Frequently asked questions

Why Somryst?

Did Somryst work for people like me?

In our clinical trials, people who passed our screening criteria and began treatment came from many different backgrounds and had all struggled for months with falling or staying asleep. There were also some patients who used prescription sleep medications like sleeping pills, though it wasn’t required.

Is this different from in-person therapy?

The Somryst program was built based on principles proven to work with in-person therapy. But unlike working with a healthcare professional face-to-face, you have access to the app whenever you want it, not when you have an appointment scheduled.

Do I talk to a live healthcare professional in the app?

No. The program in the app is prebuilt, and you work your way through it by yourself.

Why do I need a prescription? Can't I just download Somryst?

Because Somryst is authorized by the FDA based on clinical trials and regulated as a medical device, it’s held to a higher standard than other over-the-counter apps, so it’s not readily available to anyone. A prescription is required to ensure Somryst is an appropriate program for you.

How Somryst Works?

Is the Somryst program difficult?

Okay, honesty hour—there are moments during the program that are challenging, particularly during week 2, where you’ll be asked to restrict your sleep window. You might even have moments where you think it’s not worth the investment. But remember this: the program was very carefully developed by experts, has been proven to be safe and effective, and has helped many people finally get better sleep. Plus, while the program can be challenging, it’s offset by the fact that it’s entirely on your smartphone or tablet, so you don’t have to travel anywhere for appointments or prescriptions. Like anything worth doing, it’s not always easy, but with persistence, you’ll look back proudly.

Can I go at my own pace?

Sure can. While Somryst has 6 lessons, you have 9 weeks to complete them, so you can take a break here and there, restart if you have to, and generally assemble a schedule that works for you—as long as you complete the program within 63 days.

If this is so effective, why doesn't everyone do it?

We agree! But sadly, until Somryst, most people with chronic insomnia didn’t have access to behavioral therapy. Now, with a prescription for Somryst, it’s available anywhere, anytime. Of course, there are some folks who shouldn’t use Somryst because they have other health issues. You can find out about these health issues here.

How to Get Somryst?

Do I need to see a healthcare professional face-to-face in a telemedicine visit?

It depends on which state you live in. For some, you’ll need to have a live conversation. In others, you can provide information which they can review later.

Is this all legal and above board?

Of course. Telemedicine is a rapidly growing way of accessing healthcare, particularly in the midst of a global pandemic. All of our partner healthcare professionals are experienced, licensed to practice, and know how to diagnose chronic insomnia.

How quickly will a healthcare professional review my information?

It really depends on when you start the process. Sometimes you can arrange a same-day consultation.

Why do I need to fill out a form before I talk with a healthcare professional?

To help determine if you have chronic insomnia, our partner healthcare professionals will need to learn a little more about your experience with sleep every day. Think of it this way: filling out a quick form will make your visit faster and more efficient.

Do I have to pay for my appointment?

Yes. Each appointment costs $45.

When will I be charged for Somryst?

After you receive your prescription, you’ll receive some more information from our team at PearConnect via text. During that exchange, we’ll give you payment options.

Are there payment options?

Right now, we accept a onetime payment only.

Ready to take on your chronic insomnia?

Indications for Use

Somryst™ is a prescription-only digital therapeutic intended to provide a neurobehavioral intervention (CBT-I) to patients 22 years of age and older with chronic insomnia. Somryst treats patients with chronic insomnia by improving a patient’s insomnia symptoms.

Who Should Use Somryst?

You should use Somryst if you:

  • Are 22 or older with chronic insomnia
  • Are able to read and understand English
  • Have regular access to a mobile device (such as smartphone or tablet)
  • Are familiar with how to use mobile apps (applications)
  • Are able to upload data periodically. (In other words, you have internet/wireless connection access.)
  • Are under the supervision of a Health Care Provider
Who Should Not Use Somryst™ (Contraindications)

Somryst uses sleep restriction and consolidation, limiting the time you spend in bed to match the amount of time you sleep. Sleep restriction and consolidation may worsen preexisting medical conditions. Because of this, it is not appropriate for everyone.
If you have any following conditions or disorders, you should not use Somryst:

  • Any disorder worsened by sleep restriction (e.g. bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, other psychotic spectrum disorders)
  • Untreated obstructive sleep apnea
  • Parasomnias
  • Epilepsy
  • If you are at high risk of falls
  • If you are pregnant
  • If you have any other unstable or degenerative illness judged to be worsened by sleep restriction delivered as part of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

If you are unsure whether you have any of the conditions or disorders listed, speak with your Health Care Provider.

Safety Warnings

Somryst™ is not for everyone. You and your Health Care Provider should discuss whether Somryst is right for you.

  • Somryst is not for emergency use. Please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room in the event of a medical emergency.
  • Do not use Somryst to communicate severe or urgent information to your Health Care Provider.
  • Somryst is not meant to be used as treatment except under supervision of your Health Care Provider.
  • Somryst is not meant to be a substitution for any treatment medication.
  • Somryst contains sensitive medical information about you. It is important that you protect your information by password-protecting your smartphone or tablet and ensuring no one else has access to your device.
  • Sleep Restriction (and Consolidation) within Somryst can cause sleepiness, especially in the early stages of using the PDT. Somryst should not be used if you need to be alert or cautious to avoid serious accidents in your job or daily life. Examples include:
    — Long-haul truck drivers
    — Long-distance bus drivers
    — Air traffic controllers
    — Operators of heavy machinery
    — Some assembly line jobs

Note: In the early stages of treatment, increased daytime sleepiness may be expected, but is usually temporary. However, if these experiences do not go away over a few weeks, please consult your health care provider as you may have a sleep disorder or medical condition other than insomnia. Also, at any point in the treatment, if you have trouble staying awake while performing potentially dangerous tasks (like driving) avoid these tasks or stop following the sleep restriction component of the therapy. For best results with Somryst, read and follow the instructions provided in each core, and stay with the therapy until the end. When reporting your sleep results, giving honest and accurate answers is important.

Care Regimen and Self-care

Following your Health Care Provider’s instructions for care is always important. If you need help managing your condition, speak with your Health Care Provider.