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About Us

Sleep – we all do it, but nearly half of us don’t do it well. And whether you sleep well or not, it is essential to our health and wellbeing. Without it we’re not much good at doing anything else – our health suffers, our love life suffers, work suffers, the list goes on.

Unfortunately it’s not that easy to get more sleep, most of us would love to but don’t know how to!

Established since 1995, The Sleep Council is an impartial organisation that looks at how you can adopt healthier sleep habits and focuses on raising awareness of a good night’s sleep to health and wellbeing. (We would like to stress that we are not experts or specialists in the fields of sleep disorders or insomnia.)

We also provide helpful advice and tips on how to improve sleep quality from children, teens through to adults and how to create the perfect sleep environment. All our information can be found on our website or in two main leaflets – The Good-Night Guide and the Good-Night Guide for Children – which can be requested via our leaflet line or downloaded from the website.

Over the years, we’ve carried out many surveys and sponsored or commissioned a number of research projects. We’ve campaigned for more sleep education in public health initiatives and schools including preparing school packs on sleep. We’ve looked at sleep across all ages and gender and examined the effect of stress on sleep. Our Great British Bedtime Report (2013) is a definitive guide to the nation’s sleep habits.

Every year we organise awareness events – Sleeptember (which runs through the month of September to highlight the benefits of a good night’s sleep) and National Sleep In Day in the autumn (it’s the day the clocks go back when we all get an extra hour in bed!) We also participate in National Bed Month in March which has been running since 1990.

The Sleep Council is the consumer education arm of the National Bed Federation, the trade association for British bed manufacturers.