Buckwheat pillow review

As someone who likes a cool pillow I was intrigued by the popularity of buckwheat pillows in countries like Japan. I visited there a few times on business and stayed in medium quality hotels but was very impressed by the sleep I had. Nothing special about the bed it seemed but the pillow filling is definitely not the type we get in my country.  My translator stated that it was "buckwheat" and that it was very popular over there.

So off I trundled to try and get a buckwheat pillow from the usual shops here. No chance! It seems that they are still a specialist niche here so I ordered one from an online retailer and it arrived in 2 days.

2 months on and I have to say I am very impressed.  Here are my findings:

Is the pillow hypo-allergenic?

Yes it is. Buckwheat hulls are an organic product and they are encased in a natural, unbleached Calico case so it's about as good as it gets for allergy sufferers.

Noisy or not?

I was initially concerned that the noise from the hulls rubbing together would stop me from sleeping, but in fact it is very gentle sound, you could even say 'soothing'.  The pillow is firm yet adapts to the shape of your head and you bizarrely find yourself awakening in the same position you fell asleep in. A sure testimonial to a good night's sleep! This also means that the pillow isn't noisy in use so no issues there.

Does it provide neck support?

Definitely the best pillow I have had for the support of head and neck. With other pillows I tend to sleep with my hand next to my face to prevent rolling, with this one I don't.

Is it cool in use?

I like a cool pillow. It's certainly not as cool as a Chillow or any other gel pad specifically for that purpose, but it does seem to allow air to circulate well. It is filled with buckwheat 'hulls' that are all various shapes and it's this that allows the air to pass freely. The pillow remains the same temperature which leads to a good night's sleep.

Can I sleep on my back or side with this pillow?

Certainly. I find that it adapts to the weight of your head but, importantly, supports the neck muscles whether lying on your back or side.

Can it relieve migraines and headaches?

I'm not a doctor! I imagine that any stress related headache would be eased by correct support while sleeping but it would be unfair to say this pillow is a 'magic bullet'.

How do I setup this pillow?

No real setup or maintenance involved. Add your standard pillowcase and shake so the hulls are evenly distributed. Job done!

Can buckwheat pillows reduce snoring?

Most definitely. My partner now has a buckwheat pillow and there have been some reduced decibels in our bedroom at night! The better support the pillow offers, coupled with the fact it maintains temperature effectively, means that it is as good as any of the anti-snore pillows we have tried in the past.

Is the cover washable?

Yes, it has a zip for removing the hulls and it is then machine washable at 40 degrees Centigrade. We wash all of our bedding at 60 degrees and it has not been an issue for this Calico case at all.

Summary

A great purchase at a price that's not much more than a standard pillow. Trying to put a price on a good night's sleep is difficult, we have tried so many sleep aids but this remains hands down the best 'bang for your buck' that we have purchased. Buy one, put a pillowcase on it and get your best night's sleep ever!

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SinuPulse Elite Advanced Nasal Sinus Irrigation System review

Disclaimer: This is an honest review of the SinuPulse Advanced Nasal Sinus Irrigation system. Neither I nor this website have received a free machine or any gift from the manufacturer in exchange for this review. I am, however, a user of the Sinus Pulse system so I’m able to comment on its effectiveness and price.

Sinus pulse elite advanced nasal irrigation reviewSinusitis covers all symptoms of nasal inflammation or irritation of the sinuses cavities such as blocked or runny nose (infected mucous), sinus pain, headaches, fatigue, feeling lethargic. The SinuPulse Elite Advanced Nasal Irrigation system could provide a solution in more ways than one. It is approved by ear nose and throat specialists as it enables the sufferer to gently irrigate the sinuses in the comfort of their own home as and when nasal congestion symptoms occur, completely drug free.

The SinuPulse Elite Advanced Nasal Sinus Irrigation System has been scientifically developed to be easy and comfortable to use, providing effective relief of the symptoms of sinusitis. It works by delivering measured amounts of a saline based solution into the sinus cavities to flush out thick, viscous, infected mucus and debris caused by allergens, bacteria, pollutants such as smoke, dust, pollen and perfumes. This improves the ability of the cilia (the microscopic hairs lining the mucous membrane which move the mucous and lubricate the linings) to work properly again thus providing relief from the discomforts associated with sinusitis.  It is, in our opinion, a technical marvel.

What does the SinuPulse come with?

The SinuPulse Elite Sinus Irrigation System is powered by mains electricity. It comes complete with everything you need including measuring water tank, easy mix SinuAir sachets for the sinus rinse, a flow control system which enables the user to alter the flow rate,  flexible tip and mist spray tip attachments to vary solution delivery. The unique pulse control system delivers the solution at the rate for maximum benefit and comfort. Additional items include throat and tongue cleaning tips for use with SinuSpray or Sinumist attachments. By using the throat irrigation system included SinuPulse Elite can also be very effective in providing soothing relief for sore throats.

