Where to get help
An invaluable list of organisations which specialise in advising on a whole range of issues related to sleep – from dealing with back pain or allergies to narcolepsy and sleep apnoea.
Allergy UK is a national medical charity established to represent the views and needs of people with allergy, food intolerance and chemical sensitivity. The website offers advice and support to sufferers with leaflets, factsheets and e-newsletters available.
Asthma UK campaigns for the interests of people with asthma, provides public information in the form of leaflets and other publications and funds research. Its website contains up-to-the minute news and information for anyone affected by asthma and provides a direct email link to trained nurses who aim to respond within 72 hours. The helpline runs from 9am to 5pm weekdays and handles 1,500 calls each month.
Asthma Helpline: 0800 121 6244 (9am-5pm weekdays)
020 7786 4900
BackCare, the charity for healthier backs, is dedicated to educating people on how to avoid preventable back pain, and supporting those living with back pain. BackCare does this through education, information, publications, a telephone helpline and local branches. It also funds research and campaigns to raise the profile of issues surrounding back pain. Helpful books, videos and audiotapes are available to buy on the website.
BackCare Helpline: 0845 130 2704
0208 977 5474
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the country’s 45,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants. It aims to support its members and help them to provide the highest standards of patient care.
020 7306 6666
Osteopathic Information Service
This service aims to provide help and information to those suffering from osteopathic related problems such as back pain, which can result in a poor night’s sleep. The site lists published research and all registered osteopaths by the area in which they practice. Leaflets can also be read on site or ordered free of charge.
020 7357 6655
Enuresis Resource and Information Centre (ERIC)
ERIC, The Children’s Bowel & Bladder Charity (www.eric.org.uk) is the only charity dedicated to the bowel and bladder health of all children and teenagers in the UK. ERIC has been raising awareness of bowel and bladder issues since 1988. ERIC provides expert support, information and understanding to children and teenagers and enables parents, carers and professionals to help them establish good bowel and bladder health.
ERIC Bladder and Bowel Helpline: 0845 370 8008 (Calls to the helpline cost 9.6p per minute, plus the phone company’s access charge)
0117 960 3060
The Children’s Sleep Charity
The Children’s Sleep Charity is registered with the Charity Commission and its aim is “All children are supported to get a good night’s sleep and that the importance of sleep for children’s mental, emotional and physical wellbeing is valued and established across England and Wales”.
Child Sleep Solutions
Child Sleep Solutions can help with any sleep problems and have packages to suit all issues and all budgets. We are not staunch supporters of any one approach and strongly believe that any sleep training methods must always be tailored to suit the individual child and family.
020 8851 1454
The Sleep Nanny
Known as The Sleep Nanny, Lucy Shrimpton is an author, speaker and trainer on infant sleep. A mother of two, Lucy knows first hand what it is like to feel extreme sleep deprivation and face challenges with family sleep. Lucy’s best selling book, The Sleep Nanny System and her consulting services touched the lives of thousands of people around the world. She believes that every family can have a healthier and happier life with improved sleep.
0330 999 8890
British Acupuncture Council
With 3,000 qualified members it represents the largest body of professional acupuncturists in the UK. Find details of a highly qualified practitioner.
020 8735 0400
Connects individuals with qualified professionals in the UK. It offers information about what hypnotherapy is, how it can help, upcoming events, articles written by professionals and the latest hypnotherapy news. To ensure the professionalism of the members, each hypnotherapist has provided proof of their qualifications and insurance cover, or proof of professional body membership. To see how, visit the Sleep Disorders page.
Building 3, Riverside Way, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 3YL
0333 325 2502
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
Find details of all officially accredited CBT Therapists. All the practitioners listed are accredited members of either the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), which is the lead organisation for CBT in the UK and Ireland, or the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (AREBT).
0161 705 4304
British Sleep Society
A registered charity, The British Sleep Society is a professional organisation for medical, scientific and healthcare workers dealing with sleeping disorders. Find details of sleep centres local to you.
