SOMNEX- THE FIRST DEDICATED SLEEP SHOW IN THE UK 12th-14th OCTOBER…

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.

 

 

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Non-surgical treatments for neck pain

As you know I try very, very hard to control my back and neck pain but in particular I find the neck/thoracic pain very troublesome and debilitating.

I love making things with my fingers and decided I would knit some fun mug cozies for the family for Christmas to dress up the Christmas table. Now we are only talking about 45 stitches and a few inches long and I had them made in a night but if you had seen the state I was in afterwards, you would have thought I’d done ten rounds in the boxing ring.

I couldn’t even raise my arms without pain and the only thing that helped in the end was my electric head pad which I lay on in bed. I had an awful night but decided today that I would ring up the pain clinic tomorrow to request another epidural as I think I have slipped through the net it has been such a long time since they contacted me.

I then spent some time reading on the net and one of my favorite sites is spine-health which seems to have everything about spinal problems and I came across an article about non-surgical treatments for neck pain.

It said that with the help of the forum community of neck pain sufferers, they have managed to compile some suggestions that have worked for these people, who certainly know what it’s like to deal with neck pain on a daily basis.

Take a Swim – well when I read this as the first option I thought the rest would be what I already know but then when I read on a little I realized that maybe I could go swimming – not to swim but to float as they stated that forum members noted the therapeutic effects that swimming has on back pain and neck pain, specifically in reducing inflammation, providing quick pain relief and allowing for unrestricted movements.

Some of the ways to do this were simple things like getting the water level up to the neck and simply moving around squatting until the water reaches the chin, and then moving back and forth and to the right and to the left.

Another suggestion was to utilize a Water Pillow which is something I have never tried before. It said that the rejuvenating effects of water pillows allow patients to dictate the firmness of their pillow. Specifically, more water equals a firmer pillow; less water provides a softer pillow. So now I’m going to find out who sells them and give this a try.
For me even the greatest pillow has no chance against neck pain that interferes with my sleeping, so I would be delighted if I found something that would help.

Of course, various supplements were suggested with some that stimulate the hormone Melatonin (which is highest prior to bedtime) and allowed some to at least get some much-needed quality restorative sleep. I am afraid I have tried every single one in the health store and supermarket and just when I get excited that I think I am sleeping better I have a terrible night but I would never give up on this as there are so many more to try. My Doc will not give me sleeping tablets as I am on so much medication. I guess it would totally knock me out.

One thing they did suggest was to take Magnesium as many cases of neck pain are the result of muscle strains or sprains, speaking with a nutritionist about magnesium (an essential mineral that helps contract and relax muscles) so that may be worth learning more about as some forum members noted how taking magnesium helps with muscle tightness in the neck.

I knew that Acupuncture had to be on the list and as you know I have had very little help with this and had many many treatments which again seemed to work at first then nothing the next time. But it did say that some people find no benefit whatsoever so I don’t think I am on my own on that score.

But deep tissue massage which was mentioned is something that I find does help me but is only for a short time but as I find it very relaxing I try and have one a month but its not a cheap form of pain relief at the end of the day and often depends on the skills of the practitioner. Remedial massage was another one mentioned which I must admit I have not tried and as I have a spa day package given to me by my son on my birthday I think it will be something I could try. However I am always a bit skeptical that they may not know enough about the type of surgery I have had.

Holistic treatments like aromatherapy (during which essential oils are used for relaxation and mood improvement), meditative music, candlelight, etc. were also suggested but again that is something I use and do all the time – in fact I could not cope without my meditative music when I am lying awake in pain at night.

It then went onto say how limiting instances that often spur and exacerbate neck pain (like sitting at a computer for long periods of time, driving, heavy lifting, other activities that require heavy use of the arms) have helped achieve relief, but for me there is so little left that doesn’t bother it that my life would not be worth living if I stopped everything and I think i know how to pace myself after all these years.

One thing they did suggest which my Physio told me to do recently when I had a lot of numbness was to put ice on different areas of the body (between the thumb and index finger, on the bone 1.5-2 inches behind the ear, on the indent between the middle of the eyebrow) to help achieve relief from such symptoms. The main reason I have not tried this is just simply because I am a warm person and just the thought of something cold on me would put me off trying it, but apparently one creative forum member noted using a headband to secure the ice in these different spots and on the temple. And when his neck pain got really intense, he suggested slowly moving to and lying on the floor with a towel behind the neck.(Yuk !, how uncomfortable does that sound :??

Finally it suggest sharing experiences with other neck pain sufferers which may help spark other ideas for achieving desired pain relief and at least provide comfort that there are people out there who really do care but I know I have my blog friends who care so I don’t need to go to any forums for that help.

