Dream EZ is an app designed to help users cope with nightmares, a common symptom of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The app uses principles from Imagery Rehearsal Therapy (IRT) for nightmare reduction, and aims to change nightmares into less disturbing dreams and reduce the frequency and intensity of nightmares. Users are encouraged to visualize and describe a nightmare via audio recording, then rewrite the plot and ending and record the rescripted dream description. Although the app can be used alone, it is intended for use in conjunction with a therapist. The app has four main sections: practice, dream log, summary and sleep tools. Practice is the main focus of the app and is where users practice recording detailed nightmare visualizations and rescripted nightmares. Some pre-recorded examples are provided. Users are asked to rate their mood on a ten-point scale every time they listen to a visualization or rescript. The dream log is where all dream visualizations and rescriptions are stored and tracked; the summary section provides a compact view of progress through the app; and sleep tools provides two guided relaxation exercises, a Muscle Relaxation tool and Breathing tool. The app is available free of charge on both Android and iOS platforms.

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Overall Score: 3.20/5.00

Research base 0/3
Research support 2/2
Specificity of proposed intervention 3/3
Number of consumer ratings 3/3
Product advisory support 1/1
Software support 0/2

Total 9/14

date of rating:  June 2017

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Available for: Android; iOS 8.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)
Company Name: National Center for Telehealth Technology
Classification (Type of Treatment): Cognitive Behavioral Principles, Imagery Rehearsal Therapy (IRT)
Targeted conditions: PTSD
Target demographics: Adults (especially military personnel)
Special provider necessary: No, but recommended
Languages Available in: English
Where to get it:
Google Play