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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.

Allergies

Allergy UK

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.

Planwell House LEFA Business Park Edington Way Sidcup Kent DA14 5BH

01322 619898

www.allergyuk.org

Asthma UK

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)

18 Mansell Street LONDON E1 8AA

020 7786 4900

www.asthma.org.uk

Backs

Back Care

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

 

The Charity for Healthier Backs 16 Elmtree Road TEDDINGTON Middlesex TW11 8ST

0208 977 5474

www.backcare.org.uk

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

enquiries@csp.org.uk

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.

 

General Osteopathic Council Osteopathy House 176 Tower Bridge Road LONDON SE1 3LU

020 7357 6655

www.osteopathy.org.uk

Children

Enuresis Resource and Information Centre (ERIC)

The Enuresis Resource & Information Centre (ERIC) provides support and information to younger children, teenagers, parents and health professionals on bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis), day-time wetting, constipation & soiling and incontinence in children with special needs. It offers a range of services, including literature, leaflets, resources, training, research, subscription to ERIC newsletters, and a wide range of products, including enuresis alarms & bedding. The Helpline is available for professionals as well as parents and carers.

ERIC Helpline: 0845 370 8008 (Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

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34 Old School House Britannia Road Kingswood BRISTOL BS15 8DB

0117 960 3060

www.eric.org.uk

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”.

07912 667676

www.thechildrenssleepcharity.org.uk

Other Associations

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

www.acupuncture.org.uk

Sleep Problems

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).

 

Imperial House Hornby Street Bury Lancashire BL9 5BN

0161 705 4304

www.babcp.com

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.

PO Box 247 Colne Huntingdon PE28 3UZ

www.sleepsociety.org.uk

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.

 

Chapter House 33 London Street REIGATE Surrey RH2 9HZ

01737 245638 – Freephone helpline 0800 085 1097

www.britishsnoring.co.uk

CPAP

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.

 

www.CPAP.co.uk

Hypnotherapy Directory

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 a visit the Sleep Disorders page.

Coliseum Riverside Way Camberley Surrey GU15 3YL

0844 8030 242

www.hypnotherapy-directory.org.uk

London Sleep Centre

The 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.

 

137 Harley Street LONDON W1G 6BF

020 7725 0523

www.londonsleepcentre.com

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.

 

PO Box 26865 KIRKCALDY KY2 9BY

0845 4500 394

www.narcolepsy.org.uk

Sleep Apnoea Trust

Sleep 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

www.sleep-apnoea-trust.org

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.

 

PO Box 3087 LONDON W4 4ZP

020 8994 9874 (6pm-8pm weekdays)

www.medicaladvisoryservice.org.uk

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.

 

17 Belgrave Street LONDON SW1X 8PG

020 7235 2351

www.rcpsych.ac.uk