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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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MUSCLE RELAXANTS INEFFECTIVE AT REDUCING LOWER BACK PAIN…

A handful of articles online including from Web MD and US News say that a new Australian review finds there is absolutely no evidence that muscle relaxants ease lower back pain.

Spine Health explains that “Muscle relaxers are not a class of drugs—meaning they do not all have the same chemical structure or work the same way in the brain. Rather, the term muscle relaxer is used to describe a group of drugs that act as central nervous system depressants and have sedative and musculoskeletal relaxant properties.”

I was put on muscle relaxants a long time ago and was swapped from one type to another. The pain team really wanted me to try and take about five at night as they said it would help me sleep in less pain. The dry mouth and other side effects meant that I only take 2 at night but I have taken them for so long I am not sure if they work at all.

With all types of medications when you have been on them for a while your body starts to get used to them and you do not really know if they are working or not unless you come off the medication. I also take a CBD Gummy just before I go to sleep and have felt I do not wake up as often taking one of these. The trouble is they are so expensive.

My many spinal surgeries when I was younger have left me with chronic pain from the discs above and below my fusions so I have no option but to either try different types of medication and/or steroid injections. All of which I do use regularly. But, I do feel they all start to be less effective over time.

In July 2020 Web MD wrote that “muscle relaxants for back pain were soaring but were they safe? Experts worry that muscle relaxants may not help much and could cause troubling side effects, especially in older patients. The study found the rate of long-term prescriptions for muscle relaxants to treat back and other muscle pain tripled between 2005 and 2016.

Web MD continued with the fact that “also concerning, nearly 70% of those prescribed muscle relaxants were given a prescription for an opioid pain-relieving medication like oxycodone (OxyContin) at the same time. Taking these medications together increases the potential risk of ill effects, the researchers said.

This is certainly quite frightening.

The review found that most patients wouldn’t be able to feel any difference in their pain compared to taking a placebo, or sugar pill. Side effects like I pointed out with a dry mouth can also include dizziness, drowsiness, headache and/or nausea, in addition to the risk that patients will develop a lingering addiction. They advise you not to take alcohol with them so if I fancy a drink then I cannot take my relaxants.

They now suggest that we should embrace techniques that focus on alternatives to medicine or surgery. The trouble with this is that you are on a waiting list for any type of treatment like this so what should you use while waiting. It’s a catch-22.

Source: Web MD, Spine Health, US News