Sleep and Fibromyalgia

Sleep and Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia’s impact on sleep

Sleep and fibromyalgia don’t go well together.

Sleep disturbances are very common for sufferers of the condition. While they may not have difficulty falling asleep, their sleep is likely to be light and easily disturbed so when they wake up they feel exhausted or unrested. These sleep disturbances can cause the feeling of constant fatigue and prevent the body from rejuvenation, which in turn leads to increased pain1.

The severe pain of this condition also means it is difficult to sleep. Research shows that the body has a lower tolerance to pain and discomfort with lack of sleep. Fibromyalgia patients must make every effort to minimise sleep disturbance.

Tips for creating a regular sleep routine:

  • Set fixed times for going to bed and waking up
  • Maintain a relaxing bedtime routine
  • Only retire to bed when you feel tired
  • Create a comfortable sleep environment
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol
  • Avoid eating heavy meals late at night

 

How to create the best sleeping environment:

  • Use thick blinds/blackout blinds or wear an eye mask to keep out early morning light or street lamps
  • Maintain a comfortable temperature in your bedroom
  • Use earplugs if there is any noise disturbance
  • Avoid using laptops, watching television, eating, making phone calls or working while you’re in bed
  • Make sure you have a comfortable mattress, pillow and bedding suitable for the time of year

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Signs you have Fibromyalgia

Signs you have Fibromyalgia

What are the signs and symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia has many symptoms that tend to vary from person to person. The main symptom is a widespread pain throughout the body.

There may be periods when your symptoms will vary maybe getting worse and then getting better. This can depend on factors such as:

  • Stress
  • Changes in the weather
  • Physical activity

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

  • Widespread Pain
    One of the main symptoms for fibromyalgia is likely to be a widespread pain. This may be felt throughout your body but could be worse in particular areas, such as your back or neck. The pain can feel like an ache, a sharp stabbing pain or a burning sensation.
  • Extreme Sensitivity
    Fibromyalgia can make you extremely sensitive to pain, and you may find that even being touched is painful. If you hurt yourself, the pain may continue for much longer than it normally would. You may also be sensitive to things such as smoke, certain foods and bright lights.
  • Stiffness
    Fibromyalgia can make you feel stiff. The stiffness may be most severe when you’ve been in the same position for a long period of time, meaning symptoms can be often worse in the morning. It can also cause your muscles to spasm, which is when they contract (squeeze) tightly and painfully.
  • Fatigue
    Fibromyalgia can cause fatigue. This can range from a mild, tired feeling to severe exhaustion. Fatigue may come on suddenly and can drain you of all your energy. 
  • Poor Sleep
    You may wake up feeling tired, even when you’ve had a good night’s rest. This is because Fibromyalgia can sometimes stop you from sleeping deeply enough to refresh yourself properly. This is often described as “non-restorative sleep.”
  • Cognitive Problems (Fibro-Fog)
    Cognitive problems are issues related to thinking and learning. If you have fibromyalgia, you may have trouble remembering and learning new things, problems with attention and concentration.
  • Headaches
    Due to the stiffness in your back and neck, you may also have frequent headaches. These can vary from mild to severe migraines.

Other symptoms:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Dizziness and clumsiness
  • Feeling too hot or too cold – this is because you’re not able to regulate your body temperature properly
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Tingling, numbness, prickling or burning sensations in your hands and feet
  • In women, unusually painful periods
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

If you are suffering from these symptoms it is important that you contact your GP for proper diagnosis and medical advice1.

Find out more about fibromyalgia here.

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Our Most Common Dreams & What They Mean

Our Most Common Dreams & What They Mean

What are our most common dreams & what do they mean?

Every night each person on earth dreams for 90 minutes to two hours or more each night. Dreams are stories and images our mind creates while we sleep. They can be vivid and not always tell a simple story, leaving you feeling happy, sad or scared. Dreams happen anytime during sleep but your most vivid dreams will happen when you are in a deep sleep called REM (rapid eye movement), when the brain is most active1.

What do our common dreams mean?

