MobileSleepDoc was created to help people who have problems related to sleep. It is a mobile application that focuses on two main sleep disorders, sleep apnea and insomnia. Many people suffer from these problems but may not have access to the help that they need.
MobileSleepDoc asks questions about your sleep, and, based on your answers, determines whether you show signs or symptoms of common sleep disorders. You can store your answers on the app and share them later with your provider. You can use these questionnaires to start a discussion with your provider about your sleep issues, and decide whether you need treatment and, if so, what type of treatment. MobileSleepDoc also includes several therapies that you may teach yourself to help you sleep better. You can keep track of your progress in the Sleep Logs and the reports generated by the app. Our goal is to help increase the quality of your sleep in meaningful and lasting ways.
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MobileSleepDoc comes with the following features:
Stimulus Control Therapy
MobileSleepDoc focuses on behavioral therapies because these therapies are safer and longer-lasting than sleep medications, and may be started or re-started at any time. As opposed to some types of sleeping pills, behavioral therapy does not result in a "tolerance" that limits continued benefit.
Stimulus Control Therapy, or SCT, is used to treat insomnia. There are five main principles:
- Go to bed when sleepy, not when you think you should go to bed.
- Get out of bed when not sleeping. Do not stay in bed for more than 15-20 minutes, even if you are actively trying to sleep.
- No naps.
- Use bed and bedroom for sleep (or sexual intimacy) only.
- Maintain a regular wake-up/get-up time (on weekdays, weekends, and holidays).
Sleep Restriction Therapy
The next level of behavioral therapy for insomnia is Sleep Restriction Therapy (SRT), which is a program that uses controlled sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation is used as a tool to help you fall and stay asleep.
SRT begins with your setting your desired wake-up time, and then MobileSleepDoc assigns a bedtime for you that is 6 or 7 hours before your desired wake-up time. You are reminded to wind down an hour before bedtime, so that you will be calm and not over-stimulated when you try to go to sleep. Each morning, you use the Sleep Log to indicate when you got into bed and when you got out of bed, and when you actually fell asleep and when you woke up.
Using all the information you enter into the Sleep Log, MobileSleepDoc will calculate your Sleep Efficiency, which is the percentage of time in bed spent actually sleeping.
The Sleep Log Report shows a list of nightly summaries of information from your sleep logs, such as the time you went to sleep, total number of awakenings during the night, and how long you slept. The Activity Report shows a list of nightly details about nighttime awakenings, such as why you woke up and how long you were awake.
There are also several reports in the form of graphs. You can look at your number of awakenings and Sleep Efficiency on a nightly basis, but you can also look at average number of awakenings and average Sleep Efficiency over a specified period of time. This allows you to look at detailed nightly data, as well as trends, and determine whether or not you are making progress.
Under Soundscapes on the Home page, you will find audio clips of calming sounds and music, as well as meditations to help you begin or end your day. You are welcome to try these soothing Soundscapes to help you relax before bed.
The Resources page contains links to other helpful sites and will be updated regularly to bring you current information about sleep disorders. You are welcome to review the references located in the Info/Credits section to see more scientific articles about the sleep problems, questionnaires, and therapies discussed above.
Questionnaires ask for basic demographic information, such as your age and date of birth. There are also questions related to your sleep habits, such as snoring, typical bedtime, trouble sleeping, and any medications taken before bed. The sleep interview serves as a starting point for a discussion about your sleep, and can be kept for your records. MobileSleepDoc asks you questions that may point to specific sleep diagnosis to help you initiate the path towards better sleep.