When it comes to comfortable bedding, I am known in some parts as ‘The Princess & The Pea’…That’s why I thought I would share with you about my top 5 sleep products for fibromyalgia, CFS/ME and chronic pain.
Sleep is a Gut Matter – Seriously
As more and more research comes to light in regards to our gut health, one of the many interesting studies has shown the correlation between our guts, our microbial system and our overall health – and sleep itself.
In other words, healing our guts is actually dealing with a key root cause for many of our health issues, including sleep, as well as pain and inflammation, IBS, fatigue, brain fog and so much more.
In fact, gut health is also linked to diabetes, cancer, heart disease and obesity.
Therefore, my first port of call and suggestion to help you sleep better is taking care of you from the inside!
Cleansing is Imperative
Sleep issues actually are a component of toxic overload and toxicity. And if you don’t think you’re toxic, think again. We’re BORN toxic and are exposed on average to 515 toxic chemicals. A DAY. In our body care products ALONE. And if you don’t think this screws up your health – and your sleep?! Think again!
That’s why cleansing/detoxing isn’t a fad folks. In fact, it is an imperative necessity these days. Seriously.
My recommendation is for an incredible (and pleasant tasting) gentle cleanse that is all natural, vegan, gluten free, organic and includes the incredibly powerful ganoderma and chaga mushrooms on top of many other things. (This is new to this blog -so not in my top 5 originally published – but I would now say it’s actually NUMBER 1!).
You can get this cleanse here By cleansing your liver and guts, it allows for many, many benefits, including nutrients to be absorbed into your system better – which can affect sleep.
Heal yourself first! And a good sleep will happen. Seriously. And WITHOUT DRUGS. Honest.
Finding a comfortable mattress is of course the key component to ensuring you are getting the support and comfort you require. I highly recommend if you can physically try a mattress first before buying…and if that is impossible, make sure that if you buy a mattress/mattress topper online that there is a full refund policy if you are not happy. A mattress should be replaced every 7 years according to the Sleep Council.
For me, one of the biggest things that made a difference has been our N:Rem Sleep System mattress. It’s brilliant!
And it has been DESIGNED FOR CHRONIC PAIN.
The mattress comes with several different foam densities, allowing you to personally adjust for your requirements from soft to very firm. And the great thing is, your bed buddy can adjust to fit their preferences separately!
The N:Rem Sleep System has a fantastic 100 day trial and it is £1 a day to buy – no matter what size! And with a 100 night trial and a 10 year guarantee? At £1 a day – well, all I can tell you is it’s been a life-changer (or a sleep changer lol!) for hubby and me.
This mattress is only available in the UK – please mention the Voucher ‘FIBROMAPP’ and get a £30 discount on the N:Rem Sleep System Website.
(Check out the different colours of foam indicating the different firmness levels – all easy to adjust and lock into place when you have a look on their website. Extremely simple and clever!!!).
Getting the right mattress is ultimately huge component to your health and well-being as sleep is one of the best healers in the world!
Here are my top 5 faves for getting a good sleep!
The Chronic Pain (Maternity!) Pillow
One of the best investments that I have made this year is buying a maternity pillow. No, I’m not pregnant, but yes, I sure need comfort and support!
I have turned my pillow around so that there is an area to go under my legs to support and take the pressure off my lower back and hips.
So far, after a year of constant use, this pillow continues to hold it’s loft! Plus I love how it cradles me and provides support, even lying on my side.
Several of my friends have purchased body pillows…but the biggest issue is taking the cover off to change it. (One friend said it took her AND her mother close to 15 minutes to change hers – and it wiped her out!).
- No repositioning during the night, simply turn from side to side
- Hour glass inner curves snug and support your entire back and belly
- Aligns hips for neutral joint positioning
- Ideal for sciatica, gastric reflux, congestion, fibromyalgia, and carpal tunnel syndrome
2. Polar Fleece Sheets
Ok. Not great if you struggle with night sweats or on hot summer days…but in the cooler months, these polar fleece sheets are soooo cosy! My husband always comments that ‘the sheets have trapped him in bed’ as they are that comfortable, it makes it hard to leave ‘the cocoonerie’!
My mother sent me these sheets years ago from Canada and I was so thrilled to see that they are now available on Amazon. They wash and dry really quickly and they have stood the test of time remarkably well.
