By Mary Kate Frank

Wish you were still bounding out of bed like you did when you were 22? Who doesn't! But it can be hard to summon all your old verve in the midst of the daily grind.

"The main reason I see for loss of energy in women is that they have too much to do," says Michael Roizen, M.D., chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic and founder of youbeauty.com. "There's a merry-go-round of caring for kids, caring for parents, working and not paying attention to yourself or getting proper sleep."

Sometimes there's a medical cause (like a vitamin deficiency or thyroid disorder) for a lack of energy: If you feel deeply fatigued all the time, schedule a checkup ASAP. But if your sluggishness is just a case of you on overload, the good news is that you can do something about it yourself. Here, Dr. Roizen and other health pros share strategies for putting the pep back in your step.

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Although it's true that you naturally begin to sleep more lightly in your mid-40s -- a result of changes in brain waves as you age -- you can start having trouble catching zzz's much sooner.

"I've got patients who, at age 30, are sleeping like 60-year-olds because of stress," says Michael Breus, Ph.D., author of "The Sleep Doctor's Diet Plan."

A good night's rest is essential to waking up fully energized. Click ahead for a few simple steps to snooze smarter.

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