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SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT THE RIGHT PORTABLE MATTRESS TO SLEEP ON…

With schools just broken up and Covid-19 numbers still rising I am sure there will be double the amount of people deciding to camp and self cater. But, without the right portable mattress it could end up ruining your holiday and leaving you in a lot of pain.

I’m sure many of you back pain sufferers are similar to me when staying away from home. The mattress that you sleep on can either make or break your holiday. For me personally, to hard and then I am as stiff as a board, to soft and my back wakes me up with every move I make.

I have written a few posts on mattress toppers as they are so important to back pain and fibromyalgia sufferers but I must admit I have not tried any camping mattress toppers. 

I came across the Duvalay, which specialise in mattress toppers for travel and caravans. The Duvalay travel mattress toppers is used by our customers as a portable mattress topper, caravan topper, camping topper, and in a huge variety of leisure vehicles such as boats, motorhomes and campervans.

  • Comes with a zipped, washable protective cover
  • Highest density memory foam for maximum comfort
  • 2.5cm depth foam rolls up and stores easily
  • Secures with straps for easy use and storage

Innovatively designed to promote a restful night’s sleep, this compact topper just rolls out smoothing away all surface lumps and bumps.

For ease of use they recommend using there zipped sheets which only need to be removed for washing. They also have storage bags for all of there toppers

They are all supplied with a luxurious inner stretch fabric cover and elasticated straps that keep the mattress nearly rolled for storage. A must for any back pain sufferer. They start from £79.95

The Duvalay sleep system combines optimum sleeping comfort with incredible ease of use. This clever product consists of a bottom pocket with memory foam (available in 3 different thicknesses) and the top pocket houses a conventional duvet (available in 2 different thicknesses). Simply unroll your Duvalay sleeping bag to use; making your bed takes just a few seconds.

Duvalay memory foam sleeping bags are specially designed for use in your motorhome, motorcaravan, truck, boat etc. Most caravan and campervan beds are at best a compromise, often being designed primarily as daytime seats with sleeping as an afterthought, and a collection of cushions pushed together is never going to make a truly comfortable mattress. The Duvalay memory foam evens out these joins, taking your camping comfort to a whole new level.

Another benefit of the Duvalay sleeping bag is that because the memory foam and duvet are attached all down one edge, you can’t suffer either from the duvet falling off during the night, or from it moving and causing a cold spot against the wall. But unlike a conventional sleeping bag, because the Duvalay is only attached on one edge, you can kick your legs out during the night if you wish.

The concept of Duvalay’s simply ingenious, comforting mattress toppers arose from necessity…

Along with the many millions of people worldwide who embrace caravans as their ‘homes from home’, Liz and Alan Colleran were troubled by the insomnia and back pain associated with caravanning, where the perfect leisure environment is so often compromised by a frustratingly uncomfortable bed. This was the start of their journey which took them onto Dragons Den. 

The Duvalay story rocketed to fame in 2011 when Liz and Alan – along with their much-loved, heroic flagship product, the Duvalay memory foam sleeping bag – embarked upon a nerve-wracking journey to the Dragons’ Den. Their appearance on the hit BBC show led to national brand awareness, as well as a business-boosting investment by ‘Dragon’ and Pall-Ex empire founder Hilary Devey CBE. Fresh from the Dragons’ Den, Duvalay outgrew its original factory and eventually moved on to a new site in Gomersal – complete with its welcoming and homely drop-in showroom, exciting enhanced production line and office space for its growing workforce.

 

 

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10 AMAZING HEALTH BENEFITS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT VITAMIN D…

Vitamin D is all over the news at the moment, with medical studies taking place worldwide to determine the extent of its effect on Covid-19 patients. Whether it can ease symptoms of the virus or not, following a survey that highlighted how one in five Brits are deficient in vitamin D, Simon Bandy of natural health specialists Veganicity, gives us his top 10 reasons why we really should be stocking up the ‘sunshine vitamin’ this winter:

  1. It can reduce depression: there’s no doubt that 2020 has been a tough year for all, andmedical staff are now expecting mental health issues to increase significantly, knowing that we will continue to see the effects of COVID-19 for a long time into the future. Vitamin D can play a vital role in regulating our mood and warding off depression so, as the darker, longer days creep in over winter, it’s the perfect time to dose up.
  2. It can boost weight loss: it’s thought that the extra calcium the body gets from taking vitamin D supplements can have appetite-supressing effects—handy given that two in three Brits admitted they piled on the pounds during the first stages of lockdown.
  3. It can benefit those bones: vitamin D ensures the body can absorb calcium, potassium and magnesium, all which help to keep bones and teeth strong and help prevent osteoporosis—a disease that affects over 3 million people in the UK.
  4. It can help support lung function and reduce respiratory illnesses: while there are still various medical trials being undertaken around the world, especially given the current pandemic and its effects on the respiratory symptom, many researchers have already shown that having low levels of vitamin D in the body correlates with illnesses such as bronchitis and asthma, and symptoms including wheezing and chest tightness.
  5. It can help regulate the body’s insulin levels: according to Diabetes.co.uk, Vitamin D is believed to help improve the body’s sensitivity to insulin—the hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar levels— and thus reduce the risk of insulin resistance, which is often a precursor to type 2 diabetes, something that affects one in ten people over 40 in the UK.
  6. It can help promote a healthy pregnancy: vitamin D is especially important in pregnancy as it helps your baby’s bones, teeth, kidneys, heart and nervous system to develop.Furthermore, some studies suggest that pregnant women who have a vitamin D deficiency may have a higher risk of developing preeclampsia and giving birth preterm.
  7. It can help prevent falls: while Vitamin D is essential for bone development, many people don’t know that it can improve muscle strength and neural functionality too, thus reducing the risk of falls. This can be particularly beneficial for the older generation who are frailer and more susceptible to fractures.
  8. It could reduce the risk of getting cancer: while the UK medical profession is still sceptical about this claim, a study in Japan did show that higher levels of vitamin D in the blood arelinked to a lower risk of cancer, especially liver cancer.
  9. It can help us avoid catching the common cold or flu: another study suggested that taking vitamin D supplements could reduce the chances of catching seasonal flu as one of the vitamin’s most important roles is keeping your immune system strong so you’re able to fight off the viruses and bacteria that cause illness.
  10. It can give you a boost of energy: constantly feeling tired, especially during the winter months, is one of the leading symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency, however, it is often overlooked as a cause. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is thought to affect over 2 million people in the UK, yet vitamin D supplements are an easy and inexpensive way of reducing symptoms.

Simon said: “We get most of our vitamin D from sunlight on our skin and from certain foods. Given that most of us will spend a lot more time indoors now the weather is turning for autumn and winter, people really should be making sure they get enough of this vital vitamin. 

“From October to early March in the UK, we simply cannot get enough vitamin D from sunlight. While it is found in some foods such as oily fish, red meat, eggs and some fortified spreads and cereals, vegetarians and vegans are particularly at risk from vitamin D deficiency as these foods don’t form part of their diet. 

“The dosage everyone should take will depend on their age, skin colour, descent and living conditions, but the average for those over one year old is 10 micrograms a day. You should always check with your doctor if you are unsure or think you have a severe deficiency.”

The Veganicity Vitamin D Complex supplement provides the optimum daily intake in one easy-to-take small tablet. Available from www.veganicity.com, www.Amazon.co.uk and all good independent health shops nationwide priced at £8.45 for 90 tablets (approx. 3 month supply).