Blog | Thursday, July 9, 2009

Awesome acronym of the week.

It might not be as exciting as sleep-driving (or -eating or -dating) on Ambien, but a new Internet program shows promise for helping people get to sleep. According to the Washington Post, the program offers advice on insomnia and uses stories, quizzes and games to teach people better sleep habits. A trial found that patients who used the program got more sleep than controls. Some sleep therapists may be worried about the possibility of losing their jobs to computers, though. One quoted in the news story suggested that humans may do better at helping patients to "stay motivated and identify anxieties."

But the best part of this story is the name of the program--Sleep Healthy Using the Internet. Sure, it, like every other cleverly named study, sounds a little stilted but check out the acronym: SHUTi.