World’s First Insomnia Prevention Programme Targets Adolescents
CUHK, HKU and Université Laval joined hands to conduct the world’s first randomised controlled trial of brief insomnia prevention programme for at-risk adolescents who have a positive family history of insomnia and sub-threshold insomnia symptoms.
Adolescence is a critical period accompanied by dramatic neurobiological, physical, behavioural and emotional changes, predisposing the youngsters to sleep disorders, mental and physical illnesses. It is a vulnerable period for the emergence of insomnia, affecting up to 36% of adolescents.
The world's first randomised controlled trial of brief insomnia prevention programme for at-risk adolescents was conducted by the Department of Psychiatry of CU Medicine, in collaboration with the Department of Psychology of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Hong Kong (HKU), and the School of Psychology of Université Laval (UL), Canada. Results showed insomnia can be prevented in at-risk adolescents through a brief cognitive behavioural prevention programme.The results have been published in the leading international journal Pediatrics.