The Sleep Doctor in Your Pocket

How smartphone apps are changing behavioral sleep medicine. DrLullaby is featured in this Sleep Review article about its goals and capabilities. Another digital platform, DrLullaby, is currently in development. It’s focused on pediatrics, an even more underserved population, says the developer Lisa Medalie, PsyD, who also serves as the director of the University of Chicago’s Pediatric Insomnia Program. The digital platform helps parents establish sleep goals for their children. It will be available directly to individuals, but Medalie hopes that clinicians also see the value in DrLullaby and recommend it to their patients. Apps are also tackling other common problems that behavioral sleep medicine providers face. Providers often have trouble with patients forgetting their paper sleep log at home, an essential part of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, says Blackburn.