Sleep has become a bigger issue as I’ve got older. Now me and my husband seem to talk about sleep a lot more than we did. ‘did you get a good nights sleep?’ ‘I’m so tired today’ etc etc. When I was younger I don’t think I ever thought about sleep. I could go without any or sleep for half a day. It didn’t seem a big deal and I never thought about getting off to sleep. With all these sleep matters now praying on my mind I was pleased when I was asked to review the ResMed S+ sleep monitor.
What is the ResMed S+ sleep monitor?
Unlike a lot of sleep monitors that I see my friend tap tapping on, on their wrists this is a contact less monitor. Which is a plus as I tend to sleep with my arms tucked under me and I couldn’t stand to wear a bracelet to bed.
It can monitor your sleeping patterns from a sensor looking at your breathing patterns. Telling you what stage of sleep you’ve had and for how long. It can also tell you what disturbed your sleep. Whether it was temperature, noise or light disturbance.
How does it work?
It was easy to set up, just plug it in and position it on a bedside table with the sensor ponting at your cheast. This was a bit of a problem for us, as only hubby has a bedside table so he decied to give it the first go. Then you download the app and sync it to the monitor.
It also has some other cool functions as well as the sleep monitor. Such as note function, which is great when you suddenly think of something you need to do the next day. Plus a sound function which helps you regulate your breathing to drift you off to sleep.
Our initial thoughts.
Hubby was quite intrigued to find out a bit more about his sleeping. I on the other hand was excited and then disappointed when I was the light on it. This is a major point of annoyance for me. I cannot stand any source of light at night and hubby has already taped over the glowing light on the phone stand and covers over the alarm clock.
Did we make a discovery?
We didn’t make any big discoveries about our sleep yet. We know that we get disturbed twice a night by our four year old. I didn’t need a monitor to tell us that. I’m hoping to have ago with it now as hubby had the first trial and it can only monitor one person at a time. So I’m planning on fashioning some sort of stack of books next to my side of the bed to perch it on.
I’m also looking forward to trying out the alarm that wakes you within a light sleep stage as often I feel really fuggy when the alarm goes off, so maybe I’m getting up at the wrong portion of sleep.
With thanks to ResMed for providing the sleep monitor for this review. You can ready more in my advertising and disclosure policy.
Post in collaboration with Taymount Clinic.
Over the last two and half years I have become so much more aware of the foods I eat and what effect this has on me. Not just that I must avoid gluten and how badly I can suffer when I’ve been glutened but also the variety and sources of my food. I eat a vegetarian diet and cook 90% of my food from scratch. So I was keen to join in with Taymount clinics 50 foods challenge.
The idea behind the challenge is that you try and eat 50 foods that are all different in seven days. No repetition. So if I ate bread, I couldn’t then put bagels or buns down as well as they would count as the same thing. You can however list each individual spice or oil etc.
I was pretty confident I could do it as I felt that I ate a wide and varied diet. I wasn’t prepared for how quickly I would hit the fifty target.
Starting on a Sunday and after breakfast of cereal and toast I was already up to 18 foods. The reason I did this was because of my gluten free diet. Where most peoples cereal might contain one or two ingredients, mine contained five and the toast had thirteen! This continued and by day two of the challenge I had hit the 50 foods. So I continued on for the remaining five days and although the list of new foods slowed as I inevitably had some repetitions of things. I was really pleased to have hit seventy five different foods in one week.
50 foods breakdown.
- Soya milk
- Cows Milk
- Red Lentils
- Baked beans
Fruit and Vegetables
- Chickpea flour
- Maize flour
- Potato flour
- Tapicoa flour
- Rice flour
- Corn flour
- Psyllium Husk
Nuts and seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Millet seeds
- Poppy seeds
- Golden flaxseed
- Rapeseed oil
- Vegetable oil
- Sunflower oil
- Palm oil
- Yeast extract
- Chilli powder
- Black pepper
- Celery seed
- Agave syrup
As you can see my choices and use of herbs and spices really boosted my range. The idea of trying to eat 50 foods in seven days is to increase the amount of different bacteria in your gut. The more diversity you have on your plate the more diversity you should have in your gut. For example if you ate 50 foods that is equal to approximately 1,500 different bacteria in your gut.
