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More than 1 million Americans fight fatigue

If you’re fatigued, you might not be getting enough sleep. Most adults require 7 to 8 hours a night, although some people need as few as 5 hours or as many as 10 to feel well-rested.

Good nutrition, exercise and drinking enough fluids are important for maintaining energy. Eat a well-balanced diet, exercise a minimum of 30 minutes — 3 to 4 times a week — and drink at least 16 to 24 ounces of water in addition to the regular liquids you consume, suggests Dr. Marc Gonchar, a highly rated internist with the Poly Clinic in Seattle.

If getting enough rest or improving your diet doesn’t help, consult a doctor, Gonchar says. Especially when fatigue is accompanied by these 4 symptoms: weight loss, heavy periods or other abnormal bleeding, shortness of breath or chest pains.

Extreme fatigue that lasts for more than 6 consecutive months could be a sign of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which has no cure, affects more than 1 million Americans, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Be sure to discuss any unusual symptoms of fatigue with your primary care physician. He or she can help determine if you also need to see a specialist in sleep medicine. Check the List for highly rated professionals.


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