Benefits of the SinuPulse Elite nasal rinse system

Unlike other nasal congestion remedies this system does not involve any drugs and therefore carries minimal risk of unwanted side effects.  Users report rapid relief from nasal congestion, headaches, sinus pain and easier breathing, improved sleep, more energy, and quicker recovery times from sinusitis and common colds.   Regular use (one or two times per week) has been shown to reduce the likelihood of re-occurrence of sinusitis or other associated conditions.

Verdict

The SinuPulse is not a cheap unit but as an investment for years of proper breathing and sleep patterns it is unbeatable in what it does. It takes some getting used to at first but once into a routine there is no substitute for its effortless performance. If you can afford one then buy it straight away and use the drug-free technology to combat improper breathing, stuffiness and general nasal congestion. You’ll probably not have to buy another breathing product again. I use this SinuPulse Elite nasal rinse in conjuction with breathe right strips to get quality night-time sleep.

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Sleep apnea diagnosis and remedies

Sleep Apnea diagnosis is particularly difficult, so to understand this ailment we really need to understand snoring better.  Snoring can be a real 'nightmare' for both the sleeper and the bed partner. It is singlehandedly the commonest cause of poor sleep and is extremely common, particularly amongst men, people who are over 60, overweight or smokers. It can be a major problem in relationships so where this is a problem the partners should try to discuss the issue sensitively and without blame as ‘the snorer’ is unaware of doing it.

Snoring may however be a symptom of the potentially more serious condition, Sleep Apnea.  Snoring occurs when the soft tissue at the back of throat relaxes and restricts the airflow into the wind pipe and ultimately the lungs.  The vibration of this tissue results in the familiar snoring sound. Sleep Apnea  ocurs when this blockage is prolonged for up to 20 seconds.  The loss of oxygen in the blood is detected in the brain causing it to disturb the sleeper. The disturbed sleeper now may gasp or snort loudly as breathing is resumed. This erratic breathing rhythm can occur many times per night. Although the sleeper may not wake, the disturbance causes them to spend more time in a light sleep pattern and thus they are deprived of the deep restorative sleep needed to recover from the day and be energised for the day ahead.

Sleep Apnea diagnosis

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea can prove very difficult as not everyone who snores actually has Sleep Apnea. Also, monitoring is difficult because  the individual is asleep so unless their partner is able to record their sleep pattern, the type and volume of snores, sleeping position etc it will be difficult to monitor.

One of the clearest indicators is how the individual copes with the demands of the day. As normal snoring doesn’t interfere with the quality of your sleep as much as sleep apnea does, you’re less likely to suffer from extreme tiredness, difficulty in concentration and sleepiness during the day.  There are many tips and remedies for snoring and these should be fully explored before resorting to the ‘other room' scenario. Here's a few of the best tips and tricks.

  • Open up your nasal passages. Try to keep your nasal passages open at night using a nasal dilator, saline spray, breathing strips, or a neti pot. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, large meals and sedatives, especially for a couple of hours before bedtime
  • Use a jaw supporter, we'd recommend this one
  • Use a homeopathic oral spray, there are a few well known brands such as Snorezip that really work well
  • Try to establish a bedtime routine that triggers the brain to get ready for sleep
  • Get yourself one of the utterly brilliant snoreless pillows
  • Try to reduce stress and anxiety levels by making a list of your tasks for the following day
  • Be kind to yourself and tell yourself what you have achieved during the day as this will give you a feeling of wellbeing
  • Use an oral device such as SnoreRX which calibrates itself and is discreet and comfortable.
  • Try to lose weight
  • Quit smoking if you can

There are also  many ways to exercise the throat muscles, toning them up and reducing the risk of snoring. These include, but aren't limited to,  singing, gargling with water, blowing up a balloon each day (yes, this can actually help!) and trying to play a wind instrument. Sleep apnea remedies can be simple and can change your life.

Thumper Mini Pro2 massager review

Thumper Mini Pro2 massager reviewThe Thumper Mini Pro2 massager is a truly remarkable piece of equipment. I first came across this device a long time ago on a visit to my Osteomyologist (specialist in manipulative therapy - combining chiropractic and osteopathic techniques). He uses this for patients who benefit from deep muscle tissue massage, in short a very large percentage of them.  I was very impressed by the way that the massage was vigorous yet controlled and asked if it was a professional tool or one that was available to buy to the public.

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Thumper Mini Pro2 and Sport massagers compared

The Thumper Mini Pro2 massager is recommended to those people in the business of muscle therapy and general or shiatsu massage.  If you are going to be doing continuous massages with it throughout the day then this is the one for you.  It has a decent size handle and is able to reach all areas of the patient without problems due to its long handle.  The motor has 3 speeds and is very strong.  That said, the gentle massage is very suitable for delicate areas such as ribcage.

