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    Some of us love naps. We need them to function. Sometimes we just get so tired that the toothpicks give out and a snooze is an absolute must. Or we partake in coffee and attempt to delay the inevitable slumber. Naps are a beautiful thing. Or so I thought. Napping is linked to an early death. It can kill us. Die. Dead. Gone. Game over. Adults who nap every day are two and a half times more likely to die before their "time."

    This is the worst news ever. Is this study funded by those who pimp out caffeine? Or one of those energy drinks? I'm a napper. I nap so I can live! Not to die sooner!

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    Once the winter time hits and it's starting to get dark around 4 in the afternoon, I am totally a two cups of coffee a day kind of gal. Otherwise, I'm easily in bed by 8 p.m. tired after four hours of darkness, hiding from the cold temperatures. Turns out, though, that that late-afternoon cup of Joe could really be messing with my sleep. A new study from Michigan's Henry Ford Hospital's Sleep Disorders & Research Center and Wayne State College of Medicine found that caffeine consumed even SIX hours before bedtime can significantly mess with your sleep quantity and quality.

    SIX hours?! So you mean to tell me that I shouldn't have my daily dose of java after 3 p.m. or so? Eeeesh, this is gonna be rough.

    But wait, there's more:

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    Mita Diran was a baby -- just 24 -- when she slipped into a coma this week and died, shortly after spending days awake and relying on something called Thai Red Bull just so she could work more. The Indonesian woman was a copywriter at a major ad agency in her country and proudly Tweeted about her commitment to work in the days and weeks leading up to her death. Her last Tweet, which she sent on December 14, read: "30 hours of working and still going strooong." Hers is the story of a sad, terrible waste of a young, talented life.

    But Mita's work habits are probably not that far off from many of our own. And this heartbreaking story should serve as a wake-up call for some of us.

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    We all know the average adult is supposed to get seven to nine hours of sleep each night, but when things are hectic and you're busy running around trying to put dinner on the table, chasing after kids, and sneaking in some time to catch up on old episodes of Breaking Bad -- that's not ALWAYS an option. However, the harsh reality? Catching enough zzz's helps fight off that icky flu this time of year and keep younger looking skin. Translation: It's sort of necessary.

    Lucky for you, we have tips from sleep expert Dr. David Volpi, founder of Eos Sleep Center, that will guarantee you the best sleep of your life.

    Check out these 5 tricks to your best night's sleep, here:

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    It's never been easy for me to sleep. Even as a baby my mom describes how I'd fret and fuss for reasons seemingly unrelated to gas or teething. My issues with sleep have manifested themselves in million, irksome ways. I've had stretches where even the idea of falling asleep seems impossible. Other times, I'd fall asleep quickly and then wake up at two am, unable to fall back asleep no matter how tired I felt. 

    I'm not alone when it comes to having a tough time of it. Load of other people in this country and beyond have issues with their sleep. We've all heard all of the things we're supposed to do to improve the quality (if not quantity) of our sleep. You know, drink warm milk, take a nice bath. Above all -- stop worrying about it. 

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    A lack of sleep is a serious day-ruiner. Without that necessary shuteye, what I will proclaim as Zombie Syndrome kicks in. You look lifeless. You feel lifeless. And not to mention that without those necessary zzz's, productivity is at an all-time low.

    About four months ago now, I developed a serious sleeping problem that's THANKFULLY gone now. I would lay in bed for hours, frustrated that I couldn't drift off to Never Never Land and just let go of the day that was. Getting four hours or so of sleep a night, tops, I was constantly tired and slightly dizzy. While my sleeping problem was most definitely from anxiety, that's not always the case.

    Check out these 5 reasons why you're not sleeping, and see if you can relate:

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    4 Yoga Poses to Help You Sleep

    posted by Casey Rackham July 29, 2013 at 11:00 AM in Healthy Living
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    I don't know about you, but in my opinion, waiting to drift off to sleep can be seriously annoying. Restless legs and endless streams of worries, please go away: you're not welcome in my bed. I mean, come on, I could be getting a full eight hours of sleep for once (okay, maybe seven)!

    To ease your mind and relax your body, doing a few yoga moves before bed may help you fall asleep quicker. I'm definitely up for doing a few tree poses before bedtime if it means I can drift off into dreamland. And, hey, this counts as my daily workout, right?

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    Jenelle Evans is an interesting character, to say the least. From her whirlwind wedding and those assault charges she filed to her stint in rehab and rekindled romance, the attention-loving Teen Mom star and Twitter fiend has been all over the place the past few months. Which is why it's CRAZY to me that she and I actually have something in common. That something? A seriously annoying health issue.

    A sleeping problem, to be exact. Jenelle recently tweeted a picture of a bottle of melatonin with the caption: "Courtland's suggestion for restless sleep :)." Well let me level with ya here, sister. Believe me, after dealing with a severe sleeping problem for about a month, I know it's frustrating when you can't sleep through the night. The bad news? Melatonin may not do the trick. It didn't for me, anyway.

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    Imagine going to bed and just snoozing off the extra pounds. That's the fantasy American obesity doctor Caroline Apovian of the Boston Medical Center seems to be selling with her new diet, "The Overnight Diet," that will supposedly help you slim while you snooze. Okay, it's not as simple as going all Dorothy Gale, squeezing your eyes shut, and wishing you weighed less. Apovian advises a one week protocol that apparently can help people lose up to two pounds per night. Uh, yeah, suuuuure.

    All right, sure, as crazy as it sounds, I know you still want to know what the plan entails ...

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    Health research makes my brain go bonkers. One second those fancy schmancy science types are telling us that exercising before bed is bad. Now, they're telling us that it doesn't matter one bit. A new study says that it doesn't matter what time you work out, just that you do. According the National Sleep Foundation's 2013 Sleep in America poll, people that work out get a better night's sleep than people who don't, even if they got the same amount of sleep. Hmmm, interesting.

    It makes sense, doesn't it? Exercising is good for you. Sleep is good for you. Getting enough of both, well, that's important. Regardless, I'm done listening to these studies about WHEN is the best time to exercise because all they do is contradict one another. As someone who does it roughly 4 to 5 times per week, I'm gonna tell you that just getting out there and doing it is all that matters.

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