Yep. They are an investment, but well worth the price for the years of comfort and cosiness that they will provide for you.
Struggle with feeling too hot? Bamboo sheets are what folks are raving about. Super soft and nice and cool, too!
3. The Chillow Pillow
Studies have shown that cooling our heads has been shown to help us get to sleep faster and longer. I know for myself, having a cool head in using either one of these packs or just ice packs at the base of my head help my insomnia quite remarkably.
Personally, anything that is not medication related and that can do the job naturally, with no side effects, is my kind of product!
As well, people with CFS/ME find that it can really help them relax and sleep due to potentially reducing swelling of the brain.
- Made in the USA and Imported
- Relieves Night Sweats, Hot Flashes, Back Aches, Sore Feet, Fever, Restless Legs, Sunburn, Migraines & more
- Glove Leather soft exterior instantly cooling to skin – no latex or hard nylon/polyester
- Cool Soft Memory Foam feel, not hard like gel products which heat up, feel hard, grow stiff over time and cannot disperse heat consistently
- Large full pillow size, No electricity needed
- USA Made material, non- toxic, no overseas toxic material or undisclosed gel ingredients
4. Oil Difuser Vapoziser
For many of us with fibromyalgia and CFS/ME we can be sensitive to smell – in both ways. We can smell things when nobody else can it seems!
Setting ‘the mood’ for getting a good sleep is imperative. For me, if I am able to, having a hot soak in the bath with my Kneipp Valerian & Hops herbal bath, with the lights off, candles on and this aromatherapy oil diffuser going in the bedroom, so when I am finished with my bath it’s time to easily chillax.
Admittedly, this all goes tits up within minutes because I am yet to find a comfortable bath position or proper mat to get the weight off my hips and coccyx – if you have a solution with a great product please put it in the comment section below!.
One of my favourite oils that makes the whole house feel clean and fresh has got to be lemongrass oil.
In trying all sorts of pillows over the past few years, I always went back to my tried and true friends…of the feathered variety. (In fact, I still have the pillows I had when I moved away to school 25 years ago!). Problem was cleaning them was a nightmare. (Feathers EVERYWHERE in the dryer…all over the house!) and my husband started to get blocked up and coughing during the night…which stopped immediately when I replaced the feather pillows with these organic buckwheat pillows. Live in the USA? Here’s a link for an organic buckwheat pillow.
We love how they contour around our necks and shoulders giving support just where it is needed…and the ability to adjust the amount of filling makes this pillow excellent. You can also remove some of the buckwheat easily, should you find that the pillow is too high for you.
And as an added bonus and addendum to this blog… a cheeky Number 6…
#6 Sleep N’Lose Sleep (and Weight Loss) Supplement
Imagine losing weight AND also getting a better sleep? Naturally?! Who wouldn’t want that?! And it’s non-habit forming and has 2 purposes – 1 as a nighttime sleep aid and 2 with a patent pending formula you can use to help with weight loss should you wish (and following instructions)! #awesome
Sleep N’ Lose does just that. In fact, combined with the Te Divina Detox Tea (from the same company), I lost 30lbs and 34 inches in 8 weeks, eating real food (clean eating) and was able to go off of all my meds (with my doctor’s guidance, of course) including amitriptyline for sleep issues due to fibromyalgia.
Sleep N’ Lose ships pretty much globally and is available here.
A Final Tip
If you are anything like me (and most people I know), my night table has a mobile/cell phone charging, my tablet, my Kindle as does my husband’s side of the table. Radio frequencies abound when we do not shut these things off! Have you ever noticed when you are near a radio and a text message comes in or you send one and it makes weird sounds on your mobile?
Guess what? These radio frequencies are really affecting our sleep! For more information on how this affects us, please check out EMF & Radio Frequencies.
Try switching everything off before you go to bed – including your bed buddy’s stuff – these waves really do interfere with our sleep. No, you aren’t going to stop them completely, but at least they are not beside your head and in bed!
Is a Poor Quality of Sleep Affecting Pain, Brain Fog and Depression/Anxiety?
You had better believe it does! Here is an article by the National Institute of Health – albeit it is about osteoarthritis, the principle still applies. Getting a good sleep is paramount!
So there you have it! My top 5 best products to help you sleep and get comfortable for fibromyalgia, CFS/ME and chronic pain!