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How To Multi-Task While Asleep


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Always wishing there were more hours in the day? Tired of sacrificing your sleep for chores? Laundry piling up? Here are five things you can do while off in dream land:

Snooze Tip #1: Wash a load of clothes while you're getting ready for bed. Then, throw a load into the dryer while you doze off. The repetitive noise may actually lull you to sleep.

Snooze Tip #2: While the thought of falling asleep with anything on the burner is nerve wrecking, rice cookers and crock pots (also known as slow cookers) essentially operate themselves. Add ingredients and spices and take that well-deserved nap. Once the food is done, the cooker shuts itself off. Voila: You awaken to a hearty meal. No fires. No fuss.

Snooze Tip #3: Exfoliate and moisturize. If you don't have time to relax at the spa or hours to spend pampering yourself at home, try beauty products that exfoliate and moisturize your skin overnight. There are products specifically made for this purpose.

Snooze Tip #4: Style your hair. We all remember seeing older women with rollers and that beloved hair net. Well, we're gonna steal their idea, but cheating just a bit. Put heated rollers in the sections of your hair where you want extra body before bed (or a nap). Once you rise, take out the rollers and roll on out the door.

Snooze Tip #5: Run the dishwasher at night. This seems like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how quickly dishes pile up in a busy household. Make it a point to throw dishes into the dishwasher immediately. Buy a dishwasher cleanser that doesn't require you to rinse the dishes first. Then, right before you slide off to bed, flip the on switch.

Tyeese Gaines Reid is a one-woman juggling act: writer, mom, wife and doctor. She is the author of “The Get A Life Campaign, " a pocket guide for busy women who want balance in their lives ( ), on sale now. The Jersey City-native has written for 5-Minute Clinical Consult, Boston Magazine, M. D. News and NBC6 in Miami. Tyeese can be contacted at .

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