About Sleepio

Sleepio is a digital sleep improvement programme, clinically proven to help overcome even long term poor sleep without pills. It is part of Big Health, the digital behavioural medicine company.

Our work so far

Founded by sleep expert Professor Colin Espie and ex-insomnia-sufferer Peter Hames, we are also committed to advancing the understanding and profile of sleep problems. We have been measuring the world's sleep since March 2010 via the Great British Sleep Survey and World Sleep Survey, collecting one of the world's largest sleep datasets in the process. We have also developed partnerships with organisations including the Guardian and the Mental Health Foundation to promote awareness of the importance of sleep.


  • Prof Colin Espie
    Co-Founder, Clinical and Scientific Director
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    Professor Colin Espie has been researching sleep and insomnia for over 30 years, holding professorial appointments at University of Rochester (NY), Université Laval, Quebec City, and University of Sydney. He is on the Education and Sleep Medicine Committees of the European Sleep Research Society, is Membership Chair of the World Sleep Federation and leads its insomnia task force and is part of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at University of Oxford. He has published over 200 scientific papers and 5 books, and co-founded Sleepio to allow the widest population possible to benefit from his findings.

  • Peter Hames
    Co-Founder, CEO
    A picture of Peter Hames

    Peter Hames holds a Masters degree in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University, and overcame his long term poor sleep by applying techniques refined by Professor Espie. It was his frustration at how difficult it was to access these proven techniques that inspired him to create the Sleepio course, using his experience of web technologies.

  • Martha Lane-Fox
    Sleepio Advisor, UK Digital Champion

    As co-founder of lastminute.com Martha became an icon of the first internet boom in the early 2000s. She is now the UK Government's Digital Champion, attempting to get 100% of the nation online and to improve public services using technology. She also co-founded Lucky Voice and Antigone, and serves as a non-executive director at Marks & Spencer, Channel 4 and Mydeco.com.

  • Prof Sir Neil Douglas
    Sleepio Advisor, Chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

    Sir Neil Douglas MD(Edin) DSc(Edin) HonMD(StA) FRCP FRCPE is Chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Professor of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at the University of Edinburgh and an Honorary Consultant Physician at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Previous roles include President of the British Sleep Society and President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. He has long championed the provision of clinical services for sleep disorders in the UK.