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WIN 2017

Spirit of Women magazine is a national publication presented to women by hospitals and their physicians. The magazine provides up-to-date, evidence-based healthcare information and promotes our hospitals as leaders in women's health excellence.

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© 2017 Relevate Health Group Inc. All rights reserved. Do you feel fatigued during times of the day when you used to have energy? Do you feel like you need that midday coffee in order to make it through the entire workday? More than likely you are not getting adequate sleep each night. Sleep is an integral, and arguably the most important, part of the Big Three—eating healthfully, exercising, and getting enough sleep. Adequate sleep can also lower your risk for certain diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, just to name a couple. It is important to realize that being fatigued is NOT normal and can be a sign of other conditions such as sleep apnea. Here are some things to try on your own: n Maintain a regular bedtime and wakeup schedule. n Create a sleep environment that is relaxing, dark, and cool. n Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol close to bedtime. n Establish a relaxing bedtime routine. If you feel like you are doing all you can to get a full night's sleep, discuss your symptoms with your physician to ensure that you don't have an underlying health condition.

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