Do you know how to get a good night’s sleep?

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We all know that waking up refreshed, energised and ready to face the day is essential to our health and wellbeing but getting a good night’s sleep is sometimes more complicated than it seems. You may have perfected your ideal sleeping position and invested in luxurious Egyptian-cotton sheets, but a snoring partner, duvet hogger or even needing to get up and dash to the loo can quickly burst your dream bubble.

In fact, recent research from TENA Lady has found that one in six women regularly have their sleep disrupted by night-time visits to the loo, making it difficult to get those much needed ZZZs.

Nothing should hold you back from getting a great night’s sleep – especially not bladder weakness.

That is why TENA Lady has created the Sweet Dreams kit, to make sure you sleep ea-zzz-y and wake up looking and feeling your best every morning.

This handy kit contains the essential items to ensure you’re well rested and ready for the day ahead. Because, let’s face it, who couldn’t do with a little extra beauty sleep?

Relaxing tea

Drinking stimulants such as coffee and alcohol before bed can stop you from drifting off and leave your mind racing faster than the Grand National winner.

Instead, sip your way to sweet dreams by unwinding with a ‘sleep’ tea. Infused with herbs including camomile, lavender and vanilla, it will naturally calm your senses and prepare your mind and body for a night of uninterrupted rest.

I drink far too much coffee and indulge in the occasional tipple too. I am going to drink a relaxing tea before bedtime and see how things change for my sleep patterns.

Bath bomb

Battling the night sweats and throwing off your duvet in frustration can make it hard to get to sleep. A warm, lavender-scented bath before bedtime will help to bring your body temperature down and prepare you for a blissful slumber.

Lavender can calm anxiety and ease insomnia, so why not transport yourself into a state of deep relaxation by soaking your body in loving lavender and essential oils to switch on your sleep mode.

I do love a bath bomb although there may be added night time stress as I battle my daughter for it.

Personalised robe

Who doesn’t love the feeling of coming home and changing into their snuggest sleepwear?

Reclining in your bedroom in a luxurious yet cosy waffle robe will give the sensation of complete comfort and help your body to de-stress as you prepare to wind down for the night ahead.

The robe provided with my name on it by Tena Lady is a delight. It really does make me feel special and I always had an image of me wearing a white dressing gown that never quite came to fruition until now.

Sleep spray

Tired of tossing and turning when you can’t shut down your brain at night? This is a big one for me as I juggle work, home education, pets and housework whilst trying to keep up with friends and family too.

Ensure you effortlessly drift off to the land of nod the moment your head hits the pillow by gently spritzing your sheets with a soothing lavender fragrance – restorative slumber guaranteed.

I love the luxury of a sleep spray something I would not normally have except when I stay in fancy hotels.

Positive mantra bag

Stress can stop you from switching off and leave your mind racing until the early hours.

For a calmer, happier mind, a positive mantra and preparation for next day will help you forget your worries. Pack all you need the night before so you can hit snooze on your alarm a few extra times in the morning – bliss!

I am not great at preparing for my next day but am finding systems do really help reduce stress levels. The bag from Tena Lady is beautiful and says “Hello Gorgeous”. It is daft but this really does make me feel better about myself and my day. Plus it came at the exact time that the plastic bag charges came in so now I can shop in style.

TENA Lady Maxi Night Duo Pack

Frequent trips to the bathroom and worries about leaks at night can stop women getting a good night’s sleep, meaning you may find your energy and confidence levels are lower than usual.

Bladder weakness is more common than you might think – half of women experience it at some point in their lives, with one in six saying it regularly disturbs their sleep.

For extra peace of mind, TENA Lady Maxi Night with Lie Down Protection gives you Triple Protection from leaks, odour and moisture. With additional length and width at the back for extra coverage and security, TENA Lady Maxi Night is specifically designed to give you confidence that lasts all night long.

For added convenience, TENA Lady, manufactured by SCA, has now introduced the new TENA Lady Maxi Night Duo Pack. Boasting twice as many pads as standard packs, the new Duo Pack format means you can catch an extra 40 winks rather than rushing to the shops to restock.

Why not take a look at them for yourself? Free samples can be ordered online at www.tena.co.uk/women

Learning about prefixes and suffixes today was a breeze as both children seemed very confident in this area. My son immediately gave the example of how the prefix “un” changes the meaning of the word “detectable”.

