NHS access to Sleepstation

Sleepstation helps people sleep better without pills. Sleepstation is an approved NHS service, available on the NHS in England since 2012.

Our NHS service is delivered through Newcastle Hospitals. In the areas where Sleepstation is available on the NHS in England, the cost of accessing the service is fully funded by the NHS.

Where is Sleepstation available on the NHS?

Sleepstation is not available on the NHS everywhere. It is available in some parts of England. It is not currently available on the NHS in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. We can provide funding to help NHS patients living outside of England access our service privately.

How does Sleepstation work?

We’ll help you understand what might be keeping you awake. We’ll review your progress each week and provide personalised advice and guidance to help you overcome your sleep problem.

Sleepstation is built around the most effective treatment for insomnia available. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for insomnia (CBTi) is supported by over 30 years of science and is proven to help people overcome insomnia and sleep better.

You can find out more about how it works here

How can I access Sleepstation via the NHS?

Sleepstation is available by GP referral and by self-referral. The options available to you depend on where you live in England.

If you live in a self-referral area, you could start Sleepstation straightaway, without involving your GP.

You can find out which option applies to you by completing the form below.

We know this process can seem confusing, so if you’d like to discuss your options just call us on 0333 800 9404. We’d be happy to help.

Request NHS options

If you were signposted to Sleepstation by a pharmacist, you'll find your referral code on the leaflet they gave you.

Who can use Sleepstation?

Sleepstation is suitable for adults with chronic insomnia. Insomnia is called chronic when a person has insomnia at least three nights a week for a month or longer.

Sleepstation may not be suitable for you if you suffer from bipolar disorder, mania, epilepsy, schizoaffective disorder or schizophrenia. It should be used with caution if you suffer from severe migraine or have had a head injury.

I have already been referred by my GP, what happens now?

There are no waiting lists to access Sleepstation on the NHS but, if you’ve been referred by a GP, we require confirmation from your GP before you start. GPs typically send necessary paperwork to us within 3 days of an appointment.

When we receive your referral we’ll contact you. We aim to contact everyone within two working days. If you’ve been waiting for longer than two weeks already please contact us to discuss.

Important information about NHS referrals

If you choose to self-refer to Sleepstation you will need to confirm that you are entitled to receive NHS treatment. You will be asked to provide your NHS number and your GP details. If you do not have your NHS number to hand this can be requested from your GP.

The regulations that govern who can and can’t receive treatment are complex and may change. If you are unsure if you’re entitled to receive NHS treatment please check before starting the referral process.

A person who is regarded as ordinarily resident in the UK is eligible for free NHS treatment. Anyone coming to live in this country would qualify as ordinarily resident. Overseas visitors to the UK are not regarded as ordinarily resident if they do not meet this description.

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterised by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. People with insomnia have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
  • Waking up too early in the morning
  • Feeling tired upon waking

Enquiry form

If you have a question or would like to discuss your options please complete the form below.