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Why is Sleepstation so effective?

Why is Sleepstation so effective?

Sleep is a crucial part of life. It’s the key to improved thinking, memory, mood, physical strength and a longer life. Sadly, many people don’t get enough of it, and aren’t getting the best out of their time awake.

Even worse, there’s many of us who find that day after day, month after month, year after year, we simply can’t sleep no matter how much we try.

That’s a long time spent not firing on all cylinders. That’s the reality of insomnia.

There are ways to get your life back from the grip of insomnia, but some are more effective than others. In this article, we’re going to outline why we think Sleepstation is among the best.

CBTi helps with insomnia

There are a number of tools you can use to improve your sleep, ranging from medicines to make you drowsy before going to bed, through to a number of unproven therapies such as hypnosis or acupuncture. At Sleepstation, we offer a form of what’s called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for insomnia (CBTi) that is administered Digitally (so it’s called DCBTi).

CBTi and DCBTi use a number of techniques to help improve sleep such as sleep restriction, thought blocking and encouraging good sleep hygiene, which are introduced over a number of weeks in the form of an online course. In both face-to-face and digitally delivered forms, CBTi is:

  • not reliant on using chemical means to alter sleep.
  • based on decades of sound science1.
  • able to give long lasting improvements in sleep in a way that pharmaceuticals don’t.
  • suitable for people with other health issues, such as anxiety or depression.

Types of DCBTi service

There are a number of services that offer DCBTi, but not all DCBTi services are exactly the same. This is important, because the differences between services affect how likely you are to stay with the treatment, and how likely the treatment you choose will be to improve your sleep for the long-term, after therapy has finished.

There are 3 main types of DCBTi service2. These are:

  • DCBTi as a support to traditional face-to-face CBTi (e.g. CBTi coach)3
  • Fully automated DCBTi: Treatment is administered and adjusted by an algorithm, with no human input (e.g. Sleepio)
  • Guided DCBTi: Treatment is delivered online, but is monitored and adjusted by dedicated, trained staff, many of whom have built careers in caring for people. This is what Sleepstation offers.

We offer guided DCBTi because we believe it is the best way for people with insomnia to improve their sleep and there is sound science to support our opinion on this matter4.

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The advantages of DCBTi from Sleepstation

You might think that receiving treatment online rather than face-to-face means that it will be less effective, but this isn’t the case for insomnia. It’s important to recognise that insomnia is often caused by psychological factors and unhelpful behaviours. These factors can be addressed anytime and anywhere, unlike a broken bone, which would require physical examination and treatment.

In fact, digitally delivered DCBTi has been shown to be just as effective as traditional, face-to-face CBTi5. This means there’s no disadvantage to going digital.

Sleepstation is convenient

With no need to schedule face-to-face appointments, we’re able to start helping you whenever you’re ready. That means fewer days and weeks lost to battling with any sleep difficulties you face while waiting for an appointment.

Moreover, the fact you can use Sleepstation anywhere where you can access the internet cuts out the inconvenience that travelling and taking time off work to see a sleep specialist in person might result in.

We’re also able to support you through the technology you’re most comfortable using, with our interfaces being available for computers, smart phones and a wide range of tablet devices.

Are you worried about your sleep?

We can work with you to find the root cause of your sleep problems and help you to improve your sleep.

Sleepstation is made for you

Addressing insomnia isn’t an overnight process, especially if you’ve had difficulties with insomnia for a long time. This means that without the right encouragement, it’s often easy to give up trying to improve your sleep, leaving you feeling isolated and stuck, which can be a problem with fully automated DCBTi solutions. Sleepstation is different. We’ve learnt lessons from the science and have used them to improve our service.

We know that people are able to stay with DCBTi treatment better when the theory of treatment is explained to them6 and if they feel that they aren’t alone over the course of treatment7.

That’s why our service is fully supported by a team of sleep experts, therapists and sleep coaches. Your support team will be behind you on every part of your journey to better sleep.

  • If you don’t understand something, we’re able to spend time explaining the ‘why behind the how’ of DCBTi in a way that’s tailored to you.
  • By analysing your sleep data and taking into account your personal circumstances and any problems you’ve had with treatment, we can adapt the course to something that works better for you.
  • We work person-to-person with you in making these adaptations, just like working with a face-to-face therapist. We are able to respond to any queries and issues you have within days instead of the weeks you’d wait to review things with a therapist in clinic.
  • We help you through low motivation and bad days by simply checking in with you and having a chat. After all, these challenges aren’t something a computer can understand, so why use a computer to fix them?
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These differences don’t just make the experience of using Sleepstation more pleasant. They are what makes Sleepstation so effective at helping people sleep better. Let’s take a look at just how much better.

Sleepstation is highly effective

For DCBTi treatment to work well, you have to be able to see it through, and the treatment must give real, measurable benefits. This means choosing a service that offers you the best chance at those is critical to improving your sleep. This is where Sleepstation stands head and shoulders above other services. Looking at the science, we see that:

  • Completion rates for Sleepstation (87%)4 are very high amongst NHS referred patients compared to the closest alternative, Sleepio (73%)8.
Pie chart: 87% Sleepstation completion rates for NHS referred patients
  • Our approach to DCBTi has resulted in the most marked improvements in sleep efficiency of any DCBTi service9.
  • Wider benefits, like a reduction in symptoms of depression and anxiety, can result from using Sleepstation. In a recent study, we found that 47% of people with depression as well as insomnia were no longer depressed after completing the Sleepstation programme, even though they weren’t provided with any specific treatment for their depression.

Patient feedback

With results like these, it’s no surprise that we receive glowing feedback from the people who matter the most, our patients.

A patient testimonial
A patient testimonial
A patient testimonial

In short

  • If you have trouble sleeping, CBTi is very likely to help
  • You can receive CBTi over the internet, this is called DCBTi
  • There are many DCBTi providers and we believe Sleepstation is the best because of its high completion rate, and excellent results.

So, if you feel as though your sleep could be better and want quality, long-lasting improvements, based on decades of sound science, register for Sleepstation today and start living the best waking life you possibly can.


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