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25 REASONS TO CHECK OUT BACK PAIN BLOG NEWS FOR FEBRUARY…

The sun is shining and the sky is blue, it’s a beautiful spring day today and we managed a nice walk in the pleasant warm sunshine. When we got back I sat outside with a cup of tea and tried to think of some interesting post I could write about on my blog. With my blog being mainly about pain and how to tackle it, it makes it quite hard to write something uplifting.

“Getting your readers interested in the first paragraph”, they say, is the key to the reader wanting to read more. So, I took a quick look through all my posts this month and initially I was quite surprised at how many I had written, 25 in total. My posts covered a selection of different subjects from pain relief through acupoints to Walking and the British obsession with the weather.

I looked at my stats to see if readers favored any particular post more than another but surprisingly my stats are pretty much the same on a daily basis. I looked at other sites that are similar to mine and I noticed that some wrote newsletters. I used to write newsletters quite a few years ago now but these were handmade news letters with a pretty bow on as they were for a ladies over 50’s group that I used to run. Of course, that took time and a lot of it and I know my back would not appreciate that sort of work any more. But it gave me an idea on writing a post at the end of every month on the posts that I had written that month (are you still with me?). So, without further adieu I will write on 24 reasons you should check out Back Pain Blog UK.

A few of my posts on Back Pain Blog were focused around acupoints and the benefits of different types of treatments you can have to help for your pain.

1. Teach Yourself Hand Reflexology is the perfect post on this type of treatment. followed by an article on

2. Auricular Therapy which is another type of treatment using acupoints only in your ears this time.

3. Acupuncture Another Natural Approach to Pain explains all about Acupuncture and the benefits you can get from this type of therapy.

4. Trigger Point Therapy is for acute and chronic pain and acupuncture and something you could perform on yourself in your own home, so it’s well worth reading this article.

5. Myofascial Release Therapy and Myofascial Pain

6. I also wrote about A Day in the Life of Ravi-Jaipaul founder of Yoke Wellness and a truly inspirational guy who overcame some awful injuries after a cycling accident and then set up Yoke Wellness.

7. I was gifted his mats and wrote a review on them as they are amazing acupressure mats and could not be happier with the outcome.

8. My awareness days this month were raising the awareness of Raynauds Disease, and

9. Tittinus Awareness week, check out my article here.

10. Other news in February included my personal trip and outcome from my first Covid-19 jab.

11. Plus an article I wrote on Covid-19 and Fibromyalgia, and

12. Pain Medication and Covid-19.

Some other interesting health related news are –

13. How to tell the Difference between x rays and scans.

14. Eight ways to create movement and energy into you day and

16. Bake Yourself Calm – I love baking and find it does calm me down and feel fulfilled when the cake is cooked and ready to hand out, and my family love it when they get a text from me saying I would be dropping off my bakes.

My regular Sleep Sunday slot in February covered –

17. Natural Sleep Aids and

18. How much Children and Teenagers Sleep

19. Simple Walking can vastly Improve Your Health and Wellbeing, but I think we all know this anyway, it’s just motivating ourselves to make it a regular occurrence.

This month I wrote a few articles covering pain with –

20. What is good and bad pain and how should we deal with it,

21. Depression and Back Pain, and

22. Low Back Pain – Is it a Slipped Disc.

A few fun articles included promoting-

23. International Send a Card to a Friend Day, m

23.My post on the website The Bad Back Company of my Day in the Life of a Back Pain Sufferer series and 24. Why It’s not to late to make your New Year Resolutions.

25. Finally, my article on Walking and the British Obsession with the Weather which was reposted onto another blog so someone must have liked it.

I hope you have enjoyed my lowdown on subjects covered this month. I am always happy to receive any suggestions so please let me know if you have any.

Happiness is … looking forward to something.

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SLEEP SUNDAY : LET’S TALK ABOUT SLEEP AND HOW MUCH CHILDREN AND TEENAGES SLEEP..

SleepAre have sent me some fascinating statistics to share with my readers about sleep.

A few minutes of social media just before we go to bed is something most people do.Five minutes won’t make much of a difference, right?

Well according to science, they do. Screen time at any point of the day affects your sleep, but it’s more disruptive if it’s closer to bedtime. Everyday life choices, no matter how insignificant they may seem, can have a big impact on your sleep quality.

Sleep is vital for our health, much like proper food and exercise, but most of us take it for granted. We fail to realize how our sleep health affects our mental and physical well-being.

