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Chinese startup touts software panacea for 200m insomniacs

Zhengan Keji says its remedy for sleeplessness is convenient, cheap and effective

Zhengan Keji's AI therapists take the form of chatbots that get to know patients before putting them through a regimen of sleep restrictions, stimulation control, cognitive therapy, relaxation techniques and sleep hygiene. (Source photo by Zhengan Keji and Getty Images) 

BEIJING -- There are more than 500 million insomnia patients in China, over 200 million of whom are chronic sufferers, according to a 2016 report by the China Sleep Research Society. In other words, nearly all Chinese households are dens of sleep deprivation.

Now a startup is offering an artificial intelligence solution that it calls "asleep."

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