We looked at the prefixes “tele” “auto” and “anti” with the help of a workbook from Marks and Spencer picked up in a local charity shop. I asked the children to define “anti-ageing” “anti-bacterial” and “anti-freeze”.

They both went to town on anti-ageing having heard me rant on about the expense of anti-ageing stuff and how all it does is build up company wealth and continue the myth that women are not good enough as they are. Note to self – must attempt not to brain wash my children.

My son thought “anti-freeze” might be something to help with hypothermia which I thought was a really inspired guess. When I explained it gets used in cars, he was clear that we should not put it in toothpaste.

Learning about prefixes and suffixes went a bit awry when we moved onto suffixes looking at “cian” and “ist”. The world “beautician” came up at which point my son told my daughter that she obviously needed one. At this point, my strong-willed daughter pretty much downed tools and I am learning that is OK because she will come back to things later in the day or week.

Prefix – letters added to the beginning of a word

Suffix – letters added to the end of a word.

They get it! Tick on prefixes and suffixes.

We moved on to the absolute joy of reading Peter Pan and then the less obvious happiness of factors in numeracy.

Learning about prefixes and suffixes gave us a positive start to our home education day with a little bad behaviour from my son but I guess real teachers have to deal with that in classroom settings too.

Do you feel embarrassed when it comes to your intimate health? What if I said it was time to talk about our vaginas, bladders and other bits?

You see I pose that question and already feel a little anxious that you might ask me about mine. I blog in an open and honest way. Some would say I over-share. If I am honest, I know that there are areas I have wanted to blog about and then have not done so through embarrassment. Sometimes I get over that and blog it out anyway but sometimes I fear being judged and do not do so.

Are you concerned about itching, sweating and odour problems? Does the appearance of your vagina worry you? Shall we go into the taboo area of bladder control?

A new study by Vagisil reveals the shocking levels of embarrassment that exist amongst British women about something that’s so important.

I was surprised to learn nearly half (47%) of British women Vagisil spoke to felt embarrassed when the word ‘vagina’ came up in day-to-day conversation. And two in five (39%) women admitted to feeling embarrassed when other people mentioned the word ‘vagina’ to them. I think this is daft. My vagina is part of my body. It does really important stuff. Let’s celebrate that!

Worryingly, more than four in ten (42%) women said they would rather speak about anything else than discuss intimate health issues! It seems that a large percentage of women do not talk to friends and family about their issues and strikingly, nearly one third have never spoken to their GP about an intimate health issue. This means the problem can get worse with women not seeking help on time or at all. Why suffer in silence with painful or uncomfortable health conditions that are usually relatively minor and can clear up quickly with the right treatment?

It seems prudishness and the media have their parts to play in this situation. However, over time society and media portrayals of women’s health issues are changing and in some ways for the better.

Vagisil is on a mission to end the embarrassment that exists around intimate health, and do something about this issue.

From the 2,000 British women Vagisil surveyed, came the following words of encouragement:

• Take a deep breath and tackle it head on
• Acquire knowledge & wisdom
• Act confident & be brave
• Be aware that you are not alone
• Be open & honest
• Remember that doctors have seen it all before

Dr Adelaide Nardone, Gynaecologist & Women’s Health Expert, says “There are easy ways to maintain the health and natural pH of your vagina. Daily feminine hygiene is important – I’d recommend using a gentle wash, wearing cotton underwear, showering promptly after exercise or activities that cause you to perspire, and if you have a concern, try not to self-diagnose, go and see your GP. Remember there’s no need to be embarrassed, we’ve heard it all before!”

Vagisil daily care and treatment products are specially designed to help cleanse, protect and maintain the health of your intimate area. The Vagisil range includes washes, sprays, powders, creams and wipes.

Let’s #endembarrassment, talk about our intimate health and seek help when we need it.

I have received compensation for writing about this campaign

I have a tradition of posting my worst bits of the BritMums Live weekend on my blog. All of this is honest but also some playful points and why not?

