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Sleep Council
The Sleep Council is a UK based organisation offering advice and information for the UK market.

National Bed Federation
The National Bed Federation is the recognised trade association representing UK manufacturers of beds and mattresses and their suppliers. Founded in 1912, its members today account for about 75% of total UK bedding turnover.

Allergy UK
Formerly The British Allergy Foundation, Allergy UK is a national medical charity established to increase understanding and awareness of allergy, to help people manage their allergies, to raise funds for allergy research and to provide training in allergy for health care professionals including Doctors, Nurses, Dieticians and Pharmacists. The website offers advice and support to sufferers with leaflets and factsheets available and members also receive a bi-monthly magazine.

The Charity for Healthier Backs
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 and the new helpline service should be available in the near future.

British Snoring and 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.

British Waterbed Association
Set up by retailers and manufacturers, the aim of the British Waterbed Association is to promote quality waterbed products, increase consumer awareness and advise waterbed users. The website provides information on how the use of a waterbed can aid a good night's sleep and also includes a list of affiliated members and how to contact them.

Enuresis Resource and Information Centre (ERIC)
The Enuresis Resource and 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. There is also a Helpline available for professionals as well as parents and carers on 0117 960 3060 (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm).

Narcolepsy Association
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.

National Asthma Campaign, (NAC)
The NAC 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.

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.

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.

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.

Sleep Assessment & Advisory Centre

Information on specific sleep disorders plus other sleep related miscellanea is available for browsers on the website with 'Insomnia Kits' and sleep related books available to purchase. The Advisory Centre provides assessments, advice and treatment to those who suffer from insomnia and non respiratory sleep problems and consultations are available at its London base or via telephone. Some NHS referrals are accepted but it is primarily a private, fee-paying service.

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