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CHECK OUT MY POST THIS MONTH ON THE BAD BACK COMPANY “LOCKDOWN THE NEXT STAGES”…

The BAD BACK Company helps give you the solutions you need. Their large range of products are geared towards helping you live a full and pain free life.

They have sourced, studied and sampled all there is to offer to beat pain and now you can be like countless others who have shopped with them in fighting back against pain.

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If you are looking for a back support, knee brace, posture corrector, shoulder support, ankle brace, hot and cold therapy, magnetic aids and much more we have products to help relieve sciatica, back pain, disc pain, neck pain, knee and ankle injuries and just about anything else your body needs help with, The BAD BACK Company are bound to have it. They also stock vitamins and supplements specifically for mechanical musculo-skeletal conditions.

My post on The Bad Back Companies Blog this month is called A Day in the Life of a Back Pain Sufferer: Lock Down. The next stages where I write about a book I wrote for my granddaughter all about a robin in her garden. Check it out on The BAD BACK COMPANY website here.

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IT’S SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT FIBROMYALGIA AND SLEEP PROBLEMS…

One of the most debilitating symptoms of Fibromyalgia is sleep disturbance/problems. Sleep problems are a common symptom of fibromyalgia. For some people with the disorder, sleep disturbances exacerbate their symptoms and lead them into a vicious cycle of pain and poor sleep. More than 90% of Fibromyalgia sufferers have difficulty experiencing the deep sleep a person needs to wake up feeling refreshed.

Some research even suggests that people with fibromyalgia are constantly aroused by bursts of “awake” brain activity, which limits the amount of time they spend in these critical deep stages of sleep. One study found that fibromyalgia patients experience at least twice as many arousals per hour as people without the disorder.

The lack of uninterrupted deep sleep may be the reason why people with fibromyalgia are also plagued by extreme daytime fatigue. In today’s world, many people complain of feeling tired, but the exhaustion associated with fibromyalgia is much more severe. Fibromyalgia patients report feeling as if their bodies have been completely drained of energy, which can lead to limited physical and mental functioning. This then causes the common complaint of many Fibro sufferers of “Fibro Fog.”

Pain and sleep problems frequently co-exist in a difficult cycle that can be tough to break. That’s true for everyone who experiences physical pain and discomfort. It’s particularly true for people with Fibromyalgia, as well as others with conditions that involve chronic pain.

According to the Sleep FoundationSleep and fibromyalgia share a bidirectional relationship. Just as painful symptoms can prevent patients from getting enough rest, sleep deprivation can exacerbate the widespread feelings of pain and tenderness brought on by fibromyalgia. Sleep loss can also lower a person’s pain threshold. As a result, lack of sleep or poor sleep quality may cause fibromyalgia symptoms to occur in otherwise healthy people.”

Pub Med point out that “sleep deprivation in healthy individuals can cause symptoms of fibromyalgia, including myalgia, tenderness and fatigue, suggesting that sleep dysfunction might be not only a consequence of pain, but also pathogenic.

However, “practicing good sleep hygiene and adopting healthy sleep habits can alleviate fibromyalgia-related sleep issues.” Lockdown has shifted our routines, and routine is essential to sleep regulation and to the functioning of our internal body clocks. Some tips to ensure a good nights rest include –

  1. Get up and go to bed at the same time.
  2. Take daily exercise.
  3. Shun screens before bed.
  4. Avoid coffee after 2pm.
  5. Don’t drink too much alcohol.
  6. If you suffer from night sweats invest in a cooling blanket, or swap bedding for light sheets and a low tog duvet.
  7. Make sure you are sleeping on a good pillow.
  8. Make sure the temperature is near 65°F (18.3°C), give or take a few degrees, is ideal. 
  9. Rest in bed if you wake.
  10. Practise mindfulness meditation.
  11. If you room is light invest in some black out curtains.
  12. Consider Vitamin D supplements as researchers have established a link between vitamin D deficiency and sleep problems.
  13. Download a sleep app.
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WORLD RED CROSS & RED CRESCENT DAY DAY MAY 8th…

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is a yearly commemoration of the main principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is a global humanitarian network of millions of members, staff and volunteers. Their aim is to be on the frontline where there is disaster, conflict, health or social problems and to help those in need. The organisation consists of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies as well as 191 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide.

It is not easy for the volunteers who do this job daily – so this day is meant to commemorate the work that they do and highlight the many areas they work in, providing assistance with disaster relief, preparation for disaster and education for the public. This date is significant as it marks the birth of Henry Dunant who was born in 1828. Henry Dunant was the founder of the committee of the Red Cross and received the first Nobel Peace Prize. 

Whether schools are open or closed, World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is the perfect opportunity for parents and teachers to talk to their children about the importance of the Red Cross and Red Crescent all over the world.