I'm interested in seeing how people came to it – from my point of view it was completely accidental and it seems several others were the same.
So: how did you come to join Sleepio?
I found it after watching the Tonight program on TV, there was a link on the website and I applied. My GP had also given me a document to read relating to poor sleep. Colin Espie is one of the names on it. I made the link and the decision to try.
I was looking on the NHS site for Menopause symptoms and found a link to insomnia which I also have. Clicked in that and voila! SLeepio!
I found sleepio after taking part in some online research/trials as I had been having sleep problems for several years. I was reluctant to go to the doctors for help as I kept getting put on anti-depressants and felt that these were making things worse. I was put on Mirtazapine at one stage, and while these made me sleep I felt like a zombie during the day. I didn't feel like doing anything and things reached a head when I seriously thought about giving up work and everything else I had in my life. I thought enoughs enough and decided to come off mirtazapine, what followed was several months of hell were I couldn't sleep and felt s..t!
During my recovery I started exercising more, eating better, did a mindfulness course and got some psychological therapy. The sleep was still problematic and then I found sleepio, three weeks in and sleep has improved already so I am optimistic that this will continue. I am feeling much better physically despite having periods of overwhelming tiredness due to sleep restriction. Good luck to everyone on the course.
My Dr gave me a prescription for Mirtapazine as I was so tired and I was hitting a 'wall' every afternoon. Even when I had an hour and a half sleep in the afternoon I didn't really function in the evening. I wondered if it was a post viral thing.
I got the prescription – but – I read the possible side effects – which seemed to promise even more of what I was already suffering, I decided something else had to be done.
After searching hard and long I found Sleepio. As it seemed to be endorsed by the NHS I signed up.
Although not quite 'fitting' to my problems the daily reminders about the sleep diary and thus concentration on 'me' time seems to be working.
I watched a TV programme “Why Can't Britain Sleep” on catch up, then followed a link which lead me to the Great British Sleep Survey, and hence to Sleepio. I would never have found it through my GP, as you are only given a 10 minute appointment at our surgery, and all they have time to do is prescribe pills.
Eternal optimist , I had to tell my GP about Sleepio! Over the last four years four different doctors in our practice had prescribed all the pills available for insomnia- to no avail. In desperation I took to Google and came across Sleepio. But was it just a gimmick? I was wary until a friend admitted she had enrolled and been helped after seeing the same TV programme as you.
There was an article in the New York Times about insomnia. Sleepio was mentioned in a positive light!
I'm grateful to have discovered Sleepio.
After many, many frustrating years of often debilitating insomnia with no identifiable physical cause, I first read about Sleepio (as one of many, many programs and gadgets available for the treatment of insomnia) in the NY Times then in The New Yorker magazine and later in Arianna Huffington's book The Sleep Revolution.
Also, I had read many times over the years that the best way to kick or manage long-term or chronic insomnia without drugs was to take a course of cognitive behavioral therapy geared specifically toward insomnia issues. However, that was an expensive option, besides which I never found therapists that specialized in chronic insomnia issues in any of the cities I lived in. So when I read enough mentions of CBT-I related to Sleepio, I checked out the site and then did a research tour of my old friend Dr. Google, which took me to testimonies, scientific studies, statistics, and so forth and I decided Sleepio might just be for me.
And it turns out to have been by far the best thing I have ever done in terms of getting my sleep back to some version of normal. Like many on Sleepio, I have questions (actually, doubts) as to whether I will ever be “cured,” but for me, managing my sleep issues effectively is a hundred times better than the haphazard way I was handling things before.
After a few years of asking my doctor to prescribe Ambien, I asked her if there was something else I could do to help my sleep issues. I asked her to send me to a sleep clinic. However, she said that is really more for people with physical issues, but mine is mental. Mental, i ask!?! So I asked her how I could deal with it. She said she'd research and let me know. A couple weeks later she said the only scientifically proven method is CBT-I (Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia). She said I had choices of either attending a live doctor or doing an online program. She recommended I try the online solution. She gave me a few names (Sleepio included) to research as she wanted the selection to be my choice. I really liked the Sleepio “look” and feel of the website, so I chose this one. So glad I did!! I'm on week 5 and really seeing a difference. The sleep restriction is making me tired during the day but I just got 15 minutes added to my schedule. I'm committed to this until I get where I want to be!
I stumbled onto it while researching my trouble with sleep on the Internet.
My sleep specialist recommended the program.
I saw a programme about insomnia in 2015 that mentioned Sleepio. I looked at the online site and decided to give it ago. It was hard but it worked. Back here again as my sleep deteriorated over this last year during my husband's cancer treatment (he is now much better, thankfully).Struggling a bit but will get there in the end.
I found it in 2016 while searching the internet for help with an insomnia flare up. I had consulted with doctors, who prescribed pills but never mentioned CBT.
What a blessing! I came off Mirt. in Jan, and it has been just awful…I am hoping this helps! Based on reviews, science, and other resources, it works if you stick to it! Thanks for your comment, gives me hope!!
Last night when I couldn't sleep I was watching BBC iPlayer, and they had a show called The Insomniacs, which mentioned Sleepio. The people on the show were on the same medication as I am, except one guy took 16 pills a night, and I take 1-1.5, plus melatonin. Their problems seemed similar to mine, but much less severe, they could still work and drive. I did CBT 12-15 years ago, but it didn't help. Figured I'd give this a go.
I read an article in The Guardian a few months ago, which focused on the Sleepio programme. It was the first time I’d heard about it but it sounded really interesting and included links to the site, which I followed. I have suffered from insomnia for most of my life and have read a lot about it but have never tried CBT. Being on the programme has been an incredibly positive experience for me
Hi GrumpyGray, hopefully you won't be grumpy after doing sleepio for a while, give it your best effort, do as Prof says and those sleepless nights will gradually change to restful sleep nights.
Work hard at it.
It worked for me and countless others.
Thanks. I'm hoping it helps, but if nothing else, at least remind me of some CBT stuff I might have forgotten.
And I was always pretty grumpy, long before the insomnia, it just made me a lot grumpier.
I searched for sleep aids when struggling with adjustment insomnia due to getting off an antidepressant drug that affected my sleep: quetiapine – I do not suggest that anyone use this drug unless absolutely necessary, and definitely not for insomnia! This drug was a nightmare to taper off of and I was near a mental breakdown from the insomnia it caused, not to mention the depression and literal nightmares I was suffering from besides. I stumbled upon Sleepio during my desperate search for quality sleep. It took me a while to be approved but now that I have been, I'm looking forward to this course and hoping that it helps me change my sleep patterns despite the tough situation I have that affects how and when I sleep. Let's see if Sleepio works for me!
Having been a poor sleeper for more than fifty years, I had got to the point of just accepting it, reasoning that if I was tired enough I would sleep. I read an article in The Guardian earlier this year and went online and took the sleep test. The result was that my sleep was very poor! No surprises there. I read a number of articles on the website and tried a few of the suggested techniques. The most helpful was 'Putting the day to rest' and stopping caffeinated drinks after lunchtime including tea. Within weeks I was sleeping nearly an hour more a night and feeling so much better.
A few months later I was offered a place on the course and took the chance to consolidate my improved sleep and hopefully take it a stage further. I am now in Week 4, and although sleeping a lot less than when I started, my sleep quality has improved and most days I am not feeling as tired as I expected to. I am optimistic the programme will work for me in the long run.