World Sleep Day is an annual event, intended to be a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving. It is organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of World Sleep Society (founded by WASM and WSF) and aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders. World Sleep Day is held the Friday before Spring Vernal Equinox of each year.

The holiday aims to emphasize the importance of sleep and raise awareness about sleep disorders through fun events around the globe.

According to WikiHow the best way to enjoy World Sleep Day is to –

  1. Choose if you want to sleep alone, with someone else, or with something else.Get your pet to cuddle with you while you take a nap; if the pet escapes, you can always substitute them for a stuffed animal.
  2. Determine how long you wish to “celebrate”. Is this going to be a power nap because you have work for the day, a cat nap for a few hours, or quality time with your pillow for the entire day? Don’t tell yourself that you need to wake up and do something productive instead of sleeping. If you can’t sleep, just stay in bed all day!
  3. Dress appropriately. The more comfortable you are, the better sleep you’ll have. Be sure to count each layer of blanket material as one layer in general
  4. Sprawl out on a bed, sofa, hammock, or any comfortable setting. This is a day to be lazy, so however you position yourself is up to you. You can have your feet propped up on the sofa’s arm rest instead of squishing yourself on the cushions, have a foot planted on the ground if you are in a hammock so you can rock back and forth while going to sleep.
  5. See if the sleep that you got for the day made a difference. Ask yourself if you feel more refreshed than before today. Sleep is healthy for people, as it lowers stress and refreshes the body for the next day.

It could also be a time to change your mattress so why not take advantage of the discount on N:Rem mattress’s by simply adding this code ‘BACKPAINBLOG’ at check out to get £30 off your order.




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My love of essential oils goes back about 20+ years. The hospital where I had my first spinal surgeries had a lady that came into the hospital on a weekly basis and gave patients aromatherapy massage if they wished to have it.

She was a quiet small lady whose aura gave a feeling of calm before she even gave you the aromatherapy massage. She would mix the oils at the time you arrived by first finding out what sort of pain you were in. If I go somewhere that sells or uses these oils it takes me straight back to my regular session with my aromatherapist.

Unfortunately, like all of us, she eventually retired and although I still have the odd aromatherapy massage I have yet to have a treatment that reacted in quite the same way.

Sometimes I will use an aromatherapy diffuser scent ring, to fill the room with my favourite oils. Lavender (which also reminds me of my Grandma as she always wore it) mixed with rosemary oil is top of my list.

When I first went to my NHS Pain Clinic some years ago they offered amongst other alternative therapies massage treatment. I was keen to get booked into this in the hope it would be as good as my aromatherapist treatment. The massage was good but without the oils it just didn’t have the same effect on me. I would previously come home feeling completely relaxed and would sleep so well on the day of my treatment.

I buy my oils from Nature’s Best as they have such good quality oils and still use their breathe easy blend if anyone in the house is suffering from cold or flu-like symptoms. Their breathe easy blend is made up of eucalyptus, camphor and peppermint which is a natural aid to breathe clearly. Amazon also has a number of companies selling oils on their site.

Did you know that you can even use oils for general household freshening? You can add a few drops of oil to your waste bin, to help mask nasty odours. You can add a few drops onto the inside of your toilet roll core then every time it is turned the aroma is released. You can also add a few drops to a cotton wool ball and place in your vacuum bag, and of course lavender acts as a natural repellent against insects. Our wardrobe is always full of little lace bags filled with fresh lavender to keep the moths away.

Just reading what Lavender Oils contains is enough to promote me to buy some –

  • Steam distilled from Lavandula angustifola flowers
  • Relaxing and calming properties
  • Ideal for skin care and restful sleep preparations
  • Topical treatment for insect bites

Lavender essential oil has a slightly deep note and an herbaceous tone, yet rich, mellow and fruity.

We harvest 30 to 50 kg per hectare of these prized flowers at the optimum time in their life-cycle, and in the most suitable climate to maximise potency. It takes 150 pounds of flowers to produce just one pound of oil. Once collected the flowers are steam distilled to extract the Lavandula angustifola oil.

Since ancient times, Lavender (Lavandula angustifola) has been one of the most popular and widely used scents, with its name derived from the Latin lavare, to wash. The essential oils from this plant are known to have a soothing and calming effect, and is often used to relieve many ailments. Applied topically to insect bites can relieve irritation.

Did you know?
You can eat the lavender flower buds! They can be added to biscuits, cakes and sprinkled into salads.






Jackie (my daughter) has decided to run the Brighton Marathon in five weeks time. She ran the half marathon in Brighton a couple of weeks ago and felt if she worked hard she could manage a full marathon. She is raising funds for an excellent charity and one which I think is close to all our hears, ‘Cancer Research’ 


With her leaving it this late to enlist in the marathon she needs a bit of help to raise the amount she has promised ‘Cancer Research‘ so I am on a mission to try and get as many people that I know to help her raise her goal amount for this excellent charity and also to show how proud I am of her achievements.

If you would like to help her this is her story and her ‘Just Giving’ page, thank you.



I have never written a review on a hotel on this blog before as I usually write them on trip advisor but I felt I had to write one about The Christchurch Harbour Hotel and Spa in Christchurch, Dorset. It’s set against the backdrop of spectacular Harbour views.

We were lucky enough to enjoy a break at this Hotel last weekend for my nephew’s wedding. The forecast for our long drive down was awful last Friday on one of the coldest days for years. The snow down south was bad so we planned our route and were well equipped for any emergency with enough clothing, food, and drink in case we got stuck in the snow.

The 4.5 hours it took us to get there was better than we thought it would be but it was still an anxious drive through freezing rain, wind and snow so by the time we arrived at the hotel the one thing I was desperate for was a rest.

The rooms as you can see from the photos were lovely and the beds soooo inviting. We did have a bit of a giggle about the height of the bed as I am so tiny (in height) I thought I would need a step to get onto it. It wasn’t long before I was in the land of nod in a bed that was as comfortable as my own and even the pillows were perfect. The two nights that we stayed were two of the best night’s sleep I have had in ages.

All the facilities at the hotel were beautiful with a lovely spa if you had the time to go and enjoy it. Looking out at some of the harbour frozen over a bit was something I have never seen before but all the guests made it to the wedding and most like myself could not praise how comfortable the hotel was. To some people, the simple thing of whether the bed is up to scratch would probably be of no interest to them but for others like myself that could suffer greatly if the bed isn’t right will understand why I have written this review.

The journey home wasn’t as long as going but my back has suffered badly over the last week and so has my sleep so I I wish the hotel was nearer so I could do with pop back for another couple of good nights sleep.