So, after taking it all into consideration I think I should try the swimming (I mean floating) in a pool, a water pillow, start taking Magnesium and try a remedial massage. Ice is something I really don’t think I could try unless it was very hot lol 🙂

Thanks for reading my blog friends :wave:

Its been a long day today……………

I feel shattered today after a long day in the car. My back is now playing up something awful but I had to go to see my dentist who is my cousin and he lives in Lancashire which is about 2 hrs from us. I know your thinking I’m mad but he has looked after my teeth for I guess you could say forever, and knows all about my back and neck and what medication I’m on and is so careful with me. But after a long time in the chair then another 2 hour journey home its obvious I would be feeling a bit rough now.

To be honest with you it really took it out of me last week in London and I spent most of Friday and Saturday resting in bed then the sunny weather on Sunday prompted me to go for a long walk so my husband and I went to the woods with out dog. It was truly gorgeous and I managed 45 mins which I was really chuffed with and collapsed in bed when I got home but woke up feeling a lot better.

I’ve been busy taking my mind off the pain by making my own Christmas cards – the mess everywhere when I make them is always awful as I just drop everything and deal with it at the end but I’m chuffed with the ones I’ve made. I might have a go at making some mug cozies tonight for a bit of a fun as a present for the kids and their partners for Xmas, but I will wait until the medication has kicked in.

It does really work for me focusing on something else when I’m in pain, but I always have the same problem and that is when to stop, as the bell tends to ring when I’ve overdone it but hey we only have one life so I’ve just got to make the most of it.

I love the tv programmes at the moment and will settle in front of the tv with a hot bottle and watch I’m a Celebrity and all the X Factor and Dancing programmes until then come out of my ears. lol :crazy: So, until another day, take care my online friends.

If only the pain would go away then I could……………….

If only the pain would go away then I could help all my family that need me. I know you will all say its my fault for the pain I am in at the moment but when your family needs you, you just go and deal with it.

After a couple of days with my daughter in London who looks after me like a Queen I am still in a mess with terrible lumber pain today but I am soooooo glad I went. She had a very bad night on Sunday with pain and I will be anxious now until her operation in December but with her partner away on business I decided to go down and stay with her for a couple of days.

London is always the same with anyone and everyone in what seems like a rush to get from a to b and although my daughter carries everything for me and sees me onto the tube, I still find it exhausting.

When I got home yesterday afternoon I just collapsed as I felt so tired and didn’t phone my Dad until this morning and now I feel really guilty as he was not impressed that I had not phoned him last night but I just didn’t have the energy to even talk.

I feel like I’m being torn from pillar to post and just feel that if only the pain would go away I could help both Dad and my daughter at a time when they both need me so much. I’ve got the social services assessing Dad again today and am awaiting her phone call to me to tell me how things have gone on but really the only way I can look after Dad is if he came to me for some rest bite, but I just can’t seem to convince him of it.

My daughter would never ask for help (she’s just like me) but I know when she needs it and being closer to home would be just great but you can’t help where you all live. A friend has just sent me an email which I just had to put here as so much of it is so true …………

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The
Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.
It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written. My odometer rolled over to
90 in August, so here is the column once more:”

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and
parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey
is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God
never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is
up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an
answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t
save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. No one is in charge of your happiness, but you.
25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ”In five years, will
this matter?”.
26. Always choose life.
27. Forgive everyone, everything.
28. What other people think of you is none of your business.
29. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.
30. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
31. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
32. Believe in miracles.
33. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did
or didn’t do.
34. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
35. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
36. Your children get only one childhood.
37. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
38. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
39. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d
grab ours back.
40. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
41. The best is yet to come.
42. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
43. Yield.
44. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.
It’s estimated 93% won’t forward this. If you are one of the 7% who will,
forward this with the title ‘7%’. I’m in the 7%. Remember that I will
always share my spoon with you! Friends are the family that we choose for
ourselves.

I am sure you will all agree. Thank you my online friends for the support you have given me since starting this blog.

Some of my numbness has gone – Yipeeeeeeee

I woke up this morning with a surprise !! When I put my foot out of the bed, I could feel it !!! I was soooooo pleased I woke my husband up and sang my heart out when I came down to let the dog out. She thought I’d gone potty but she could be right their !!!!!:crazy:lol

The numbness has come and gone all day but at least its on the move so I’ve tried to rest most of the day with the heat pads and will keep doing that for the time being. I’ve also been searching the internet and found a few new ideas on back pain. One being laser treatment on your nerves and a friend is going to find out the name of someone she had heard of that did it.

I can’t tell you how much better I feel today knowing that it is going the right way and realize that resting often just has to be a big part of my life and if I need to go and help my Dad again I will just have to fit in a rest sometime in the afternoon.

I could be quite depressed about it all but its not in my nature to give up and it just spurs me on to get myself right again. I hope I can also help others in a similar situation. Life’s short enough as it is and with the access to the world wide web you can learn and find out anything you want to know about your condition. The other advantage are the forums and blogs like mine where you meet other lovely people who will support and keep your chin up when your feeling low. Without this I think everything would be much harder to deal with.

So, thanks all of you for your kind words and opinions on my problem which I hope I am getting to the bottom of. :wave: