SOMNEX’S the ‘Sleep Show’ is the first dedicated sleep show in the UK and takes place from the 12th-14th October, at The Old Truman Brewery, London (10am til 6pm). It is the only event dedicated to the sleep-health industry… where innovation and tech meet sleep!

As most chronic pain, fibromyalgia and CFS sufferers know, sleep deprivation is something we deal with on a regular basis so a show dedicated to the sleep-health industry is something I thought all my readers would be interested in.

At this show, you can get exclusive access to expert advice, innovative new products, specialist exhibitors, multiple interactive workshops and immersive classes – all designed to help you understand how to improve your sleep and give you and your family a fun day out!

There are talks by 6 amazing authors throughout the weekend! Listen to them talk about their book leading sleep authors from around the world and get the chance to meet these experts in person as each talk is followed by a meet and greet book signing.

You can also book a private one-to-one consultation with their expert sleep practitioners. Whether you suffer from poor sleep, insomnia, sleep apnoea or looking for advice on how to improve your children’s sleep – they have an expert who can help you.

Check out the latest in sleep innovation and find the perfect product that works for you! Demos take place every 20 minutes throughout the 2 days. Get a front row seat to the latest in sleep innovation! SOMNEX’s Demo Stage will showcase the full spectrum of sleep products and technology from around the world. Get first-hand insights into how the most innovative brands have designed and developed their newest creations because we’ve curated the best sleep products including everything from eyewear, wearables, apps, sleep aids, skincare and more.

Try one of their massage therapists or talk to their brands and beauty experts to get the best advice. Scientists agree that getting better sleep positively impacts your overall health and wellbeing including your skin and beauty. That’s why they have created a spa and beauty bar so you can experience innovative products and treatments designed to help you improve your sleep. Their specialists will also provide helpful advice and tips to make sure you not only feel rested but also look great!

Their story so far –

As friends, we used to joke about the fact that one of us (Bansri) was a bad sleeper but in contrast the other (Anne) always slept like a dream. On a flight from Bavaria to London Anne read an inflight magazine outlining the multitude of new tech products available across the growing sleep sector.

Anne said to Bansri ‘we should do an event in this space’. Bansri, sceptical at first, started doing some research and a few months later (after a lot of coffees and glasses of wine!) … SOMNEX | The Sleep Show was born!

With a combined experience of over 40 years in the media and events industry, our passion and ambition has led us here.”

There’s lots to read on their website with some great links to the experts in case you cannot make this show.





According to health spa holidays, if you suffer from stress, bad posture, desk job, lack of exercises, slipped disc, sciatica, spinal stenosis and arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, back strains and injuries –no matter what the cause of your back pain is, it can now be treated
successfully with natural and drug-free health SPA treatments.

You don’t have to live on painkillers, give up your favourite activities or face complicated and risky back surgery!

Indulge yourself in a holistic back pain relief health SPA holiday and get rid of your back pain with a series of unique health & SPA treatments.

You could benefit from healing powers of natural resources such as therapeutic peat, volcanic ash, brine and sulphur.

They say its a perfect holiday to ease away any painful stiffness, tightness and tension in your back. Its comprehensive programme of health SPA treatments, rituals and physiotherapy sessions has been designed to bring deep back muscle relaxation and stimulation.

Boosted with de-stressing and detoxifying SPA treatments this escape will also address years
of accumulated stress and toxins. For more details on the type of packages available head to their website above.


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Everyone knows what it feels like to be ‘tired’, when you have that awful feeling after that very late night, or your suffering from jetlag. All you want to do is close your eyes and go asleep.
Well, try multiplying that feeling you had, triple it and that’s roughly how people feel who suffer from ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’, (CFS).

Sleep deprevation can cause an immense amount of problems. Even though your sleep maybe thick and doped, you still wake up unrefreshed and tired. Normal everyday household chores can become out of reach as all you want to do is go back to bed.

For someone accustomed to being healthy, feeling the loss of control, grieving over lost functions and opportunities can leave them feeling quite depressed.

There has always been a lot of stigma about CFS and ME, with some Doctors questioning it as an illness, but I quite assure you if you have suffered from any form of sleep deprivation then you will know it is ‘definitely’ a real illness, and not just something in your head.

There are also a number of medical conditions that are hard enough to deal with on their own let alone having CFS to cope with as well. Apart from ME, other known conditions that also include CFS are Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain Syndrome and Lupus.

Unfortunately there is no known ‘cure’ for CFS, it has to be managed and usually with some form of drugs and other treatments. There is however a lot of support out there now, which was not available some years ago. There are a number of organisations and support groups and forums which are a great network of people to talk to if you are suffering from CFS, in fact too many to list.
Over the last few months of my ‘acute’ problems with my ‘chronic’ pains I have been suffering with CFS severely and whereas before I would have an afternoon rest to help my pains, now I just want to sleep all day long. I’m clock watching from lunch time to see if it’s too soon to go to bed and sometimes miss the whole afternoon sleeping. Before I would wake up after my afternoon nap feeling refreshed and ready to go, now I just wake up and don’t want to get up at all. It is a truly debilitating condition to have to deal with.


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The National Pain Audit

The National Audit of Pain Services has been initiated to collect detailed data on pain services. The three year study aims to improve NHS services for people affected by chronic pain and will establish a national data collection system which will enable services to monitor performance, share data, feedback and consensus of interested parties. Areas of data collection will include, patient case mix, demographics, diagnosis, treatments, assessment of condition severity and patient outcomes.

To find your nearerst clinic just click onto ‘Find a Clinic’, and tap in your post code and how far you would travel, its as simple as that.

You can then find out general information and clinic facilities.

I hope this has been of some help to people who have not attended a pain clinic before. They are your lifeline to a pain free or pain controlled life.