I bought a Mini Pro 2 last year for myself after suffering chronic back pain.  My issue was a disc problem and the muscle relaxing done by this device enabled me to get to the root cause of the problem, giving the disc chance to heal naturally.  It is robust, user friendly and does the job fantastically well.

The Thumper Sport massager is a more versatile handheld massager for personal use.  It has the same power as the Mini Pro 2, but offers marginally better usability when self-massaging due to its long handle.  Measuring the two side by side, I can see that the Sport is some 6cm longer which means that I can more comfortably reach the middle of my back.

I have bought a Thumper Sport now for my daughter and she is more than happy with it, using it mostly on her lower back. She still uses my Thumper Mini Pro2 when she stays over but states that there's no real difference in the end result for her.

Both units weigh 1.4kg which means they are easy for most people to hold and manipulate. A nice and long 3.7 metre power cord will obviously help when walking around a patient or person you are massaging.  The guarantee is 2 years but they seldom need attention, being one of the most robust and well put-together personal massagers out there.

The massage spheres gently hug your spine and the fine control of both units allows for easy massage of children and the elderly. For leg muscles that I find need a more vigorous massage the Thumper is more than capable too.

Whichever you choose, they are a stunningly well designed, professional piece of equipment that will withstand many years of use.

 

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Natural cure for sinus infection

natural cure for sinus infection

A natural cure for sinus infection is very hard to find. We investigated the use of natural and herbal remedies and happily found a system that was, excuse the pun, right under our noses. You see, we had been told a while back about the superb 24 hour sinus breakthrough report by a client of ours. At first we treated it with little respect because we have seen so many poor quality products pass through our hands for testing. This was different. Simple, logical and you can be up and running on their inexpensive home treatment method within 10 minutes.

With it being 100% risk free (they give a full refund if not completely satisfied) this has to be one of the best natural sinus infection cures out there.

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Nasal congestion treatment and remedies

Nasal congestion can be a minor problem for some and a huge problem for others. Stuffy, blocked noses mean difficulty breathing and this generally worsens at night when you lie down. Congestion is caused by the thin tissue in the lining of the nose that swells up because of inflamed blood vessels in that area. Viruses and bacteria are the main culprits of this swelling and these can be introduced by colds, influenza (flu), hay fever, nasal polyps and general sinus infection. You can try to reduce the effects of these by some simple methods.

Nasal congestion rinsing

First, most sufferers highly recommend regular 'rinsing' of the nasal pasasages with a saline solution. This does not involve any expense as you can make your own with salt and warm water. For ease of use try a cheap neti pot that can painlessly rinse in a few seconds.  It's amazing how running water through a nose can help to CURE a runny nose!  This simple treatment is quite safe for children and many neti pots can adapt to different sized nostrils due to the taper on the end spout.

Secondly, for a good night's sleep it is essential to open the nasal passages to allow more air to pass.  This can be done in a few ways but most popular are the cheap disposable nasal strips such as Breathe Right. After this comes nasal plugs which can help in the same way but are washable and reusable.  Both of these methods can be used to combat snoring and help such illnesses as sleep apnea,

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Breathe right nose strips

Breathe right strips offer a drug-free way to stop snoring at night. By opening the nasal cavities wider, more air is allowed to pass into the body.
A blocked nose makes you breathe through your mouth instead of your nose. This can lead to cause snoring which disturbs you and people around you.

Breathe Right's nasal strips are very clever in that they open your nasal passages gently by using nothing more than a plastic spring band and plaster. The plaster is just sticky enough to hold onto your nose and gently pull it wider. They help you to breathe much better and can dramatically reduce the stuffiness of colds and allergies such as hay fever.

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For a more complete drug-free Sinus unblocking system, take a look at our SinuPulse Elite review

Using a Neti pot to clear nasal congestion

So what is a Neti pot?  It's a small container, usually plastic, that holds saline liquid (salty water) and is used to 'flush out' the nasal cavities. Many users report that it is the single best thing they have used to keep nasal congestion at bay. Many hay fever and sinusitis sufferers swear by their neti pots as an 'on-demand' solution.

Neti pots are not powered, they simply rely on gravity to flow the water into one nostril and then back out through the other. Some netis have a small bulb that, when pressed, will add a bit of pressure to the 'flushing'.

Users generally mix up a saline solution. Our findings here are that 3 to 5 grams of salt is enough for half a litre of water.  You can add sodium bicarbonate up to about 2 grams per half litre of water. This is said to make the process more gentle on the sinuses, but in our experience this is not the case for most users, with great results from the simple saline mix.

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If you find it uncomfortable then experiment with the salt quantity and type. You need the salt to make it more comfortable, plain water hurts and it's even more painful if it's not warm first! With the prices of the neti pots being so cheap, it's really worth purchasing one and is another tool in the armoury for a good night's sleep.