British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association
Helping snorers and their sleeping partners in the UK and worldwide, the association provides information on the causes and also advice on remedies for snoring. A range of books, devices and remedies are available to purchase on the site, providing information on achieving an undisturbed night’s sleep and there is a monthly newsletter available.
01737 245638 – Freephone helpline 0800 085 1097
A free public information resource for those seeking to learn more about sleep apnoea and snoring and for those who are existing sleep apnoea patients on CPAP therapy. Run by a company called Intus Healthcare, which specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), the site offers users the latest news on OSA, forums for patients to discuss their concerns and health problems, useful tips and trouble-shooting on CPAP therapy via the forums and blogs, useful links to further services and the latest research on OSA, along with frequently asked questions.
Hope2Sleep Charity for Sleep Apnoea, Snoring and Sleep Disordered Breathing
A registered charity run by sleep apnoea sufferers, CPAP and non-invasive ventilator users and sleep professionals – all of whom are passionate and committed in supporting people to get the safe restful sleep they deserve. We constantly raise awareness of Sleep Apnoea and are a unique charity, in that we support patients with all kinds of sleep disordered breathing (Sleep Apnoea, Upper Airways Resistance Syndrome (UARS), Snoring (when UARS or OSA is suspected), Hypoventilation Syndromes and any other condition requiring CPAP or Non-Invasive Ventilation). We self-fund our charity via sales of our CPAP and non-invasive ventilator products which are sometimes required to help people sleep more comfortably in their masks. Support is available 24/7 in our private groups. Please don’t suffer alone when help is freely available!
0300 102 9711
London Sleep Centre
e London Sleep Centre and its associated centre The Edinburgh Sleep Centre are the only centres in the UK that provide access to the full range of services for patients with all types of sleep disorders across the life span within one location. Both are private clinics that accept referrals from General Practitioners and other medical specialists. They also accept direct patient referrals where the patients are self funding. Their specialist teams are recognised by all of the UK private health care companies and by the major international health insurance companies.
020 7725 0523
Narcolepsy Association UK (UKAN)
Narcolepsy is a malfunction of the sleep/wake regulating system of the brain where the sufferer has an irresistible tendency to fall asleep – often in unlikely circumstances – or may have sudden loss of muscle control triggered by excitement, anger or amusement. The website was set up by UKAN, the Narcolepsy Association UK, with the aim of promoting awareness and providing information on how the condition is diagnosed and treated. Members also receive a quarterly newsletter.
0845 4500 394
Sleep Apnoea Trust
leep apnoea is a disorder that occurs during sleep when the sleeper actually stops breathing due to a tightening of muscles in the throat which awakes them in a breathless state before quickly returning back to sleep. A registered charity and managed by volunteers, the trust aims to improve the lives of sleep apnoea patients and their families by offering information, support and non-medical advice while also sending regular newsletters to trust members. Membership can be obtained via the website, which also lists a number of sleep clinics and helplines to call for advice.
PO Box 60 Chinnor Oxfordshire OX39 4XE
0845 038 0060
Sleep Matters Helpline
This helpline run by the Medical Advisory Service puts callers straight through to trained nurses who will talk through problems and, if necessary, refer to the right source for further help and advice.
020 8994 9874 (6pm-8pm weekdays)
Sleepstation is a sleep app for people suffering from insomnia. The app uses CBTi (cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia) to cure sleeping problems and give patients better control over their sleep. The eight week therapy course includes a personal sleep coach who will offer support along the way. Sleepstation is a clinically proven treatment for insomnia. It is available for free on the NHS in England or you can buy it for £145 (less than £3 a week for a year’s access).
0333 800 9404
The Royal College of Psychiatrists
The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional and educational body of psychiatrists in the UK and Ireland. The website looks at many related subjects in the area of psychiatry, one of which is sleep. Leaflets and factsheets are available to read on the site along with the option to send off for the leaflets or purchase audiotapes to help with sleeping problems.
020 7235 2351