What is SAD and how to fighi it.

The Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD, or “winter depression”, is a type of depression. The symptoms are triggered by the change in seasons. For most people, SAD will only manifest in autumn/winter months but it is not like that for everybody.

Usually though, as the days grow shorter and the nights get longer, it gets harder to get out of bed in the mornings and have the same amount of energy as in the summer. It is said that the lack of sunlight throws our Circadian rhythm out of sync and that’s why we struggle so much waking up and having energy to do anything. People who suffer with SAD will oversleep and sleep longer than they would in summer and spring. They will have low energy levels, they will feel irritable and experience appetite changes. Due to the lack of sun, our brains don’t produce enough hormones like serotonin and dopamine and we start feeling low.

There are different ways of battling SAD. One of them is to purchase a lamp that recreates natural sunlight. These lamps usually have built-in alarm clocks and they switch the light on before the alarm goes off, to gradually wake us up with simulated sunlight. These lamps usually don’t come cheap but there is variety of choice available now. I have purchased mine on Groupon and it was pretty affordable. I also think that we are talking here about something that could potentially make a massive difference to our wellbeing, therefore it is probably worth an investment. Other ways of battling SAD would be to go outside and try and squeeze in as much natural light exposure as possible by exercising, eating healthy and making sure you get enough sleep.

If you feel like your SAD is having an adverse effect on your life, I would encourage you to visit your GP (Primary Physician) or look into therapy/counselling. It is important to get help if you feel like it’s too much to cope with and you need extra help.

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