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How this healthcare worker conquered years-long poor sleep stemming from a medical issue

Discover how Dylan Kruse overcame stress-induced insomnia with the help of Sleepio, a non-drug treatment offered by his company as a health benefit.

Q1: When did you begin experiencing sleep issues?

A1 | Dylan: My sleep issues stemmed from stress, anxiety and depression I have dealt with in recent years due to medical issues. In 2017, I started having seizures. Ultimately, I ended up having to have brain surgery, which led to built-up anxiety/depression and the sleep issues that have persisted.

Q2: How did you get access to Sleepio?
A2 | Dylan: I recently started working for a large healthcare company and they offer Sleepio as one of their health benefits. I thought it was really cool that a company would offer an innovative treatment option for their employees, and I was relieved to see a drug-free option, so I immediately gave it a try.

Q3: Have you previously attempted to access treatment for your sleep problems?

A3 | Dylan: I’ve tried programs to help with my sleep issues in the past, but none compared to Sleepio. I have been prescribed opioids previously due to medical issues and while they were necessary at the time, I knew I wanted to try a drug-free option to treat my sleep issues. I had previously paid for another program and Sleepio was more helpful so it’s great that I was able to access this for free through work. I’ve found that other programs are more educational while Sleepio is more practical, and you are actually able to apply the lessons learned.

Q4: How was your experience using Sleepio?

A4 | Dylan: I think Sleepio is an awesome program. One of the most helpful techniques I learned was how to reframe your thinking around sleep – previously, I would stay up at night thinking about everything that could potentially go wrong. Now, thanks to Sleepio, I have a designated time before bed to journal and release those negative thoughts so that they don’t impact my sleep. It also teaches you to know what to do when negative thoughts start, which has helped a lot.

Q5: How are you sleeping now?

A5 | Dylan: My sleep isn’t perfect, but it has definitely improved. I still have bad nights, but Sleepio has helped me to get back on track when that happens. Simple techniques that Sleepio taught me, such as journaling before bed, have really helped. I would recommend Sleepio to anyone that struggles with poor sleep.

Sleepio is a digital therapeutic for insomnia that is clinically proven to help you clear your mind, improve your sleep, and have better days. Sleepio takes your unique needs and builds you a personalized six-week program, with sessions that guide you step by step through evidence-based methods.

Sleepio has been rigorously studied for safety and efficacy just like any sleep medication a doctor would prescribe. In 12 randomized controlled trials with over 13,000 participants, Sleepio was shown to help participants fall asleep faster, spend less time awake at night, and have better daytime functioning the next day.

Disclaimer: In accordance with FDA’s current Enforcement Policy for Digital Health Devices for Treating Psychiatric Disorders During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency, for patients aged 18 years and older, who are followed by and diagnosed with insomnia disorder by a medical provider, Sleepio can be made available as an adjunct to their usual medical care for insomnia disorder. Sleepio does not replace the care of a medical provider or the patient’s medication. Sleepio has not been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for these indications. Users are directed to not make any changes to their prescribed medication or other type of medical treatment without seeking professional medical advice.

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During the COVID-19 public health emergency, Sleepio and Daylight are being made available as treatments for insomnia disorder and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), respectively, without a prescription. Sleepio and Daylight have not been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of insomnia disorder and GAD, respectively.

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