Last published 15 December 2021

Getting a good night’s sleep has many benefits for your health and wellbeing – it helps to lower stress, improve concentration and reduce the risk of many medical conditions, including heart disease and diabetes.

Whether you can’t get to sleep, wake up in the early hours or have bad dreams, there are lots of things you can do to improve your sleep.

From NHS-approved mindfulness apps to podcasts with sleep experts, Good Thinking provides a range of resources to support you in your quest for better sleep. If you’d like more tailored advice, you can use our self-assessment tool.

Good Thinking recommends NHS-approved apps to help you sleep (many of which are free if you live or work in London), including:

Feeling Good (Free)

Widely used by doctors and nurses for their own benefit, the physical exercises teach solid skills that rapidly induce sleep within 2 weeks, also improving mood, reducing worry and increasing vitality.

Be Mindful (free)

A clinically proven online mindfulness course approved by the NHS, Be Mindful helps you to get better sleep through mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT).


Meditainment uses established guided meditation and visualisation techniques, leading you on imaginative journeys to dreamlike destinations to explore and reflect on a range of wellbeing topics.

tomo (free)

tomo is expertly designed to support you with many of life's obstacles, including poor sleep. The app combines digital peer support with the best of social media and proven therapeutic techniques.

Twilight (free)

An app that filters out your phone's harsh blue light to reduce eye strain and help you sleep better.

Check the symptoms and types of sleep disorders and access detailed information sheets about sleep, which you can download and share:

Symptoms of sleep disorder

Types of sleep disorder

Centre for Clinical Interventions sleep workbook

Getting Better Sleep: Common questions & top tips

Take our sleep quiz to get recommendations for NHS-approved apps. You can also use our free clinically-validated self-assessment tool to assess your sleep anonymously – it only takes 20 minutes to complete and will provide you with a guiding diagnosis, helpful resources and, if necessary, relevant treatment options.

Good Thinking sleep quiz

Good Thinking sleep self-assessment

If coronavirus is affecting your sleep, Good Thinking recommends the following articles and podcast. You can find lots more information in our COVID-19 advice hub.

Benefits of healthy sleep patterns (podcast)

How to get enough sleep

Five ways to good mental wellbeing

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