Sunday marks the end of Daylight Savings Time when we turn the clocks 'back' one hour. That means an extra hour of sleep.
But, when it gets darker outside sooner, it can impact our likelihood of developing Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. Research has shown that women tend to suffer from 'SAD' about four times as much as men do, but when men develop symptoms, they tend to be more severe. In addition to longer periods of darkness, the grayness of winter impacts a lot of people too. About 4% of folks will experience 'SAD' during the winter, while another 10% will get the 'winter blues'.
Light therapy works for many people, but if nothing else, just getting yourself outdoors more often can help too. Dr. Scott Bea, Psychologist from Cleveland Clinic, says, "What people do is they stay indoors and so they don’t get ordinary light exposure. One of the problems is we’re not outside enough, even on a cloudy day, if you’re outside for thirty minutes in the morning, you’re going to get enough light exposure and that seems to make a difference.”
Creating social obligations, meeting up with other people or perhaps taking up an exercise program, can be beneficial for your mental health during the colder months.
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