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.
There are a few ways to access Sleepstation the simplest method for NHS access is to:
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.
Sleepstation is incredibly effective, our service has been clinically tested and proven to work. Some facts about Sleepstation’s effectiveness:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 via our NHS options page.
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 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.
Some people have reported that alternative therapies such as acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology and hypnosis have been useful in helping them relax and improve sleep.
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