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Mobile App: CBT-i Coach


Mobile App: CBT-i Coach

iPhone CBT-i Mobile screen home page

Sleep problems are very common for people with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The CBT-i Coach mobile application (mobile app) is designed to help you develop good sleep habits and sleep better. This app is for use with your therapist to help you get the most out of CBT for Insomnia (CBT-i).

Features include:

  • Record daily sleep and track insomnia symptom changes with a sleep diary.
  • Update your sleep prescription with provider recommendations.
  • Use tools and exercises to quiet 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.

NOTE: 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.
  • CBT-i Coach can be used on its own, but it is not intended to replace therapy.

Download the mobile app

Free CBT-i Coach download from:
iTunes (iOS)* and Google Play (Android)*

How to use CBT-i Coach

CBT-i Mobile Screen

CBT-i Coach is best used when you are in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia with a health provider. This form of therapy is available at many VA/DoD and other mental health clinics.

When you begin treatment, talk with your therapist about using CBT-i Coach mobile app. It is available for iPhone, iPad. Coming in the fall for Android mobile devices.

CBT-i Coach gives you a structured program to get your biological clock reset to make it easier to go to sleep and to sleep through the night.

There is more information for providers and clinicians about the app on the Professional section of this website.

NOTE: CBT-i Coach can be used on its own, but it is not intended to replace clinical care for those who need it.

Privacy and security

Any data created by the user of this app is only as secure as the phone/device itself. Use the security features on your device if you are concerned about the privacy of your information. Users are free to share data, but as the self-monitoring data belong to each user, HIPAA concerns do not apply while the data is stored or shared. If the user were to transmit or share data with a health care provider, the provider must then comply with HIPAA rules.

Who created CBT-i Coach

CBT-i Coach was created by the VA's National Center for PTSD in partnership with the DoD's National Center for Telehealth and Technology.

Date this content was last updated is at the bottom of the page.

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