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 and I use an egg shell mattress topper and also the N:rem Sleep System but neither are suitable to take with me on my travels.

That was until I came across the Raskelf Duvalay, which specialise in mattress toppers for travel and caravans. The mattress roll up easily to store and the company won the MMM Product of the Year in 2009 for their revolutionary memory foam sleeping bag!!

The Raskelf Portable mattress toppers are available in a 1″ or 2″ thickness and come in Single, Double and Bespoke sizes. The 1″ overlays are made from 65kg/m visco elastic memory foam specially formulated to work when cut thinly. The 2″ overlays are made in three quality ranges, Bronze Economy, Silver Comfort and Gold Luxury.

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.

The innovative and award winning Raskelf Duvalay sleeping bags have been around for a few years now, and were made famous on TVs Dragons Den when Hilary Devey was so impressed with the products that she invested in the company.

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.


Back Pain, FIBROMYALGIA, HEALTH, Uncategorized


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The N:rem Sleep System Tablets.  is the world’s first comfort changing mattress. They have been designed specifically for pain sufferers. They have a quilted coolmax top cover, a viscoool memory foam layer, movable foam tablet,  and breathable support.  Each foam support for individual customisable support  which is designed to reduce heat made from soya oils, and both quilted cover and foam tablets can be easily removed for washing, keeping your bed and mattress fresh. They have a 5 year manufacturer’s limited warranty and a 90 night money back guarantee.

They say that 90% of their customers (now that is a really high percentage) felt a positive improvement after waking the next day.

The best part of these tablets is that you can change them around to suit your condition. There are 5 foam tablets in your pack for one side of a double bed. These are different density and you just place them under your bottom sheet.

The foams come in super soft, firm, soft and medium. For back pain sufferers like myself they suggested that from the head I should arrange then with super soft as my first one, followed by firm, another super soft, soft and the medium one at the bottom of the bed.

For shoulder and hip pain they suggest that you place the super soft under the painful area. With my problem being my neck and my lumber spine the way they told me to place them for back pain would also suit my neck pain.

For years I have had an egg shell topper to help with my pain and miss it when I’m away from home. I must admit I was a bit skeptical about these foam tablets, but when I tried them out it was like sleeping on air, if you can imagine that. I’ve probably had the best sleeps I’ve had for years.

I am sure other people in chronic pain will agree that sleep is the best healing process you can get. I need two hours sleep every afternoon and if I don’t get this I can feel really bad. I always go to ‘bed’ for my rest and close the curtains to help me drift into unconsciousness, but while sleeping on these foam tablets I went into a deep sleep sometimes for 3 – 4 hours. When I woke up I felt completely recharged and energized for the rest of the day and amazingly could still sleep well at night.

On the downside when I then went away on holiday the mattress I was on felt like I was sleeping on a plank.

The foam tablets are quite thick and so it made the normal mattress seem even harder and also if you have it only on one side of the bed then you are considerably higher than your partner.

I just wish someone could invent some form of portable topper especially made for back pain sufferers as I think that would be a great seller. But for anyone in constant pain these are well worth a try.