• Are you tired? Probably. Roughly one-third of working Americans are sleep deprived, according to a CDC report. But there are some important tweaks you should make in your sleep habits and coffee consumption that can help. Jihan Thompson, Health Editor at O, The Oprah Magazine stopped by Daily Shot to share a few of them.

    Stress

    First, look at the big picture. Work drama, relationships, financial anxiety all cause stress, and stress disrupts sleep. “Being chronically stressed is eventually going to wear you out,” says Jihan. “Get out and do something you enjoy, and that’s going to bring your anxiety levels down, and that means when you get in bed, you’re going to be able to sleep far more soundly.”

    Insomnia

    When people find themselves awake in the middle of the night, they tend to toss and turn and wait for sleep to come. Instead, “try a memory game, or a math equation, or counting back from 300 by threes,” Jihan suggests. When you’re doing basic math you cant think of anything else

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  • On a recent visit, the wonderful Mr. Tim Gunn stopped by to talk with Ali about fashion mistakes. (It's a topic he RARELY addresses, choosing to focus on the positive as much as possible.)

    That said, talk turned to the White House Correspondents dinner, which Ali attends most every year. Tim called it, "The worst [dressed] big event I've ever been to in my life." In honor of this year's White House Correspondent's dinner, happening Saturday night, we give you this delicious conversational nugget which previously ended up on the cutting room floor. To hear what Ali and Tim have to say about "bad taffeta," and "antebellum gowns with hoop skirts," please check out the video!

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  • Anna Chlumsky stopped by to talk about playing Amy Brookheimer, the Vice President’s Chief of Staff on the HBO series VEEP.

    Anna says that she actually got a lot of pointers on the job from Barbara Boxer’s Chief of Staff. Ali, who grew up in DC, said Anna’s portrayal of the character is spot-on, “Constantly on the blackberry, a little frenetic, and your life is gone.”

    Ali also asked about Anna’s background as a child actor, and while you may think “My Girl” was her first role, she actually scored her first job—a modeling gig--at ten months old. In the years after her hit movie, she went to college and then tried some non-acting gigs. She worked in an entry-level job for Zagat guides, which, “was really a step above telemarketing,” and then worked as an editorial assistant in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy division of Harper Collins, where she says she developed her geeky side. “Reading about princesses and mages…the wizardly cover art, it’s pretty fun for a 9-5 job."

    Ali also asked six-month pr

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  • In a special edition of Daily Shot, we tackle personal finance. Did you know that, according to a recent study, only 66 percent of women, compared with 89 percent of men, said they have general investment knowledge regarding stocks, bonds, and mutual funds? So we decided to do our part to even out the knowledge gap. Basic investing is a hard thing to grasp if you, like us, find numbers boring. So we figured that the best way to illustrate the concept was to have three attractive, shirtless men help us explain it.

    We also asked Lauren Lyster, co-host of The Daily Ticker on Yahoo! Finance to help us bring you a segment called ‘Stocks & Bods.’

    First, a simple explanation of some of the basic components of investing: the aforementioned stocks, bonds, and mutual funds…represented in the video above by three attractive, shirtless bachelors.

    See fun behind-the-scenes pics of our Finance Bachelors here!

    STOCKS:

    Stocks have a long history of outperforming most other investments. But stocks

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  • If you think you spoil your pet just because you have matching sweaters… think again. Unless you take your pet pig to a 5-star spa or have a Bark Mitzvah for your dog…YOUR pet is NOT pampered.

    Beth Stern, host of the new Nat Geo Wild show “Spoiled Rotten Pets,” stopped by to show Ali what real pet pampering looks like.

    On her show, Beth visited a couple with two huge pigs named Wilma and Pebbles. Beth told Ali how ‘the girls’ sleep in bed with their owners, they are fed gourmet meals, and they use their snouts to hit a bell when they need to go outside. “I gotta say, their girls were their kids.”

    Beth and her husband, Howard Stern, feel the same way about their pets. “Women fall in love with their husbands when they see them as fathers,” she said. “When I see him with our pets, I fall in love with him even more.”

    Howard gives her plenty of opportunities to fall more in love ever since Walter, the Sterns' rescue cat, came into their lives. One revealing habit, Beth says, is that "you...Read More »

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