How to access Insomnia treatment on the NHS

By Emily Barker

NHS treatments for Insomnia Disorder

It’s not always possible to resolve sleep by yourself and you may find that you need help from a doctor. You should make an appointment to see your GP if you are struggling to get to sleep or stay asleep and it’s affecting your daily life – particularly if you have had the problem for more than four weeks.

If you’ve already seen your GP about your sleep and it’s not improved, you could apply for NHS access to Sleepstation today.

How to access Sleepstation through the NHS

There are a few ways to access Sleepstation the simplest method for NHS access is to:

  • Click in the apply now button below to go to the NHS options page.
  • Review the information and fill in the form.
  • This starts the referral process.
  • If approved, you will be granted access and can start the programme.

You can also visit your GP in person to discuss Insomnia treatment with them. Your GP understands your medical history, knows about the other sleep services in your area, and will be able to decide if Sleepstation is the right option for you at this time.

Alternatively, if you would like to access Sleepstation immediately, without going via the NHS, you can view our private packages here. If you purchase a private package, you can also request for your results to be shared with your GP.

How effective is Sleepstation?

Sleepstation is incredibly effective, our service has been clinically tested and proven to work. Some facts about Sleepstation’s effectiveness:

  • Our most recent study showed that 81% of people who follow the Sleepstation programme gain significant improvement in their sleep as a result.
  • Sleepstation is more effective than sleeping pills with fewer side-effects.
  • Sleepstation is more accessible & convenient than Insomnia services offered at sleep clinics.
  • Most people start to see results within 2–3 weeks.
  • Commitment to the programme is key.

We’ve guided thousands of people through this programme, and we know that everyone is different. Your sleep problem is unique to you so we’ll tailor your plan to your needs and be available to provide support via our secure messaging system to ensure that you get the best out of your sleep therapy.

Ultimately how effective Sleepstation is depends on you. People who are committed and follow the plan show the greatest improvement. It’s best to start Sleepstation when you feel you’re ready to commit.

Sleepstation Testimonial

One former Sleepstation user is Jan. Jan had suffered with Insomnia for many years before trying Sleepstation, this is her experience.

We are pleased to say that we have a continuous stream of people who improve their sleep problems through Sleepstation, from all ages and walks of life. We stay in touch with people throughout the programme to help them recover. People regularly get back to us with positive feedback, you can find some of these testimonials on our homepage.

If you visit your GP

Your GP will start by trying to identify and treat any underlying health condition, such as anxiety, that may be causing your sleep problems. They may ask you about your sleeping patterns and routines, your daily alcohol and caffeine intake, and your general lifestyle habits, such as diet and exercise. They’ll probably also explain some of the things that you can do to help improve your sleep.

These include:

  • Going to bed and getting up at regular times. Taking time to relax before bedtime.
  • Keeping your bedroom cool, dark and quiet. Avoiding caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, heavy meals and exercise in the 2-3 hours before bedtime.
  • Not watching TV or using phones, tablets or computers shortly before going to bed.
  • Avoiding napping during the day.
  • Making a list of your worries, and any ideas about how to solve them, before going to bed to help you put them to the back of your mind until morning.

They will also check your medical history for any illness or medication that may be contributing to your Insomnia and should discuss all your treatment options with you, and your views and preferences should always be taken into account when making decisions about your treatment.

Insomnia treatments

Several treatments have been developed for treating sleep problems, and have been shown to be very effective. Your GP may recommend that you try a special type of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) designed for people with Insomnia (CBTi). CBTi is the treatment that we offer through Sleepstation. This is a type of therapy that aims to help you avoid the thoughts and behaviours affecting your sleep. It can help lead to long-term improvement of your sleep.

Sleepstation is available for free on the NHS via GP referral. Find how to be referred to Sleepstation.

Sleeping pills

Prescription sleeping tablets are usually only considered as a last resort and should be used for only a few days or weeks at a time. This is because they don’t treat the cause of your Insomnia, are highly addictive and are associated with a number of side effects. They can also become less effective if they are taken very regularly.

Sleep clinics

Sleep clinics are used to assess sleep problems. If you’re asked to attend a sleep clinic, your sleep will be monitored by a polygraph machine. You will need a referral from your GP to access a sleep clinic on the NHS.

Alternative therapies

Some people have reported that alternative therapies such as acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology and hypnosis have been useful in helping them relax and improve sleep.

Want a GP referral to Sleepstation?

Click the button below and fill out the form.


Did you know?

In a survey carried out of the BBC in 2016 1,000 people aged 18 and over, more than a third (37%) of Britons, said they did not get the right amount of sleep.


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