CBT-i Coach

CBT-i Coach is for people engaged in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-i) with a health provider, or those who have experienced symptoms of insomnia and would like to improve their sleep habits. The app guides users through the process of learning about sleep, developing positive sleep routines and improving their sleep environments. It provides a structured program that teaches strategies proven to improve sleep and help alleviate symptoms of insomnia.

CBT-i Coach is intended to augment face-to-face care with a healthcare professional. It can be used on its own, but it is not intended to replace therapy for those who need it.

CBT-i Coach was a collaborative effort between VA’s National Center for PTSD, Stanford School of Medicine and DoD’s National Center for Telehealth & Technology.

    Key features of the app include:

  • Sleep diary to record daily sleep and track insomnia symptom changes.
  • Ability to update a sleep prescription with provider recommendations.
  • Tools and exercises for quieting your mind.
  • Learn about sleep, the benefits of sleep hygiene and terms used in CBT-i.
  • Set reminder messages with tips, motivation and alarms to change sleep habits.


Who can use CBT-i Coach?

CBT-i Coach is designed for people who are in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia (CBT-i) and want to use an app in conjunction with their therapist to bring therapy practice into daily life. This app is designed to be used interactively by clinician and patient as an adjunct to face-to-face psychotherapeutic treatment using CBT-i principles. Similarly, a prerequisite for successful use of this app by healthcare providers is formal clinical training in CBT-i. This app does not provide training in CBT-i and will not serve as an adequate substitute for this training.

Can you tell me more about CBT-i Coach content?

CBT-i Coach is based on the therapy manual, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia in Veterans, by Rachel Manber, Ph.D., Leah Friedman, Ph.D., Colleen Carney, Ph.D., Jack Edinger, Ph.D., Dana Epstein, Ph.D., Patricia Haynes, Ph.D., Wilfred Pigeon, Ph.D. and Allison Siebern, Ph.D. CBT-i has been shown to be efficacious for insomnia for both Veterans and civilians.

PTSD is a serious mental health condition that often requires professional evaluation and treatment. CBT-i Coach is designed to be used during professional care. Although CBT-i Coach can be used on its own, it is not intended to replace therapy.

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