Research by the UNSW Black Dog Institute is using the internet to help people get more sleep, using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques.

The Good Night Study, led by the Black Dog's Professor Helen Christensen, uses a specialised web-based program developed by University of Virginia researchers.

 “We know that insomnia and depression are intrinsically linked,” Professor Christensen says.

“Sleep disturbances are common in people experiencing depression, but a lack of quality sleep can also trigger a depressive episode.

“Psychological internet inventions are extremely useful for people who don’t have the time or money to access face-to-face treatment. It’s also beneficial for those who aren’t able to attend clinics due to geographical isolation or illness.”

Research has consistently shown online interventions to be as effective as face-to-face consultations for mild to moderate depression and anxiety, Professor Christensen says.

Associate Professor Lee Ritterband, director of the Behavioural Health and Technology Laboratory at the University of Virginia, will talk about his online program at the Black Dog Institute at 5.30pm AEDT today, 7 November.

Media contact: Gayle McNaught, Black Dog Institute, 0401 625 905.