006 Institute of Medicine report, an estimated 70 million Americans suffer from chronic, treatable sleep disorders. Many do not talk with their physician about sleep issues or seek treatment. The GO!® To Sleep program gives participants the benefit of clinical expertise in a program that can be completed at their convenience. Patients with long-term, serious sleep problems or who are taking prescription sleep medications on a nightly basis should consult their physician before beginning this program.

The main component of the GO!® To Sleep program is cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), a type of therapy that works to change thoughts and behaviors that interfere with a person’s ability to get restful sleep. Numerous studies have illustrated CBT-I’s effectiveness in treating insomnia.

“Sleep is the most underrated health habit,” said Michael F. Roizen, M.D., Chief Wellness Officer at Cleveland Clinic. “Getting the right amount of sleep makes you look better, feel better and have more energy – and it can decrease your risk for developing certain chronic diseases like obesity, type II diabetes and heart disease.”

The GO!® To Sleep program also has corresponding smartphone applications (apps) for iPhone and Android, allowing participants to use the program on a mobile device or desktop computer.

The six-week GO!® To Sleep program is $40. For more information, visit ClevelandClinicWellness.com.

About Cleveland Clinic

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. It was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, nine community hospitals and 15 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 155,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries.

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