World Sleep Day 2022 – Digital innovation for sleep disorders

18 March 2022, 2.30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Link to Online Conference

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-c9b9lGNBI

Conference Programme

TimeTopic  Speaker
  2.30 pm  Introduction to World Sleep Day 2022  Giuseppe Recchia
  2.40 pmChronic insomnia, what it is…what it involves and the problem of treatment  Elena Antelmi

  3.00 pm
CBTi – Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for insomnia, new digital active ingredient?
  Laura Palagini

  3.20 pm
Chronic Insomnia Project Work
  Serena Bassetto
  3.40 pmAutonomous Sensory Meridian Response and Insomnia  Chiara ASMR
  4.00 pm
Work-Life-Sleep Balance innovation in companies
  Marco Caglieris
  4.20 pm
Discovery of a new Digital Therapeutic for chronic insomnia
  Ruggero Di Maulo  
4.40 pmRound Table Discussion   
5.00 pmConclusionsGiuseppe Recchia 

Faculty

  • Elena Antelmi – Sleep Medicine Center, Verona University Hospital, Verona – I
  • Serena Bassetto – Msster Student, Politecnico, Milano – I
  • Marco Caglieris – CEO Sonnomedica, Milano – I
  • Ruggero Di Maulo – CEO Cloud-R, Milano – I
  • Chiara Prencipe – ChiaraASMR
  • Laura Palagini – Sleep Medicine Center, Neuroscience and Rehabilitation Department, University of Ferrara, Ferrara – I
  • Giuseppe Recchia – CEO daVi DigitalMedicine, Verona – I

Rational

Sleep takes up about a third of a person’s life and is essential for their well-being. In particular, the duration and quality of sleep can affect a person’s overall health. Alterations in the duration and quality of sleep can lead to illness, risk for the individual and for organisations, and compromise a pleasure to be enjoyed. In Italy, sleep disorders affect over 9 million people, with an impact on quality of life, health and economy that is often ignored or underestimated.

The Conference “Digital Innovation for Sleep Disorders” aims to bring the attention of citizens, patients, health professionals and institutions on the new opportunities of Digital Medicine in the management of sleep disorders.

Insomnia in particular is a disorder characterised by difficulty in initiating or maintaining sleep, or by unrestorative sleep. It affects the subjective sensation of well-being and can lead to psychological, cognitive and somatic changes during the day. It is the most frequently reported sleep disorder in clinical practice and one of the most common mental disorders, with a prevalence of up to 7% in the general population.

The treatment of insomnia involves first and foremost research into and eventual elimination of the triggering factor and is based on behavioural interventions (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, hypnosis, relaxation techniques, etc.), hypnosis therapy, pharmacological therapies and for some years now, in some countries, Digital Therapies.

Cognitive-behavioural therapy delivered by a psychotherapist is a proven and first-line intervention in the treatment of insomnia. However, there are important limitations in accessing such therapy, due to cost, time required for sessions and limited availability of experienced practitioners.

Pharmacological therapy is indicated for the short-term treatment of insomnia in adults, in cases where sleep disturbances are severe, debilitating or cause profound discomfort.

It is therefore necessary to expand treatment options through research and development of new digital therapies, based on clinically proven interventions, for the treatment of chronic insomnia, prescribed by the doctor and psychotherapist.