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    Whether you’re trying to lose weight, get strong, or just want to feel better, there’s one healthy habit most moms are missing. Even when you’re working out consistently and watching what you eat, skimping on sleep can derail all your good intentions.

    Yes, it's true. Sleep is the one thing all humans need to survive, and it can be the answer to lasting good health. Perhaps you remember it from your pre-kids days? It’s that activity that lasted beyond six in the morning on the weekend. 

    In case you need convincing that sleep should be a priority for you, here are four reasons sleep is so vital, as well as practical tips on getting more -- and better -- sleep.

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    A nap definitely does a body good. This is something even busy urban professionals have realized. That's why, more and more often, you'll find professional napping salons popping up all over the globe! You can usually find them in popular airports or in the city-centers of places like New York and London. We're all workaholics, but we all can acknowledge that closing our eyes for even 20 minutes or so can make all the difference in the world.

    But what if you can't afford to shell out big bucks to get your nap on? What if your 20 minutes happens to fall whenever your baby passes out for his afternoon nap or while you're waiting for the drier to finish up? Yeah. It's not exactly feasible that we'll be able to "pop out" and get our professionally managed expert nap on, is it? But that doesn't mean you can't turn your home into a heavenly oasis of calm -- for 20 minutes at least!

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    I am the queen of memory glitches lately. The other day I was running late, furiously searching everywhere for my iPhone ... when it rang in my handbag ... which was on my shoulder ... and my iPhone was right on top. It wasn’t buried under a mountain of crap for once. It was right there. I looked at it, dripping with sweat and frustration, and laughed. I convinced myself my toddler must have stolen it or, in one of my weaker moments, that it was conspiring against me to get me fired. It was surely anywhere but where it was supposed to be.

    To take charge of my raging case of mommy brain, I rounded up experts who are much smarter than I am for some excellent advice to boost brain power and function. Now all I have to do is remember these tips:

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    The following is a post from our sponsor, Simple.

    I feel like I’ve been on auto-pilot most of my life as a mom. I’ve had things so meticulously scheduled that I could get a boy to his baseball practice and his sister to her tutor, in opposite directions, within minutes of each other. I’ve had a chicken breast baking in the oven while watching a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ceremony at school. I’ve juggled jobs and sports and homework and done it all while trying to be the best mother and wife I can be. I’ve done okay, I know I have, but along the way, I haven’t always taken as good care of myself as I should have.

    My structured little life was full of way too much stress. I hate to admit that simply spinning around in circles or rushing from activity to activity would wreak havoc in my heart. That it would make my pulse pound faster than my spinning head and that maybe, just maybe, I should take a break.

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    We had so much fun talking with dream expert and author Lauri Loewenberg about what your husband's nightmares could reveal that we decided to try something new. We asked her to analyze some of the wildest, weirdest dreams we've ever heard about. We could do this all day, all the time. Seriously. It's endlessly fascinating. But we had to limit ourselves here to three (for now!). Hopefully, there's something everyone can take from these three odd dreams.

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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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