N:Rem Foam Topper Review.

“I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. “

I was really lucky to have the opportunity to review the N:rem foam mattress topper (https://www.nremsleepsystem.co.uk) Just a quick note before I continue with my review, these toppers are no longer available. The topper was sent to me to review what the mattress would be like.

I actually needed a mattress topper because the mattress I was supplied with was hard and made my pain worse so thank you to (https://www.nremsleepsystem.co.uk) for giving me this opportunity and also to Julie from Chronic Illness Bloggers who does a fantastic job at organising everything.

I had tried a few shop bought mattress toppers and had no luck with comfort, reduced pain or improved sleep. What I really liked about this product is that you can tailor it to your needs and it can be easily changed by moving the cubes around. It comes with 3 different types of foam cubes – firm, medium, and soft. You get a certain amount of all three in your mattress, and then you adjust the cubes into whatever set up you need, based on where you get pain etc. The different set ups for the pain is shown in the information leaflet you get. I am using a single topper but the mattress comes in single adjustable, single, double, king, and super king. As the cubes can be freely moved around, if you had a double bed it would be possible to set each side of the mattress according to the set up each person wanted/needed, eg hip pain, back pain etc.

I did find the cubes pretty awkward to get them to fit together nicely and needed my carers help, but that could just be due to my limited mobility. I do find that I have to readjust the cubes every week or so because they tend to move around, however, again, I’m putting that down to me as I am in an electric bed and have to adjust the head and feet part throughout the day. To readjust it only takes two minutes and I don’t have to be off the mattress, so I don’t find it’s a big deal.  It does say in the information that the mattress should be flipped every 6 weeks to get the most use out of it without wearing it down unevenly. swapping the cubes around like this does take up some room and I find it easier to do on the floor, but it is definitely worth doing.

Honestly, this product is so comfortable! I can’t say that my sleep has improved, but I have found that my pain isn’t half as awful in the morning as it used to be, and I’m not as stiff. I have seen an improvement in my back pain (which is what my cubes are currently positioned for) and I do find that it is really supportive. As I mentioned a minute ago I have an electric bed, and was cautious to use this as I wasn’t sure if it would work. Luckily the topper works fine with it and it’s so much better than the mattress I was supplied with my electric bed. I have however, had to take away my mattress and use this topper as the only mattress  – but this has worked out perfectly for me.

I will also like to note that if you are interested in this mattress, they do offer a payment plan for £1 a night (£30 a month.) You can try the mattress in your home for 100 days and if you’re not happy at the end of that, then you can return the product and receive a refund. Personally, I am very pleased with this product and have a much more comfortable place to rest because of it.

 

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TheraSpecs Review.

“I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers Network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. “

Thank you to Thera Specs (https://www.theraspecs.com/shop/) for giving me this opportunity to review their product. I have suffered with migraines for quite a few years although I have only recently been diagnosed. Along with the migraines, I also struggle with light sensitivity which obviously makes the migraines worse. When I found out TheraSpecs were going to send me these glasses, I was really excited to see if they made a difference to my life. I’m pleased to be able to say  I wasn’t disappointed.

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I was sent a link to their website  and was told which glasses I could choose from. Even though I was only looking at the indoor only glasses, I still had a few options to choose from with different styles/shapes. Once I had chosen the pair I wanted, the delivery was quick and easy (even coming from America to the UK). I was quite worried that I’d look a little daft wearing them as the lenses are tinted and so make them look like sunglasses, however upon receiving them I found them to look quite stylish (to me anyway!) and so I didn’t feel embarrassed about wearing them in supermarkets etc. When I first put the glasses on at home, I immediately felt that they were very comfortable. I wear prescription glasses for reading etc and compared to them the TheraSpecs glasses are a lot more comfortable to wear, therefore meaning I can wear them for a longer period of time than my reading glasses without them becoming irritating. As with all glasses (I think!) they did eventually start to bother my nose but this was after many hours wearing them – which is not needed often – and taking them off for a short while – something like 10 minutes – solved this problem. I also noticed how super lightweight they are, which is brilliant as I do forget that I’m wearing them sometimes. Obviously, if I am not noticing them on my face then they are not falling off my face! This just saves a lot of bother having to adjust them every two minutes. I was lucky that when my glasses arrived they were already a perfect fit for me, however, the information leaflet I got with the glasses said that they can be adjusted easily by bending the ends to fit around your ear better. I have tried bending mine and it really is that easy! Because the ends are adjustable they are made from what feels like rubber, this again adds to the comfort compared with plastic on other glasses that go around the ears.

One thing I often struggle with, which regularly was enough to cause me a migraine is the lights in supermarkets. I have always found them to be extra bright. Wearing the TheraSpecs glasses has definitely helped this, meaning I can now take time to look around shops properly and with less stress, knowing that It won’t cause a migraine. I also use the glasses whilst at my computer which has really helped as I can now do more – whether that’s writing a blog post, catching up with the news, or doing uni work! I also tried them at the cinema and managed to get through the whole film and leave with a mini migraine which was a lot more tolerable than it could have been.

The TheraSpecs website does offer outdoor only, and combination glasses along with the indoor only which I have. They also offer an option for prescription glasses if that is something that you would need. Overall I have found these glasses to be very helpful in many situations. While my migraines are not gone completely, these glasses do significantly reduce the frequency and intensity of my migraines, making them a ‘must have’ for me. They have surpassed all expectations I had before I received them, and I am still amazed at how something so simple and small as a pair of glasses can make such a big difference to my life. It is definitely something that I would repurchase in the future.