Sleep Hygiene

Good sleep hygiene is about practising a variety of healthy lifestyle and sleep habits that can improve your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. Small changes can have a huge impact on your sleep quality and quantity.

Is There Love In Sharing A Bed Or Sleeping Apart?

Is There Love In Sharing A Bed Or Sleeping Apart?

With the day of ‘lurve’ just around the corner, nothing beats finishing off Valentine’s day curling up in bed with your partner – before kicking them out to go sleep in the spare bedroom! And who said romance was dead? According to our 2017 Great British Bedtime...
Struggling To Sleep? Get A Sleep Plan To Help

Struggling To Sleep? Get A Sleep Plan To Help

Having trouble falling off to sleep because you’re stressed or have an overactive mind? Or do you find yourself waking frequently in the night? Do you exercise in the evening, drink lots of caffeine after 5pm or sleep on an old uncomfortable bed? These are all...

How To Keep Warm On Chilly Nights

There’s certainly a nip in the air and as we hurtle into winter, there’s nothing more comforting than curling up for a long sleep in a warm, cosy bed. With temperatures usually at their lowest in the early hours, the reality is many people can be too cold and...
Skipping Sleep To Binge On TV

Skipping Sleep To Binge On TV

Binge-watching has become a normal viewing habit but latest figures from Ofcom reveal that around 10 million Britons have skipped sleep, or made themselves tired, because of binge-watching. The temptation to stay up to find out what happens next is too much for some...
Which Sleep Character Are You?

Which Sleep Character Are You?

Sleepless nights will hopefully be a thing of the past as we launch our six, fun ‘Sleep Scenario’ characters on our brand new website. The exciting sleep profiles have been introduced to help people relate to any sleep issues they may be dealing with. So meet our six...

10 Reasons Why You Still Can’t Sleep

You’ve heard it all before: Don’t watch TV or check your emails in bed. Have your last cup of coffee mid-afternoon.  Don’t work out too close to bedtime… and yet you’re doing all this but you still can’t sleep! So what’s going wrong? Here are some other reasons...

What You Want To Know When It Comes To Sleep!

Do you think you sleep too much or too little? Should you nap? Why won’t your child sleep? These are just some of the common queries that you want answers too and since we’re celebrating Sleeptember – the month dedicated to highlighting the benefits of a good night’s...

It’s Not Olympic Glory For Sleep

So the Rio Olympics officially start tonight and it promises to be a great month of sporting glory. But with the time difference between the host country Brazil and England, it does mean that many of the events are on late at night and into the early hours of the...

The Right And Wrong Food For Good Sleep

The right food can definitely help get you in the mood for sleep whilst the wrong food can have you tossing and turning and uncomfortable in bed. What you eat and drink in the hours before bedtime is crucial to getting a good night’s sleep. Certain foods are known to...

Volunteers Required For Channel 4 Sleep Disorders Programme

Can you help?  7 Wonder Productions are looking for men and women who suffer with sleep related health problems and feel it’s holding them back from living the life they dream of. Are you awake all night and exhausted all day, feel like you’re living in a different...

Do You Suffer From Slanger?

Have you ever suffered from poor sleep and then found yourself boiling over with rage at the smallest thing or feeling irrational when it came to a certain problem or situation? Turns out you may be suffering from ‘slanger’ – the seething anger that consumes a person...

Improve Your Sleep With Hypnotherapy

We all know that sleep is the third element of a healthy lifestyle alongside diet and exercise trio. Good quality sleep, that allows you to feel alert during the day, is critical to your health and wellbeing. However, getting that good night’s sleep can be easier said...

People Needed For Sleep Focus Groups – Mon 5th Oct

Silentnight is running focus groups on the evening of Monday 5th October 2015 in Manchester City Centre and if you often experience problems sleeping, they’d love to hear from you. They want to find out about some of the reasons why you struggle to get enough...

Time To Get More Sleep

It’s been all over the press about how Public Health England is launching a new government marketing campaign to encourage adults between the ages of 40 and 60 to spend more time sleeping to boost their health and wellbeing. We’ve been called upon to make comments to...

How Much Sleep Do We Get?