Did you know that insufficient sleep can even jeopardize your life? Your lack of sleep can become a risk for others too — sleeplessness contributes to a high number of accidents each year in not just the United States but all over the world.

Just look at these shocking facts and I bet you’d think twice before skimping on the recommended amount of sleep next time.

Some interesting facts on infant sleeping and teenage sleeping patterns.

Did you know that most infants sleep 8-10 hours during the day and 8 hours at night.Stanford Children’s Health

Two-thirds of children start sleeping through the night on a regular basis by the age of 6 months.Stanford Children’s Health

Toddlers sleep for 11.7 hours on average instead of the recommended 12-14 hours for children aged 1-3 years.Sleep For Kids

Teens tend to keep irregular sleep patterns, especially on weekends — sleeping late and waking up late, which can disturb their circadian rhythm.Sleep Foundation

Only 15% of teens get the recommended 8.5 hours of sleep on school days.Sleep Foundation

Teens require 8-10 hours of sleep per night.Sleep Foundation

88.5% of high-school students report sleeping less than 9 hours and 78% of them report feeling tired during the day.Frontiers

20% of teens sleep less than 5 hours while 6.5 hours is the average.Scientific American Mind

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ITS SLEEP SUNDAY – LETS TALK ABOUT SLEEP & HERBAL/NATURAL SLEEP AIDS…

We all know how awful we can feel if we do not get a good nights sleep and if you are suffering from pain lack of sleep only makes matters worse.

We all know that prescribed sleeping pills are addictive and not given out lightly.

We all know, here in the UK, that not all CBD products are available like in the US.

We all know that routine is essential and no screens or food after a certain hour will certainly help you to nod off quicker.

We also all know that most days you can read an article on another product that will help you sleep.

I have probably covered most things on Sleep Sunday so it’s quite difficult to find something genuine to write about that might help your sleepless night become a good one so I decided to write today on herbal/natural sleep aids and also gummies which I truly found helped me get through some tough nights.

According to an article in CGTN News – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people in the past year have spent more time at home, but this has led to sleep being delayed by up to three hours on average per night. And, from pillow bedding products to eye masks and earplugs, from medication to electronic sleep assistance, the boundaries of sleep products are rapidly expanding and are increasingly high-end.

In addition to melatonin, sleep aids such as steam goggles, sleep-enhancing latex pillows, earplugs, and sleep aid sprays have also become popular in the market. But a lot of these are quite expensive and may not even work for you.

The three most popular sleep aids are Chamomile which you can get in tea form, or capsule/tablet form and a recent study has shown that postnatal women had improved quality of sleep after drinking chamomile tea. Medical New Today wrote that in one review of the current evidence, 10 of 12 cardiovascular patients are quoted as having fallen asleep shortly after consuming chamomile tea. A handful of other studies looking at clinical models also suggest that chamomile tea may help people relax.

Second on the list of most popular is Lavender which has been around for years and years but of course is not something you can digest but again is available in tea form or you can use drops on your pillow, lavender eye masks, sprays for your pillow and even diffusers with one made by The White Company which is a Sleep Diffuser which contains lavender and chamomile. Lavender oil is a great natural relaxant and it helps you to feel calm and by slowing down your nervous system, which is the perfect recipe for sleep.

Third on the list is Melatonin which you can get as a supplement and even in fudge format to help you sleep. According to the NHS website they advise Melatonin as a sleep aid for adults aged 55 or older.

  • Melatonin is mainly used to treat sleep problems in adults aged 55 or older.
  • You’ll usually take it for 1 to 4 weeks.
  • Some people may get a headache after taking melatonin, or feel tired, sick or irritable the next day.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or smoking while taking melatonin. These stop the medicine working as well as it should.
  • Melatonin is also known by the brand name Circadin.

And The Mail recently wrote that “There is some evidence from good quality clinical trials that some herbal remedies can improve sleep. Saffron extract, passionflower and ashwagandha root have all been studied. ‘The effects weren’t huge, but there were no increased adverse reactions,’ says Dr Selsick. ‘So they’re worth trying.’ Also available in pharmacies and health-food shops are supplements such as valerian (aka ‘nature’s Valium’) and magnesium, which is an essential mineral for health. A magnesium deficiency is thought to cause restless sleep.”

The most recent thing that I have tried is the gummies which I found have helped me go back off to sleep again when I wake up with pain. Whereas before I would lie awake for ages before I went back to sleep I found I was soon back into the land of nod.

Source: The Mail, NHS, The White Company, Medical News Today