Love, pain and snoring. What's the link? Stuff I've been sent to try out recently. Here's how things went.
The product: Auritech Hearing Protectors Sleep
The claim: Sweet dreams without annoying sounds … enjoy an undisturbed night’s sleep particularly if you have a snoring partner. Warning sounds (telephone, crying baby) remain audible so you can still wake up if needed.
The verdict: I liked the little storage tube but neither my husband or I managed to get the earplugs to stay in place long enough to test the claims. ‘Useless,’ said the husband. I wondered if we had the wrong sort of ears.
The product: Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love by Marica Naomi Berger (New World Library)
The claim: 30 minutes a week to the relationship you’ve always wanted.
The verdict: The agenda for the weekly meetings should apparently be: expressing appreciation, co-ordinating chores, planning for good times, addressing problems and challenges. The book is full of annoying American couples (Wendy and Zack, you know who you are), I failed to find any advice on how to deal with snoring – and I’m not sure British couples are ready to set aside half an hour a week for a regular ‘marriage meeting.’
The product: Pain Reliever Disposable TENS from Lloyds Pharmacy rrp £6.99
The claim: Good for people who need pain relief from sports injuries or for those who suffer from joint pain as a result of a long-term condition.
The verdict: Husband – who suffers from chronic neck and shoulder pain – gave it a try. ‘Useless, he said. I wondered if he had the wrong sort of pain.
I also pointed out that Lloyds pharmacy offer a free pain assessment service to help people manage their pain better. By then he was asleep – and snoring.