I can’t say that as of yet I felt any significant change in my tummy. That is probably down to already eating such a wide range of foods. However this challenge has got me thinking, about the diversity in my weekly diet and not falling into the trap of eating the same things combined different ways each day. My aim will be to continue trying to hit that 50 foods target each week.
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Hubby has recently started to workout more. I bought him a bike clamp so he could ride his bike through the winter and now the summer has arrived he often goes out on it in the evenings. Doing 10 – 20 miles. I think this is because he recently hit forty. He’s not overweight in fact he weighs the same as me! But I think he had started to feel a drop in his fitness levels.
Before we had kids we both used to attend the gym and hubby often played football in a five a side. After kids we found we wanted to use out free time to be with them so our fitness probably did go down. So his focus as been upping his strength and stamina. Fair play to him he is working hard at it and it does make me think that I should perhaps do some more too. Although at the moment I walk fives miles a day doing the school runs, but in September that will change when I go back to work.
Post workout snacks
The problem hubby has now with all this extra exercise is he’s starving when he finishes. Like I said he’s not overweight so when he’s ridden 20 miles he’s burnt up lots of calories. So we’ve been having a look at different sources of food he could grab when he needs it the most. One of the things his recently tried are these protein cookies which are packed full of Whey protein, making them the ideal source of nutrition to boost him after his workout.
They are convenient and he says they are tasty. I haven’t tried them as they are not gluten free and the one type are not vegetarian. If they were I’d be in there as I love a cookie. The only negative thing he said about them was they were quite soft in texture and he would like more crunch, but he’s a bit of an old school biscuit man than a cookie fan. My only issue I had with them was the amount of sugar but that’s ok if you are exercising. Not to be just munch on as a snack whilst on the sofa!
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Since having kids I’ve been plagued by a bad back. I have put it down to having SPD in my pregnancies, carrying my kids around for far too long. I still carry the four year old sometimes! Staying in one position either sitting or standing for long periods of time. So these Heat Pads came at just the right time to review.
Whatever the reason and to be fair its probably a combination of all of those things. Sometimes my back can have me looking like an old lady and that really shouldn’t be the case at thirty seven. I am not one for reaching for the painkillers so up until now I had often been seen with a hot water bottle shoved down the back of my jumper.
Now I’m getting ready to return to work, that’s not really an option. So these Hotteeze heat pads
I was asked to review may just be the answer when I need some relief to my aching back.
They just stick to your clothing and start to warm up by themselves. It’s just as good at relieving the ache as the hot water bottle was but without the bulk. It claims to provide 12 hours of heat so far I’ve had my first one on for about four hours and it’s still giving me a warming glow at the base of my back.
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Living with coeliac disease two years on
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On the 13th of May I will celebrate two years of being a coeliac. You might think it’s not something to celebrate, but after nearly twenty years of poor health. My journey of recovery with an understanding of my body is worth raising a glass to.
I haven’t always felt like this, when I was first told I possibly had the disease and then later the gastroenterology consultant confirmed it. Bereft is how I would describe my emotional state. Feeling like I was surrounded by the foods I could no longer eat, I emptied my cupboards and looked back at bare spaces.
Every time I walked down the high street, past a bakers I sighed. Each time I watched food adverts on T.V I felt as if I was being taunted.
Slowly, however I started to recover and with that my mind set changed. I am happy now I’ve learnt more about how to cook for myself, my cake baking has become even better than before. I also learnt a lot of coping strategies that help me get through day to day life.
Top tips for Living with Coeliac Disease
- Never be without a snack in your bag, I’ve been to, too many parties now when I haven’t been able to eat a thing.
- Never underestimate the comfort of a stretchy waistband.
- Wear gloves when playing play dough with the kids. I’ve been caught out with it under my nails before.
- Check that people really understand when you say are a coeliac. Most of them don’t, unfortunately.
- Take care of yourself, this one I’m still working on. I try and eat the best I can, try and rest when I need to and try to exercise when I can.
Over this past two years, I’ve had to go through both children being tested, thankfully they don’t have it. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, when people say they might go gluten free. I want to shout WHY? Why would you give up something you don’t have to!
- It’s not good to be on eliminating diets
- It’s way more expensive
- Gluten pizza, doughnuts and puff pastry are so
You can read more of my thoughts about living with coeliac disease on the Wobbly Wellness blog.