Pick up a newspaper or magazine and chances are you’ll see the latest report on how we are a sleep deprived nation. And it’s true. A huge percentage of us are not getting enough sleep. Sleep is really important – not only does it make you look better but having a good...

Recipe For Good Sleep

Late night snacking isn’t ideal – think discomfort and indigestion – but neither is going to bed hungry – growling tummies and waking early ready for a big breakfast. Certain foods are known to calm the brain and help promote sleep so choose the...

The Power Of Napping

Dame Kelly Holmes was recently quoted as advocating a power nap of 10-20 minutes between 1pm and 4pm in order to boost energy levels in the evening. She said “it helps lower your stress levels and blood pressure by giving your body a mini system reboot.” And Winston...

Key To Winning? Getting A Good Night’s Sleep

It’s the London Marathon this weekend and as thousands get some last minute training in, we’re urging all those participating to remember to get a good night’s sleep before the big day! Not only is exercise good for sleep but sleep is good for exercise.  Those who...

How Much Do You Think Your Sleep Is Worth?

Sleep is essential to health and wellbeing. What else is there that impacts on how we think, perform, behave, look and feel? Yet many of us underestimate the value of a good night’s sleep and what’s interesting is how much we are prepared to spend on a comfortable,...

Make Bedtime ‘Book time’ for World Book Day

As a lover of books I love today – World Book Day! It’s primarily an initiative that is aimed at children and schools to celebrate reading but it’s also a great opportunity to remind adults about the benefits of reading a good book too – much better than tweeting or...

Too Stressed To Sleep?

Ever felt like everything was getting too much? Work piling on the pressure? Trying to juggle family and work? Health issues? Financial worries? With so much going on in our lives, it’s little wonder that many of us are suffering from some elements of stress, with...

Don’t Give Sleep A Bad Name

Hands up if you’ve ever struggled to get your child to go to bed, been able to keep them in bed or even get them to actually sleep… I bet most parents have suffered with at least one of these issues at some point in their child’s life. But have you ever thought you...

Shift Work Dulls Brain

Scientists are warning that working antisocial hours can prematurely age the brain and dull intellectual ability- that’s according to a new report published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine. It’s suggested that a decade of shifts aged the brain...

What The Experts Say About Having A Lie In

As National Sleep In Day approaches this Sunday (October 26) – the day the clocks go back and we all get an extra hour in bed – we asked leading experts what an extra hour in bed can do for us, in terms of mental and physical benefits. And here’s what they had...

Are You An Inshopniac?

Smartphones have a lot to answer for! Not only have they had influence on our sleep habits but it’s also emerged that they are now having a part to play in the rise of nocturnal spending. It seems that rather than facing busy High Streets or shopping centres,...

Are You A Sleep Procrastinator?

Ever wondered if YOU are the reason you’re not getting enough sleep? Think about it. It’s bedtime. Your work and chores are done. You have to get up early. You’re tired. Yet you still put off going to bed. And why’s that? Because you’re a bedtime procrastinator....

Cotton Wool Generation Stay In And Sleep Less

Do you remember the days as a kid when you were thrown out of the house in the morning by your mum and you only returned home to have your lunch and dinner? Most of my childhood memories are about playing games – rounders, bulldogs charge, endless cycling and roller...

It’s Not World Cup Glory For Sleep

While I’m not a fan of football, even I know that the World Cup is now well underway and I don’t mind catching the odd England game. But with the time difference between tournament host country Brazil and England, it does mean that many games are on late at night and...

The Latest Trend: Sleep Hacking

So there’s a new craze erupting and it’s not the latest diet fad or this summer’s fashion. No, apparently the new trend is ‘sleep hacking’ – where we’re training our mind and body to cope with far less sleep. When I read this article, I was horrified. There are women...

Your Sleep Style Explained

According to some reports, the sleeping position you adopt in bed can tell a lot about your personality. But do you agree? Here are the most common sleep positions and their meanings. Foetus You appear hard faced on the outside but on the inside you are sensitive. Log...

Sleep Your Way To The Top

Preparing for an important exam, presentation or interview? It may be tempting to stay up late the night before, trying to cram information into your head, but DON’T! You will be much better off getting an early night instead. Not only will you be more refreshed when...

