Entourage Cast Member Offers Hope

TV star Debi Mazar talks about sleep deprivation and how relaxation can restore balance in one’s life.

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When the mother's suffering, the whole house generally tends to not be happy. I think mothers, at the end of the day, are so wound up. I know I create tension in my own home when I don't sleep. I'm agitated, I'm not focused.

Your husband's Italian and you spend time with him there. Do you sleep better in Italy?

I do. We live in Florence, three or four months in the year, five minutes into the hills. It's very relaxing for me and a very good escape. They have those fabulous shutters and walls made of stone. Once you close the shutters, it is so quiet. We're able to take siestas together.

So maybe women can create an Italy in their own minds.

I think it's very important for people to figure out a way to transport themselves. We can't all have the luxury of an Italian place to go to, or to take a vacation. If I hadn't married my husband and have my in-laws there, I would really have to search within myself to find some inner peace, putting daily life behind. I think it's very important for women to sleep, give themselves what they need, take a break, give back to themselves.

Living the good life

What is the best health advice anyone has ever given you?

Always think about taking care of yourself, because health, looks -- the whole package -- won't last forever. The body is sacred and must be treated as such.

What disease or condition would you most like to see eradicated in your lifetime, and why?

Cancer and AIDS. Cancer is very ugly. In terms of AIDS, I've lost approximately half of my wonderful friends to it.

Do you have a personal health philosophy?

A clean life. Trying to remember at the end of the day that it's all about love and family. That's what matters.

If you were recovering in a hospital and you could have anyone, from any era, recovering next to you, who would it be?

Someone I'd have fun with.

Name the first time a health condition altered your daily living.