Insomnia Treatment Trial

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Insomnia currently affects about one in four American adults. Lack of sleep has been implicated in a number of health problems including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression, and dementia. The current standards for controlling this condition involve lifestyle changes, cognitive behavioral therapy , and medications. We are testing an alternate approach that combines hypnosis and virtual reality.

What are we seeking?

We are seeking volunteers with chronic insomnia, and we especially welcome people whose insomnia is difficult to control by current medication.

What will the volunteers do?

Upon registration, each volunteer will receive a questionnaire form by email. That form must be completed and returned. We will use that information to build a custom hypnosis video for this volunteer, who will then receive a download link by email. The video is encapsulated in a zip file, which can be downloaded onto both iPhone and Android smartphones. The volunteer will then play the video for a month, using a set of VR goggles, as described here. The video runs for about 30 minutes and volunteers can view it in the comfort of their own homes. Volunteers will use this product in addition to following any medical advice from their doctors. Patients should not disregard their doctors' advice!

Where is the trial located?

Since the trial is over the Internet, there is no need to travel anywhere.

Is there a cost?

In this testing stage, our video is free to use. However, in order to test our software, the volunteers will need to have a smartphone with a 4½" – 6" screen, measured diagonally. Volunteers will also need virtual reality headsets with built-in speakers. For a full explanation of the requirements, please click here.

Will I be compensated?

Everyone who participates in and completes this trial will have this software to use indefinitely and will be entitled to use all future versions of it, free of charge.

Why do we think this video is worth testing?

This video was developed because improved sleep has been consistently reported as a side effect from our other hypnosis videos. Also, numerous studies have shown that hypnosis has been successful in improving people’s sleep.

Does the video have any known side effects?


What is my time commitment?

You must agree to use the video for 30 minutes per day for a month in a quiet place. You can view it in your favorite chair, on the couch, or in bed.

How do I join?

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Once you have registered, we will email you a link to our intake form.


[1] Irina Chamine, Rachel Atchley, and Barry S. Oken, "Hypnosis Intervention Effects on Sleep Outcomes: A Systematic Review", Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine 2018 Feb 15; 14(2): 271–283.

[2] Gary Elkins, Julie Otte, Janet S. Carpenter, "Hypnosis Intervention for Sleep Disturbance: Determination of Optimal Dose and Method of Delivery for Postmenopausal Women," International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis , Vol. 69, No. 3, Pages 323-345.