Don't you wish there were more than 24 hours in a day? What would you do with the extra time? If your answer is sleep, I know exactly what you mean. And when you have little ones at home, sleep can be hard to come by. But according to experts, fatigue can lead to a whole host of problems.

Dr. Cindy Reuter, with Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, says she gets lots of complaints from women about being tired this time of the year. She attributes it to our weather and our biological makeup. Women are prone to fatigue for more biological reasons like child bearing, menstruation, and that kind of monthly cycle that they move through, Reuter said. And if you re burning the candle at both ends, she says eventually it will catch up with you. The problem is, we have a battery, and when we run that battery down, there s nothing left, and you have to refill that battery in order to have a body that functions right.

So what can you do to combat fatigue? Reuter suggests you go to bed at a consistent time every night, eat right and exercise. And if none of those things work, it s possible you could have an underlying medical condition, so call your doctor.

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