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!
I for one was an insomniac for the past 25 years and was DESPERATE to sleep (to the point of looking forwards to an operation so I was knocked out for a bit. Lesson learned. When in hospital you don’t sleep due to constant taking of vitals etc. Oh well!). Ps. One of the main issues that was causing my insomnia ended up being…Tramadol and other opiate medications. Using my FibroMapp app to track my medications, I was able to determine that some meds were helping and others were not.
Here are my top 5 best sleep products to help you get a good sleep!
1. N:Rem Tweak Mattress
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.
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.
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!!!)
The mattress we have on our bed is designed specifically for people living with pain in order to assist in getting a better sleep, and it is very clever! It is called the N:Rem Tweak mattress.
With up to 2000 pocket springs and an added temperature regulating foam for your most refreshing sleep yet.
You simply unzip the mattress cover and there are 5 foam inserts in soft, medium and firm densities. Simply rearrange these inserts for soft comfort and firm support that’s tailored to fit both you – and your sleeping buddy.
Each side of the mattress can be set up differently, so whatever your sleeping needs, the Nrem fits you.
For £1 a day, no matter what size, ‘100 nights to fall in love’ with your mattress and interest free monthly instalments, this is truly a great way to get on the road to a more comfortable sleep. And if you mention FIBROMAPP when ordering, you get a further £30 off, too!
Ps. We knew this mattress 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 unsupportive 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.
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% bamboo sheets that we have are literally like sleeping on the finest, softest Egyptian cotton with crazy thread count….yet just £30 for a double fitted sheet!
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
- These specific bamboo fitted sheets are a generous 36cm depth to fit deep mattresses and those with toppers
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 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 moisturises 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 the 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 simply 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), Absolute Aromas Goodnight Sleep Essential Oil with Lavender, Geranium, Bergamot and Marjoram
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
A Final (and Urgent) 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 (called EMF – Electro-Magnetic Frequencies) abound, particularly when we do not shut these things off! And they are TOXIC!
As this is a blog about my top best sleep products, I would be remiss in not sharing about how EMF affects us.
Most of us are now connected to WiFi and have Bluetooth, to boot…this is on top of many of us using microwaves. I hate to tell you this, but this is actually a form of radiation.
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.
EMF Frequencies Disrupts Sleep…and so much more
EMF can cause ‘Electro-Magnetic Hyper-Sensitivity’ (EHS), which is not only connected to cancer (it IS radiation), it is also connected to a whole host of major health issues, many of which read like symptoms of…fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. (Surprise!).
The worst part of it is that for most of us, we simply cannot get away from it.
EMF’s Hide Everywhere…
EMF’s are found not just in masts outside, mobile phones and microwaves, but a whole host of unsuspecting places, such as your:
- Air conditioner
- Lawn mower
- Headphones (if you like to use head/earphones, don’t despair! You can get anti-radiation ones called ‘air tubes’ here)
Do these sound like some of the symptoms you are experiencing with fibromyalgia and/or CFS?!
- Prickling or tingling sensation across the face or other parts of the body
- Fitful and restless sleep/insomnia
- Warm or burning sensation in the face somewhat like feeling sunburnt
- Extreme dryness of mucus membranes such as the back of the throat and eyes
- Swelling of the mucus membranes such as nose, throat, ears and sinuses without any infectious cause
- Problems with concentration, loss of memory and dizziness
- Feeling of impending influenza (flu) that somehow never quite breaks out
- Headaches and nausea
- Teeth and jaw pains
- Aches and pains in muscles and joints
- Cardiac palpitations
What To Do About EMF/EHS
For us, I have invested in the eLink, which plugs into our house socket, and provides protection from all electronics that are plugged into the building’s wiring system. Once plugged in, it utilizes the building’s wiring system to help protect from outside radiation as well. Apparently just one or two of these plugs (for larger homes) is all that is needed.
I also purchased the eLink EMF neutralizer stickers– for our mobiles, tablets, computers and Kindles.
My personal experience with the eLink, (that I plugged in beside my bed)? My sleep started to improve immeasurably, as did my husband’s (he didn’t even know I bought it, so not the placebo effect there!).
An Easy Few Tips for Reducing/Treating EMF Exposure
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!
Unfortunately, all you can try to do is reduce your exposure and your risk as much as possible. (And then wait for 5G to come to a neighbourhood near you and completely disrupt your sleep, brainwaves and oh, so much more!). So on that happy note…
So there you have it! My top 5 best products to help you sleep and get comfortable for fibromyalgia, CFS/ME and chronic pain!