The Gift Of Sleep Is Priceless

Flowers and chocolates – once staple classics for Mother’s Day gifts – have dropped off the radar in favour of ‘money can’t buy’ presents.   So if you’re wondering what to get your mum this weekend then one of the best treats you could give her is to let her have a...

New ITV1 Show Needs You

Want to save money on your new bed? Want free expert advice on your new bed? Want to be on TV? A new ITV1 show is looking for people wanting to buy a new bed/mattress with help from a money saving expert.  If you’d like to be involved please get in touch now...

Grab A Book This Bedtime And Celebrate World Book Day!

Today is World Book Day! A celebration of authors, illustrators, books and most importantly it’s a celebration of reading. And here at The Sleep Council we’re big believers in reading – especially when it’s used as part of a bedtime routine. Reading is one of the most...

Dangers Of Being Sleepy While Driving

I recently read in the paper of a 46-year-old man who commutes a 362 mile trip to work, every day. Gary Egan’s alarm goes off at 3.30am and he’s at his desk 181-miles away, three hours later. He works 12 hours, and then sets off back on his 181-mile journey home.  To...

The Word For 2014: SLEEP

How many of us make New Year’s resolutions only for them to be broken days or weeks later? I think we can all safely say we’ve been there, done that and got the t-shirt. So this year instead of making a resolution why not choose a word that will guide you through the...

Sleep Yourself Young

Legendary Friends actress, Courteney Cox, has revealed that ‘sleep and water’ are her simple secrets to looking youthful. She looks fantastic given that she’s a year off turning 50. Here’s hoping I look as good as she does when I’m that age! And it’s true that sleep...

Time To Unplug The Gadgets And Recharge The Mind

We often say we need to make ‘time to unwind’ but it seems the mantra for today should be its ‘time to unplug’. Most of us are constantly connected – whether that’s checking mobile phones, tablets and laptops for texts, Facebook updates, or after-business-hours...

Early Mornings For Thinking, Planning and Achieving

How many times have you heard, or said yourself, ‘there’s just not enough hours in the day’. If you’re like me, it’s a lot! In our increasingly demanding lives, not having enough time is becoming an ever-growing grumble so what are we doing about it? Well it seems...

So Why Do You Think You Feel So Shattered?

Are you constantly on the go? Never sitting down to rest? Feeling like your brain is bursting at the seams? Well now there’s a new term to describe this feeling and it’s fast becoming a modern day health problem: Adrenal fatigue or to put it even more simply,...
Sophrology to Sleep Better

Sophrology to Sleep Better

Sophrology? What’s that I hear you say? Well to be honest, that was my first reaction too. But as it’s Sleeptember – our awareness month highlighting the healthy benefits of sleep – then I have to say I was intrigued when I heard about this therapy.  It’s not...

Beauty Sleep Is Not A Myth

We all say it, we all know it but now further research backs up the claim that a good night’s sleep does make you look better ! Scientists have now proved that less shut eye not only creates wrinkles but makes us look older. Is there any better reason to get a good...

Sleep Is Always The Winner

Marion Bartoli prepared for her Wimbledon semi-final win over Kirsten Flipkens by sleeping in the locker room until 30 minutes before going onto court. Unusual and definitely not what I could muster before a big game but if it works, it works… I guess! The Frenchwoman...

Difficulty Sleeping – Volunteers Required For Study

Are you a UK resident who has difficulty sleeping? If so, you may be eligible to take part in a trial investigating the effects of relaxing music and guided meditation upon sleep. Volunteers are required for a Masters Degree study which runs for six weeks, involving...

Are You A ‘Light’ Sleeper?

Hands up who finds it harder to sleep when it’s lighter in the morning and at night? It’s not just children who find the switch into British Summertime difficult (though understandably it’s more of a struggle for them to grasp and trust me when I tell you, my children...

Sleep Myths: Fact or Fiction

If you want to get more sleep, then it’s time to separate the fact from the fiction and bust some of the more common sleep myths. The reality is we are often the biggest culprits of our own sleep deprivation. We find it hard to break bad habits and buy into sleep...

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