Definitive advice on getting a good night’s sleep is being promoted by The Sleep Council, as it calls on the Government to make a sound night’s rest a public health priority.

The 10 Commandments of Good Sleep was launched to celebrate The Sleep Council’s annual Sleeptember campaign, and has been drawn up by one of Britain’s top sleep gurus, Professor Jason Ellis of Northumbria University, who has been working with The Sleep Council for the past 18 months.

The move comes as a new survey shows more than two-thirds of people (67%) think more education and public health initiatives from the Government are needed to promote good sleep health.

Lisa Artis, head of The Sleep Council, says: “We have long felt the Government needs to place greater importance of a good night’s sleep to overall health and wellbeing on the Public Health Agenda – and the results of this survey would suggest that public support is behind us.”

Jason adds: “Over the past few years there’s been a growing awareness of the impact sleep can have on our physical and mental wellbeing, and not just for those with sleep problems. With the wealth of studies, surveys and expert opinions, it has led to a lot of conflicting messages. By looking at the different advice and scientific evidence, it’s been possible to create a simple, best practice guide for achieving a healthy night’s sleep.

“The guide is simple to follow and shows how making a few changes to your routine over a 24-hour period can make a huge difference to your wellbeing.”

The 10 Commandments of Good Sleep can be found here.