We spend a third of lives doing it. It’s vital to our health and wellbeing. And yet we don’t always pay enough attention to why we need it!

The answer of course is sleep – something that every single one of us does without giving too much thought to just how important good sleep is to how well we cope with everyday life.

And this is where small award-winning national charity, The Sleep Charity, comes in. It was founded by the CEO, Vicki Dawson, after she suffered severe sleep deprivation, leading to being hospitalised, after the birth of her first child and realised there was no support available for her or her son. It now has a strong mission to empower the nation to sleep better.

Since it started in 2012, the charity has gone from strength to strength, supporting 30,000 families a year through the charity and its trained practitioners, with its behavioural approach to sleep issues. It has contracts with local NHS clinical commissioning groups where one-to-one support can be offered to families, and has also won a host of accolades including the recent Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (the highest accolade a community organisation in the UK can get), FSI Small Charity, Big Impact Award and the GSK Impact Award and Third Sector Award.

In July 2020, the charity also acquired long-term working partners, The Sleep Council, as part of a strategic move to be one stronger voice.  This enabled them to start offering wider advice to all age groups through its website and also improved the service offering to include adult courses for health professionals as well as workshops and training to organisations as part of employer wellbeing strategies.

The Sleep Charity aims to:

  • improve sleep support nationally
  • provide access to high quality information
  • raise awareness of the value of a good night’s sleep 
  • provide accredited training for professionals so they can offer sleep support to the people they work with

It’s important that everyone shares the charity’s vision that sleep is a vital component of health and wellbeing and that everyone living with sleep issues has access to effective, consistent, evidence-based support.

Sleep doesn’t just make us feel better. It can improve our health by decreasing the risk of heart attacks, diabetes, strokes and it helps us fight off minor ailments, deal better with stress, anxiety and depression and even tackle weight problems.

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