  1. Being Chased

    This dream is most commonly reported. The anxiety we feel in the dream is so vivid, that it makes it easier for us to remember them. Often, the reason for dreaming you are being chased comes not from the fear of actually being chased but rather what you’re running from. Chase dreams help us to understand that maybe we’re not addressing something in our waking lives that requires our attention.
  2. Falling

    Not all falling dreams are scary. Some dreamers report a type of slow falling that indicates serenity and the act of letting go. When we dream of falling uncontrollably from a great height indicates that something in our life feels very much out of control.
  3. Water

    Water represents our emotions or our unconscious minds. The type of the water (clear, cloudy, calm or turbulent) often shows us how effectively we are managing our emotions.
  4. Flying

    Flying in a dream relates to how much control we feel we have in our lives. Depending on how high or low we fly can represent how much control we feel we have.
  5. Vehicles

    Whether a car, aeroplane, train or ship, the vehicles in our dream can reflect what direction we feel our life is taking, and how much control we think we have over the path ahead of us. Vehicles can give us the power to make a transition and envision ourselves getting to our destination or highlight the obstacles we think we are facing and need to work through.
  6. People

    Dreaming of people often is a reflection of the different aspects you see in yourself. The people in your dreams can relate to characteristics that need to be developed. Specific people directly relate to existing relationships or interpersonal issues we need to work through. Dreaming of your partner, in particular, is frequently symbolic of an aspect of ourselves from which we feel detached.
  7. School

    These dreams are often reported by people who have left school years previously. It’s a very common situation for people in dreams to find themselves in a school or classroom sometimes confronted with a test that they aren’t prepared to take. The “test” or “lesson” we face inside the school or classroom is frequently one we need to learn from our past.
  8. Death

    Although dreaming of death is often perceived as negative, it often refers to dramatic change happening for the dreamer. The end of one thing, in order to make room for something new.
  9. Nudity

    Vulnerability is very often expressed in dreams through nudity. The part of the body that’s exposed can give more insight into the emotion that our dreams are helping us to understand.
  10. Baby

    Dreaming of a baby often represents something new. It might be a new idea, a new development or the potential for growth in an area of our waking life.
  11. Teeth Falling Out

    If you dream of your teeth falling out it may suggest you are insecure about how you are perceived by others and your appearance.
  12. Paralysis

    The body is actually encountering a form of paralysis during dreaming, which prevents it from physically performing the actions occurring in their dreams, therefore dreaming about paralysis frequently represents the overlap between the REM stage and waking stage of sleep. Dreaming about paralysis can also indicate that the dreamer feels he or she lacks control in their waking life.

But why do we dream?

There is still no given answer on why we dream but there are many theories. Some researchers say dreams have no purpose or meaning and are nonsensical activities of the sleeping brain. Whereas others say dreams are necessary for mental, emotional, and physical health. They believe that dreams help us work through the problems in our lives, incorporate our memories and process our emotions2.

Dunlopillo Voted Which? Best Pillow

Dunlopillo Voted Which? Best Pillow

Dunlopillo has been rated by Which? members as the Best Pillow Brand for 2017!

Consumer body Which? surveyed over 5,000 of its subscribers in April 2017. Brands were awarded based on customer satisfaction and product recommendation. Dunlopillo received the title of Best Pillow Brand 2017 with a score of 77%.  It achieved an impressive five out of five stars in ‘comfort’ and ‘matched product description’ categories.

Dunlopillo is one of the best known bedding brands in the world. They are the leading manufacturer of latex mattresses and pillows. They use natural sustainable sourced latex that enables pillows and mattresses to retain their shape and remain durable for years to come. The Actipro™ technology used in their fabric provides natural protection against common allergens, dust mites and odours ensuring a clean, fresh and healthy sleeping environment.

On receiving the award Dunlopillo Brand Director David Wescomb commented:

“Our Signature Collection pillows have anti-allergenic properties and are the blueprint for comfort, support and durability. The perfect combination for a good night’s sleep. We’re extremely proud to be named Best Pillow Brand 2017 by trustworthy Which? members. It gives our customers that extra confidence they’re investing in a top quality pillow from a top rated brand”.

You can find our full range of Dunlopillo pillows here.

We have a large variety of pillows from Dunlopillo from anti-allergy to firm and medium support. But how do you know which type of Dunlopillo pillow is best for you?

