Sleepio 

Sleepio is a digital programme that helps people overcome sleep problems. It's based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and evidence suggests that it can even help people who have long-term sleep problems to sleep better.

Sleepio works on desktop computers, tablets or via an iPhone app. It's also compatible with some of the tracking devices you can use to track your daily lifestyle habits.

The programme starts with an in-depth sleep questionnaire, or you can download sleep data from your tracking device. This information is used to create a personalised sleep course for you. The course lasts six weeks, but you get one year's online support from Sleepio's online community.

Throughout the course you will have weekly online meetings with "The Prof", a virtual sleep expert who is there to guide you and suggest proven sleep improvement techniques.

Sleepio is being used by a number of NHS mental health services as a self-help therapy for people who have a combination of poor sleep and depression or anxiety.

Who is it suitable for?

Sleepio is for adults who have trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep or who wake up feeling unrefreshed. Sleepio is effective whether your sleep problems have appeared recently or you have had them for years.

See more about who Sleepio is suitable for.

How do I access it?

Sleepio is available as an iPhone app and also online at www.sleepio.com.

At the moment it is only available on the NHS in a few areas.

Will I have to pay?

Unless you live in one of the areas where Sleepio is available on the NHS, you will need to buy it. A year's access costs £200 (less than £4 a week).

See more about Sleepio.

Page last reviewed: 30/04/2015

Next review due: 24/03/2018