Sleepio - the sleep improvement app

Version: 1.8.6 | Cost: In App Purchases

Level 4 - Regulated
Country: United Kingdom
Category: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Insomnia, Sleep Hygiene
Released: 15/09/2014
Updated: 19/07/2017
Version: 1.8.6
Size: 124mb
Developer: Big Health Ltd
Reviewed On: 30/01/2018
This App achieved an Orcha score of 91%

It was assessed as a Level 4 App. These Apps can be focussed on general health or specific conditions and contain advanced and complex features that are subject to formal regulation. Where they collect data we assess their data use policies and compliance with relevant standards. Because they are health focussed we also assess their compliance in the Clinical Assurance as well as the User Experience domains.

This App does collect data and it is therefore assessed and scored based on its performance in all the sections of our review.

Data Security
23.6/30
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Clinical Assurance
50/50
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User Experience
17.1/20
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Developer description
This is the companion app for Sleepio - the sleep improvement program. Sleepio is designed to teach you how to overcome even long term poor sleep without pills or potions. Download the companion app for instant access to your daily sleep diary and schedule, and your virtual sleep expert, The Prof. Created by world sleep expert, Professor Colin Espie (University of Oxford), the program featured in the Sleepio app was shown in a leading clinical trial to help long-term poor sleepers on average: - Fall asleep up to 50% faster - Reduce time awake at night by up to 60% - Boost daytime energy by up to 50% KEY FEATURES: - Evidence-based CBT sleep improvement program A personalized program of proven Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, designed by world sleep expert Prof Colin Espie (University of Oxford) and delivered by your own virtual sleep expert, The Prof. Over a number of tailored sessions The Prof will teach you a range of cognitive and behavioral techniques, designed to get your sleep schedule, thoughts and lifestyle into shape. - Import sleep data from your Jawbone UP or HealthKit Import your tracked sleep data from your Jawbone UP or Health app to automatically personalize the program to you, and make using Sleepio even easier. - Help Me Now Instant, bite-sized help from The Prof. Whether you’re finding it hard to fall asleep, or having a tough morning, The Prof is there to help you get back on track. Prof. Colin Espie (University of Oxford), world sleep expert and creator of Sleepio says “The most effective, long-term solution for poor sleep is CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which addresses both the mental and the behavioral parts of the individual's sleep pattern by helping the person to think and behave differently in relation to their sleep, in such a way that normal good sleep can return. Sleepio is a clinically proven digital sleep improvement program that uses proven CBT techniques to help users with persistent sleep problems.” Source of clinical trial data: Espie et al. (2012). A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of online cognitive behavioral therapy for chronic insomnia disorder delivered via an automated media-rich web application. SLEEP, 35 (6), 769-781. Any questions? Get in touch with the Sleepio team at hello@sleepio.com. We'd love to hear from you.
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General Information
The App provides general information or guidance
Goal Setting And Gamification
The App allows you to set health and wellbeing related goals and may support games and challenges around achieving that
Alerts And Notifications
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Data Sharing
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Remote Clinical Monitoring
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Automated Guidance
The App uses the data it has to provide automated advice and guidance about your health
Wellbeing Tracking
The App allows you to record relevant wellbeing information either manually or automatically using connected Apps or devices
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Data Collection

The data collected about you is capable of identifying that it relates to you

The type of data that it collects isn't classified as sensitive data.

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Data Use

The App does state that it won't share your data in any way with other people without your consent.

The App does allow you to share information in the App with other Apps, systems, organisations or users.

Data Security

The App does encrypt the information it collects to make it safe from other people as it is transferred from the App.

The App does encrypt the information it collects to make it safe from other people as it is retained by the the developer.

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Professional Assurance

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It was clear from our review how regularly the advice and guidance given by the App was reviewed and updated by relevant professionals.

Testing

It was clear from our review that the App had been through end user testing as part of its development.

It was clear from our review that the App had been involved in any clinical trials or similar testing to demonstrate its ‘real world’ effectiveness.

Regulation

It isn't likely that this App could be viewed as a medical device that would require such an assessment.

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Testing

It was clear from our review that the App had been through end user testing as part of its design and development.

Customisation

The App does provide customisable features.

End User Capacity

The App does provide support for users with poor sight. The App does provide support for users with hearing difficulties.

Support

The App does appear to provide user support but doesn't appear to have a clear approach to dealing with user issues.

Cost

The App isn't entirely free to use.

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