1. Trying on dresses and my daughter telling me that one I was considering was “way too short”

2. Trying on more outfits and Him Indoors saying he liked all of them – lovely but unhelpful

3. Attempting not to spill breakfast sarnie down my dress on the way.

4. Finding out my hotel room was on the 5th floor! Have you seen my twisted ankle?

5. The cups at the Montcalm – I like the look but I always get confused and end up spilling my drink.

6. The feat of two pairs of knickers engineering required to hold up my tights. Why are tights always so short?

7. Knowing someone was blanking me – I am not without intelligence.

8. Not getting to speak to enough people – I never do!

9. Missing bloggers who were not able to be there.

10. Not recognising Deliciously Ella when I do really know what she looks like and am a huge fan

11. Not having a pen with me on arrival – unprofessional of me!

12. Not greeting Katy Hill on reception so I could show off the results of her inspiring me to lose weight

13. The pain, hobbling and tubular bandage of the twisted ankle – great timing there Kate!

14. Being assaulted behind my a certain breast friend and others

15. Forgetting my bank card and leaving my money in my suitcase

16. Not talking to brands as much as I would like or should

17. Not having met my target weight for BritMums Live – really got me down in the run-up to the weekend – stupid of me but there it is.

18. Being a good girl and remaining sober throughout in case I fell over again

19. Being known a little too well by the Carry on Camping Team!

20. Too much noise over dinner when I knew great conversations were to be had with fascinating people.

21. Introducing myself as an expert in wet knickers to Carol Smillie of Diary Doll. You really need to check out her pants and you will be ready for anything.

22. Not seeing people I wanted to connect with and seeing them from afar and not being able to get to them in time.

23. Losing my present from my giveaway winner and my BritMums Live bracelet.

24. Getting the wrong end of the stick and fearing I was about to lose a special friend.

25. Forgetting to phone home!

26. Having to accept help in view of the ankle – not a great skill of mine.

27. Not always recognising people – does anyone else struggle with this and nearly always people I am massively fond of too.

28. The usual sidelong glances to try and work out who people are without showing too much interest in their bosoms.

29. A little daunted feeling as Room 3 got fuller and fuller. Felt the fear and did it anyway.

30. Surnames and making a crass comment about psoriasis in one of my sessions. Enough said!

31. Realising I still have not written that book.

32. Wishing wine had labels on them.

33. My phone playing up

34. Being referred to as a wallflower who looked awful, a loser, worthless and wrinkly! You know who you are ladies!

35. Realising I did not look QUITE as good as Caprice.

Fear not! I do have best bits of the weekend – watch this space!

Postscript On point 34, the women who said these things are big supporters so yes in jest and also highlighting how I can be self-deprecating. The comments were said with affection and taken as such and probably would be better listed on my best bits.

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Check out what other people thought about BritMums Live and link up your posts over on BritMums.

I am giving away a free ticket to BritMums Live 2015.

BritMums Live 2015

Be in it to win it!

You can find out all about this exciting event on the BritMums website.

I am guessing you already know about the event but in case you don’t, it is a brilliant coming together of bloggers, social media folks and brands. Think inspirational and celebrity speakers, useful and informative workshops, laughter, learning and lovely food and drink.

In 2012, BritMums Live was the highlight of my year. I was so nervous but I made new friends and one very special one indeed. I laughed and cried. I felt OK and to be honest with all the expectations that society puts on us women that can be a challenge sometimes. Sometimes we deserve some time just for us away from partners, children and other commitments.

In 2013, I returned and worked as a room monitor and on reception. It felt like a school reunion except one where everyone wishes everyone well. I had lost my father the year before and this event helped put me back together again.

In 2014, I was there again laughing, crying and partying with special online and now offline friends.

I decided that I would buy a ticket for BritMums Live 2015 and give it away.

So if you would like to go to BritMums Live and don’t have that golden ticket to this event, email me kateonthinice@gmail.com telling me why you would like it. Do not try to be clever – write from the heart in a way that suits you. Short or long emails welcome. All emails will be treated in confidence.

This is a gift rather than a competition so my decision will be final and based on the email that moves me most.

I will make my decision on 4th June so get your emails to me quickly.

And if you need any more convincing, I bottled a huge blogging event with BritMums in 2011 and regretted it so much. Feel the fear and do it anyway and all that jazz.

Please note this is a gift of a ticket only and you will need to make your own arrangements for childcare, accommodation and travel.

If you read this post, please do share and help me work a little magic for somebody.