Not a clinic day goes by without a patient complaining of poor sleep. Whether suffering from insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs or nightmares, sleep complaints commonly rank in the top 10 of complaints presenting to primary care physicians. Unfortunately, education on sleep disorders is frequently overlooked in the crammed medical school curricula and the limited 80 hour work week of the busy resident. This is exactly why I found the My Sleep 101 app from the John Hopkins Center for Sleep so refreshing. The app is specifically written for primary care providers to provide them with the basics of making a proper diagnosis and treatment plan as well as who and when to refer to a sleep specialist.

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The app was developed by a group of neurologists and sleep specialists at the John Hopkins Center for Sleep. The app consists of short video clips covering the basic concepts of sleep and seven of the most common sleep disorders. The mini-lectures last 5-15 minutes each and use the real voices of the providers from Hopkins, but in the form of cleverly animated avatars. Each video covers the clinical features, symptoms and risk factors associated with specific sleep disorders, plus treatment recommendations.

Evidence based medicine

The My Sleep 101 app incorporates expert opinion from the John Hopkins Center for Sleep along with accepted and evidence based diagnostic and treatment recommendations from a variety of sleep guidelines and organizations. The references however are not explicitly listed in the app or within the video clips. The app provides numerous links to a number of sleep organizations.

What providers would benefit from this App?

Students, residents, mid-levels, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, General Internal Medicine or any provider who sees patients with sleep disorders.

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  • Price
    • $3.99
    • Entertaining and educational videos that respect adult learning principles.
    • Truly useful information that can be put into practice immediately.
    • Links to many sleep sites and organizations for additional information.
  • Dislikes
    • Price may be a factor for some, but reasonable for the content and animation.
    • No additional functions such as built in calculators, screening tools.
    • Not available for Android.
  • Overall

    An educational and entertaining app for primary care providers interested in improving their knowledge of sleep disorders. The authors are clearly experts in their field and provide clear, concise and highly usable information that could improve patient care immediately. The only drawbacks are the limited times one may use the app for the price unless it is regularly update/expanded. The app could be improved with inclusion of more diagnostic tools, calculators built into the app.

  • Overall Score
  • User Interface

    Simple to use and efficient interface, but nothing fancy.

  • Multimedia Usage

    Creative and entertaining lectures utilizing animated avatars, graphics and voiceovers. Would be even better if links to some of the discussed screening tools were provided or built into the app.

  • Price

    App would be even more attractively priced if CME were available and if future modules are added or updated.

  • Real World Applicability

    A highly educational and entertaining app that provides an excellent overview of sleep disorders at a reasonable price.

  • Device Used For Review

    iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3

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