Getting enough sleep is crucial for your mental health. We’ve created lots of information, tools and advice to help you sleep better. And you don’t even have to be a Bupa customer.

Better sleep, better mental health

A lot of people struggle to get a good night’s sleep. Perhaps it takes you ages to drop off, or you’re awake several times in the night, or you wake up far too early. If this is your normal, we can help.

It’s important because the link between sleep and mental health is very strong. And besides depression, anxiety and stress, lack of sleep can lead to serious physical conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Poor sleep also shortens your life expectancy.

Sleep and mental health

“Up to one in three people in the UK have trouble sleeping at night. Some of the most common things that keep us awake are stress and worry. We know that sleep is essential for every aspect of physical and mental health, from helping us fight off the common cold to avoiding heart disease. And it’s crucial for mental sharpness and emotional wellbeing.”

Julius Patrick, Lead Sleep Physiologist at the Bupa Cromwell Hospital, December 2019

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Support from Bupa’s experts to help you sleep better

Our wellbeing platform, Healthy Me, is where you’ll find help in coping with mental health, sleep and anxiety.

If you’re in a crisis or just need some help, don’t hesitate. Here are some really helpful organisations that you can turn to for support.

  • Samaritans

  • Mind

  • YoungMinds

  • Mental Health Foundation

  • Rethink Mental Illness

Mental health support as part of Bupa health insurance

Direct Access telephone services are available as long as the symptoms are covered under the policy. If your cover excludes conditions you had before your policy started, we’ll ask you to provide evidence from your GP that your symptoms are not pre-existing for a period of up to two years from policy start date (or up to five years in the case of mental health). We can then refer you to a consultant or therapist through the Direct Access service. Always call us first to check your eligibility.

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