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November 4, 2010

We've heard the excuse from a slew of celebrities who take a break from the spotlight, claiming "exhaustion" is the reason for their troubles. But in some cases, (sorry, not you Lindsay Lohan) it could actually be true.

According to Time, The World Health Organization says medical exhaustion is a real consequence of various conditions, including heat, pregnancy, overexertion and combat.

And a Chicago Tribune article stated exhaustion can occur as a result of overwork. Some doctors say that chronic sleep loss and overwork can contribute to both long-term and acute health problems, including depression, heart disease and gastrointestinal distress.

"Americans have more sleep loss and longer work schedules than residents of most other industrialized countries, and both factors can lead to physical and emotional collapse," Dr. Eve Van Cauter, a sleep researcher and professor of medicine at the University of Chicago told the Tribune.

Psychiatrist Judith Orloff, who frequently treats exhausted celebs added, "exhaustion can also lead to low serotonin, which causes depression, anxiety and insomnia" noting that this is "not accurate if the real diagnosis is drug or alcohol intoxication or overdose."

The cure for exhaustion is, simply, more rest. You can take at least a weekend off to sleep, or if you are experiencing extreme health symptoms, consult a doctor.

You should also be getting regular and adequate sleep each night.
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