Sleepstation is a
commissioned service

NHS referrals to Sleepstation

COVID-19 advice and information

  • The coronavirus pandemic has, understandably, disrupted sleep for many and we’ve seen an increase in referrals to our digitally delivered sleep service.
  • Our insomnia service has always been delivered online and our team remains fully operational.
  • We have adequate resource to meet demand for insomnia referrals. We have no waiting lists.
  • We’ve produced a self-help sleep guide for NHS workers and are also offering NHS staff free access to sleep advice and support from our sleep team, without a referral.
  • It’s easy to refer a patient to us, simply download a form, and email it to
    tnu-tr.sleepstation@nhs.net we’ll handle the rest.

Digitally delivered, fully supported NHS sleep service

We combine psychology and sleep science with dedicated support to improve sleep for patients with all forms of insomnia. Our expert sleep team deliver remote care with a personal touch.

Sleepstation is a digitally delivered cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia - CBTi. NICE recommends CBTi as the first-line approach for chronic insomnia.

Sleepstation resolves insomnia symptoms and improves quality of life for over 80% of patients who engage with the programme. Our expertise in engagement is what makes Sleepstation so powerful. A recent study has shown Sleepstation to be three times more engaging than unsupported sleep improvement apps. Over 75% of patients fully engage with the Sleepstation programme.

Sleepstation is an effective solution for insomnia

  • Clinically validated
  • Proven efficacy
  • Few contraindications
  • Benign side-effect profile
  • Evidence based
  • Delivered entirely online
  • Gold-standard approach
  • Fully supported
  • Highly engaging
  • Personalised care

It takes two minutes to refer

We’ll handle everything else

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Sleepstation can effectively address all forms of insomnia

In published research, Sleepstation’s CBTi programme produced large improvements across measures of sleep quality. The benefits associated with CBTi persist on completion of treatment, unlike those associated with medication. 1 2

CBTi is widely recommended in clinical guidelines as the first-line treatment for insomnia based on extensive evidence of effectiveness for sleep improvement and associated improvements in mental health, wellbeing and quality of life. 3 4 5 6 7

CBTi has been shown to be superior to pharmacotherapy in both short and long-term management of insomnia in adults of all ages. 3 4

Patients prefer CBTi to medication

Studies examining patients’ acceptance of psychological and pharmacological therapies for insomnia have concluded that patients perceive CBTi as healthier and preferable to taking medications for managing insomnia over the long-term. 8 9 10 11

Interestingly, in circumstances where clinicians think CBTi would be helpful, they still mistakenly believe that patients would be reluctant to engage with the programme and would, in fact, prefer a quick medication fix. 12

Sleepstation’s CBTi programme includes all relevant modules plus dedicated human support:

  • Stimulus control therapy
  • Sleep restriction therapy
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Relaxation training
  • Sleep hygiene advice
  • Human support

Sleepstation delivers remote care with a personal touch

  • Reduced risk (compared to prescribing hypnotics)
  • No evidence of hangover
  • No evidence of tolerance
  • No evidence of dependency
  • No daytime sedation
  • No negative effect on memory or psychomotor function
  • Easy to access
  • No waiting lists
  • Outcome focussed
  • Long-lasting effects
  • Resolves all types of insomnia (sleep onset, middle of the night and early waking)
  • Proven efficacy in secondary insomnia
  • Preferred by patients

Sleepstation is an effective adjunct to sleeping pill withdrawal

Some GPs inherit patients who’ve been taking sleeping pills for years. Many use Sleepstation as an adjunct to a gradual withdrawal of long-standing, ineffective sleeping pills.

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Heather

72, from Cambridge

I think it’s an excellent programme. I had taken strong sleeping pills for about 15 years before starting on the programme. It’s also an excellent example of how the NHS can use new technologies to offer support to people in what I think is a cost effective way. I am a total fan!

Before Sleepstation
Time asleep
5hrs 42mins
Time in bed
7hrs 30mins
After four sessions
Time asleep
7hrs
Time in bed
7hrs 35mins

Read more about our results on our patient stories page.

Information for referrers PDF

A PDF document providing more information about our service and the patient pathway is available for download and free to share with NHS colleagues.

Sleep medicine training

Our team also provide sleep medicine training for NHS referrers. This training is delivered at no charge to the practice/organisation providing a minimum of five people attend. Training is currently being delivered via webinar. An outline of the training programme is provided below. To register, email training@sleepstation.org.uk

How to recognise and treat sleep problems

  • What is sleep?
  • Why it is important
  • Taking a quick sleep history
  • Common sleep problems and what to do about them
  • Pharmacological treatments for insomnia
  • Non-pharmacological treatments for insomnia

FAQs

  • How does Sleepstation work for patients?
  • Is there a charge for patients?
  • Is Sleepstation commissioned in my area?
  • How do I refer to Sleepstation?
  • Why should I consider referring to Sleepstation?
  • Won't my patients want pills?
  • What evidence is there for Sleepstation?
  • Isn't all insomnia secondary to some other medical condition?

Try it yourself

If you work for the NHS and you’re struggling with your sleep, you can try Sleepstation for yourself. A specially adapted version of the Sleepstation programme has been made available free of charge to all NHS staff in response to COVID-19.

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