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 best sleep products for fibromyalgia, CFS/ME and chronic pain.
As many of you know, getting a good, well-rested sleep where you wake up feeling refreshed and better is the dream for many of us. In fact, there is a direct correlation to poor sleep, increased pain, and mental health issues such as brain fog, anxiety and depression.
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!
Ps. One of the main issues that can cause sleep disturbances and insomnia are…opiate medications. Using my FibroMapp app to track my medications, I was able to determine that it was Tramadol and Tylenol 3 that were the culprits for NINE YEARS of insomnia! Seriously. Here’s a good article if you’re interested in finding out more about how opiates affect sleep.
Here are my top 5 best sleep products to help you get a good sleep!
1. A Good Mattress/Mattress Topper
Firstly, let’s start off with the base issue for many – a comfortable mattress is of course the key component to ensuring you are getting the support and comfort you require.
Did you know that a mattress should be replaced every 7 years according to the Sleep Council?
And that’s for ‘normal’ people who generally only sleep in it…versus people with chronic pain, fibromyalgia and CFS, who may be spending a lot more time in bed!
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, including pick-up and handling fees.
Foam or No Foam, That is the Question
I know many people who swear by memory foam mattresses – and people who find their’s way too hot for them.
So, it is imperative if you are making an investment in a mattress to ensure that if it doesn’t suit you can get refunded. (And make sure that you don’t get rid of your previous mattress until you are A-Ok with the new one!!!)
Personally, after experiencing a foam mattress that was ‘gassing off’ ie a new mattress that was releasing horrible toxic fumes…for over a week…I had a LOT of concerns that this was what we were sleeping on. And breathing.
Therefore, I sent it back and went for an organic mattress made with cotton, wool and alpaca.
I found this still a bit too hard, so we ended up getting an AWESOME feather mattress topper.
IT IS LIKE SLEEPING ON A CLOUD!
Ps. We knew this mattress and topper was making a substantial difference in pain levels, but we didn’t know how much until we went away for a weekend and slept on a crummy mattress.
It took weeks to be able to walk properly, and 2 trips to the chiropractor! For 2 nights on an un-supportive mattress! So…think about how YEARS on your mattress may be causing you all sorts of pain and problems sleeping???
2. 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 five year’s 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 other body pillows…but the biggest issue is taking the cover off (and putting it back on) to change it. (One friend said it took her AND her mother close to 15 minutes to change hers – and it wiped her out!). Not so for the Sanggol, with a big zipper for easy access!
- 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
I cannot recommend the Sanggol pillow enough. Excellent, long-lasting quality – and available in the US and the UK.
Update: I have been using this pillow for close to 5 years now. It has never lost it’s loft, and it remains a #1 investment for comfort, sleep …and pain! Highly recommended!
3. Bamboo Bedding
You read that right. Bamboo?
Are you thinking scratchy, uncomfortable and, well, yucky? Think again!
Think luxuriously silky soft. Think all-natural and amazingly comfortable.
On top of it all, you can get organic bamboo bedding that has never been exposed to harsh (and toxic) chemicals.
The 100% organic bamboo sheets that we have are literally like sleeping on the finest, softest Egyptian cotton with 300 thread count….
Trust me on this one. Bamboo bedding absolutely ROCKS.
Why I Love My Bamboo Bedding So Much…
- Great for night sweats – they are moisture wicking
- Super soft
- Hypoallergenic, antibacterial and odour resistant – the ideal sleep environment for all the family and perfect for those with eczema or sensitive skin
- Made from organically grown bamboo. Certified to OEKO-TEX Standard 100 – free from harmful chemicals
- Breathable, absorbent and moisture wicking – more so than cotton – helping to regulate body temperature and aiding coolness in summer and warmth in winter
My mother informed me about bamboo bedding last year. My mother rarely raves about anything, and she was sure raving about her sheets! And now I know way! #BambooBeddingRocks
4. Aromatherapy with Essential Oils & a Vaporizer
For many of us with fibromyalgia and CFS/ME we can be sensitive to smell – in both ways, good and bad smells. We can smell things when nobody else can it seems!
For me, having soothing scents in our bedroom really helps (read ‘helped’) me to sleep (see below).
Setting ‘the mood’ for getting a good sleep is imperative.
That’s why I LOVE my COOSA Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser, (and so does everybody else, when they see it! A great present it has made for quite a few friends!).
Not only does it scent your room and make pretty colours…
Humidifier: On top of the lovely scents and beautiful colours that the COOSA has (you can select a particular favourite colour, or it just gently goes through the range every few seconds), it is also an ultrasonic humidifier, which is great for the winter when you get dry, stuffy air. It m oisturises and refreshes the air we breathe to prevent dry chapped skin, chapped lips and dry sinuses.
Peace of Mind: When water runs low it shuts off, making it energy efficient, and adds peace of mind- especially for use at night.Safe design with automatic shut off if water is out,ultrasonic whisper-quiet relieves depress and won’t interfere with your sleep.
Super Cool: Possibly one of my fave parts of this amazing gadget (on top of being BPA free and GORGEOUS to look at), is the mist that emanates from it. I like to think that I am in a cool witchy, new age shop! 🙂
IMPORTANT SAFETY WARNING: Essential oils, even used in diffusers can be toxic to cats!!! The mist from t
he oil can go on your fur baby, they lick it and their livers can’t process it – making them sick, or worse…this can be fatal. (So now, my diffuser s
imply mists my room, with beautiful colours, minus any essential oils… 🙁 which sucks. But there was a noticeable improvement in one of our cats that had been lagging recently…!).
Essential Oil for Sleep
Of course, you need to have some lovely essential oils to use in in your diffuser! My favourite is (read WAS, before the kitty cat toxicity scare) a blended oil, such as the Good Sleep blend, instead of just lavender (although that is the #1 sleep oil.)
5. Organic Buckwheat Pillow
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, a good feather pillow.
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.
Contour for Comfort: 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.
- So versatile like having several different pillows in one! – Adjust to any position! High, Low, Soft or Firm.
- The ONLY pillow to fully support the head, neck & shoulders! – 100% Organic, 100% Bio-degradable, 100% Natural
- Zipped for removal of contents for adjustment and cleaning – Keeps you cool in the summer, and warm in the winter! No Mites, No Toxins – Just Natural Buckwheat and Organic Cotton Drill!
- Wonderful British Made Eco-product. Grown without Pesticides & Herbicides, simply because the sturdy plant has no attraction to Insects & Mites.
- Can help reduce neck and shoulder pain
Great Info on Different Sleep Positions for Various Pain Issues
So there you have it! My top 5 best products to help you sleep and get comfortable for fibromyalgia, CFS/ME and chronic pain!