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It’s quite difficult to describe how you feel about a throw. I mean a throw is a throw and what more can you say about them except that not all throws are the same. With the recent weather and most of us now shading safely at home a lovely throw blanket to wrap yourself in is just what we need.

I have written previously how I have found even a lightweight duvet painful on my hips and have only bought a lightweight blanket to give us more warmth this winter.

That was until I got this amazing “Elegear” Premium Sherpa Fleece Throw/Blanket in soft reversible faux fur throw/blanket.

It arrived beautifully boxed up and ready to use. I was keen to give it a try and I was far from disappointed. I popped it onto my bed straight away and couldn’t wait to go for an afternoon rest. The fur is so soft on the top I found myself stroking it like stroking a dog which was extremely relaxing. This is definitely the softest and most deluxe blanket I have ever bought.

It measures 130 x 150cm ( 50″x60″) with a plush soft artificial fur surface, has a deep fluffy texture, and has a flat and smooth reverse feeling. This throw blanket comes with super soft artificial fox fur on one side and sherpa lining on the other side, combining flexibility and comfort into one blanket. The Elegear blanket is soft to touch, easy to care for, and lightweight at the same time, which is perfect for me and so easy to use downstairs lying on the settee as well as a throw on my bed. You can buy it from Amazon at £28.99

The solid-hued throw adds instant warmth and color to your space whether you toss it on a bench, drape it across the top of your favorite chair or fold it in half and keep it at the foot of your bed. you’ll love to cuddle up under during afternoon naps and movie nights. It’s machine washable and comes with a one year guarantee.


  • High-quality artificial fur, soft and comfortable
  • Beautiful, A/B surface design, two-color matching
  • Hygroscopic heating
  • Highly effective antibacterial
  • Thick and warm
  • Available in all seasons
  • Elegear sherpa fleece throw blanket uses a luxurious and soft artificial fur surface. quickly heat up 2 to 5 ℃ and the TOG value can reach 10.
  • High quality craftsmanship gives you high quality quality of life, and there will be no hair loss during use and washing.
  • Enhancing the recent Japanese antibacterial treatment process, Elegear fleece blanket can prevent bacteria growth, take care of your health and that of your family, especially suitable for children and people with sensitive skin!
  • With a floral pattern, Elegear fleece blanket is suitable for interior decoration of sofas, living rooms, beds, chairs, window seats, cars, etc.

My first use of the blanket sent me into a deep sleep in the afternoon and something I was craving for after a couple of rough nights. That night both myself and my husband slept well and felt warm on a cold winters night. I’m counting down to my next sleep with this brilliant blanket.

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What is the difference between a TENS machine and ems units? To start off with I will explain what each do. Heathline explains that a TENS machine is a machine that produces electric current to stimulate the nerves for pain in a non-invasive way. It requires using a small handheld or tabletop device, known as a TENS unit, which is connected via thin wires to adhesive pads.

Dual Channel TPN 200 Plus Tens Machine

However, the Difference Between says it is also important that for maximum benefits of TENS units and for lasting pain minimization, frequent and regular microcurrent sessions are required. But at the same time, some individuals are seen to experience maximum pain reduction and lasts longer and also, the time between the frequency of sessions increases. This is because of the increase in the blood circulation action that helps the lymph system to wash off the toxins from the body. The sensations generated by the microcurrents and the conventional TENS treatments are like tingling feeling than the uncomfortable and distressing feeling of a small electric current.

Healthline explain what EMS is Electronic muscle stimulation (EMS) is a physical therapy and fitness technique. Like TENS, it involves a machine that transmits electrical impulses through electrodes that are applied directly to your skin.

Unlike TENS, though, the electrodes from an EMS machine are applied to key muscle groups. A common muscle group EMS is used on is the quadriceps after knee surgery. The electrical signals trigger repeated contractions (tightening) of the muscles. The contractions can be short and frequent or long and sustained. By stimulatory actions in the muscles, an EMS unit results in muscle contractions that are same as experiences by physical exercises.

Well-Life Tens/EMS Machine

As far as treatment with these types of machinery it really is up to the individual. For the treatment of pain, then probably the TENS machine might be helpful. This is something I have tried in the past with good and bad results so if you can buy one with a money back guarantee then this has to be a good option.

If you are recovering from surgery then maybe the EMS unit would be good but only under the direction of a therapist or GP. This machine can also help to improve your muscle contractions which could be weakened after surgery.

Either way before buying either unit get advice from your GP who may have a specific one they prefer or chat with a health provider or physical therapist. Don’t just go out and buy one because its on offer. I was leant one by my health care provider before I bought one.

Source: Healthline and Difference Between

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Sleep deprivation is hitting so many more people at the moment. Stress with COVID-19 is the biggest problem then not being as active as usual or unable to exercise all contribute to a disturbed sleep. So, this week on Sleep Sunday I am writing on a few different ways to help you to get to sleep and stay asleep until daybreak.

Something new to try if you have not done so before are these snooze gummies from Starpowa, available from Holland & Barrett @ £19.99 for 30. Or, direct from Starpowa who has them in offer for half price at the moment.

  • Tasty black cherry flavoured gummies formulated for a restful snooze. 
  • Contains 5-HTP, L Theanine, Chamomile, Lavender, griffonia seed, Lemon balm leaf and more. 
  • Herbal ingredients, and vegan friendly.

Starpowa Snooze gummies are formulated for a restful sleep. Each gummy contains 5-HTP, L-Theanine, Chamomile, Lavender, Griffonia Seed, Montmorency cherry, Vitamin B6, Asparagus Racemosus, Lemon Balm Leaf and more,

Lavender contributes to optimal relaxation. Simply take one tasty black cherry gummy per day. I take mine about an hour before I go to bed.

Another great buy is the Nanu Sleep range. If you or your partner have different optimum sleep temperatures then this duvet is for you. Nanu’s Hot & Not duvet can provide ultimate comfort for the both of you. The duvet is split into two seamless halves so you can choose how cool or warm you want to be. Warmth levels vary from 4.5 tog, for those who prefer a cool nights sleep ( that’s me) to a toasty 15 tog (phew) if you prefer the snug as a bug experience. They can also design you a perfect pillow to go with it taking everything in consideration from how you like to sleep to the perfect weight of your pillow. Duvet’s from Nanu start from £50.

Ashwagandha way to sleep. Ashwagandha has been used for centuries in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. It is known as an adaptogen, thanks to its ability to adapt to the body’s needs, reducing anxiety and stress, and encouraging a good nights sleep. It controls the production of the stress hormones and allows our body to retain natural sleeping rhythms. Try Pukka Wholistic Ashwagandha £20.99 for 60 capsules from Amazon.