The thought journal app: Designed to confront thoughts that influence sleep

Begum Erten Uyumaz, Umut Uyumaz, Mili Docampo Rama, Sebastiaan Overeem, Jun Hu, Loe Feijs

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Abstract

Problems initiating or maintaining sleep are prevalent and impact the quality of life negatively. Negative thinking patterns may perpetuate insomnia by inducing a state of arousal and consequently disrupting sleep. 'Thought challenging' is a common strategy to adopt a positive and peaceful mindset, but requires high awareness to internalize rational reasoning. Regular self-report and feedback may support the acquisition of fundamental reflection skills. We developed a thought journal in a mobile app to facilitate thought challenging. With the app, the users can reflect on daily situations and get visualized summaries as feedback. We carried out one week trial to explore perceived benefit, motivation, user engagement, and its integration with a sleep support tool. The results showed that using the app improved self-reflection skills and visualized summaries are perceived as motivating to log thoughts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, PervasiveHealth 2020
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages288-295
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450375320
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2020
Event14th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, PervasiveHealth 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 6 Oct 20208 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference14th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, PervasiveHealth 2020
CountryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period6/10/208/10/20

Keywords

  • Feedback
  • Self report
  • Sleep management
  • Thought journal
  • User-centered design
  • Visualization

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