Here at SlumberSlumber we have put together a handy guide to help you know which pillow suits your individual needs.

Which Dunlopillo Pillow is best for you?

 Side Sleeper

If you are a side sleeper you will require extra firm support whilst sleeping.

The Dunlopillo Super Comfort Latex Pillow  is a luxury latex pillow that moulds to your shape, offering deep, firm support for the head and neck. This pillow provides instant pressure relief and helps you maintain a perfect sleeping posture. Made with superior latex these pillows will retain their shape over time, offering you support for your neck and spine.

The Dunlopillo Super Comfort Latex Pillow is incredibly firm, offers excellent durability and comes complete with a cotton and polyester cover. We also recommend this pillow if you toss and turn during the night or find yourself sleeping on both your side and back.

Back/Front Sleeper

 If you sleep on your back or front you will require gentle support for your head and neck:

The Dunlopillo Serenity Deluxe Latex Pillow  is a luxury latex pillow that offers shallow gentle support for the head and neck. This pillow provides instant pressure relief with its unique ‘pincore’ construction. The feature of tiny inter-connecting air cells provide a built-in ventilation system which means the Dunlopillo latex pillows stays cool and fresh throughout the night. Made with Dunlopillo Latex, unlike memory foam this superior latex has instant bounce back.

The Dunlopillo Serenity Deluxe Latex Pillow offers comfort and support to those who sleep on their front or back and comes complete with a washable cotton and polyester cover.

Allergen Free

The Dunlopillo Anti-Allergy Latex Pillow features a 100% cotton fibre cover with anti-allergy technologies allowing you to achieve the ultimate healthy, well rested night’s sleep. The pillow and cover are hypo-allergenic making this pillow the ideal solution for allergy suffers.

Learn more about the benefits and variety of ranges from the award winning Dunlopillo pillows in this short video below:

 

Bedding to help keep you dry at night

Bedding to help keep you dry at night

Whether it’s yourself, your child or your parent that needs help staying dry at night, our range of waterproof protection will keep mattresses and pillows safe from accidents and spills.  Choose from convenient reusable bed pads or all over encasements for complete peace of mind.

SlumberSlumber Sleep Essentials Reusable Waterproof Bed Pad

Sleep Essentials waterproof reusable bed pad has been designed to provide maximum performance and protection for the user. This bed pad is designed to offer comfort, confidence and a restful night’s sleep, perfect for endless uses from childhood bed wetting and pregnancy to old age and everything in between!

Waterproof bed bad

Reusable Bed Pads remove the stress of having to change the whole bed. This bed pad can be washed and reused many times, with the absorbency increasing with the first few washes.

Made from the finest materials, the Sleep Essentials Reusable Bed Pad uses modern technology to protect your mattress from all kinds of liquids. The bed pad consists of five functional layers, the top layer is made from a highly technical fabric which allows liquids to pass through while remaining dry and comfortable to sleep on.  The liquid is locked away in the middle layers and the waterproof breathable polyurethane backing prevents penetration of the liquid to the mattress.

You can also opt for the Reusable Waterproof Bed Pad with Wings to tuck around the sides of your mattress to keep the bed pad firmly in place.

 

Waterproof Mattress Encasement

For a protective waterproof bottom layer opt for a waterproof mattress encasement.

Waterproof Mattress Encasement

SlumberSlumber Sleep Essentials Waterproof Mattress Encasement protects against accidents or spills, while a soft upper layer provides a comfortable sleeping surface.

 

Anti Bed Bug & Allergy Mattress & Pillow Encasements

Available in either Terry or Tencel, these Allersafe ranges are the ideal solution for dealing with allergens and moisture.

Terry pillowTerry mattress

Tencel pillowTencel mattress

 

With all Allersafe Anti Allergy products they have Breathe-a-Barrier™ technology creating a water resistant barrier for peace of mind.

Mattress and pillow protectors and encasement’s help with even the biggest accidents. Waterproof bedding is extremely helpful in preventing damage to mattresses from such incidents as bed wetting, incontinence and spills, as well as helping with hygiene.

Also, if you find yourself waking up wet from sweat and over-heating at night, take a look at our products that will help you keep cool.

For more information about bed wetting or allergies visit our Sleep Clinic.

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