Sad Season?

Posted: 12/22/2011 in Insurance News

Don’t Let the Season Make You Blue: Many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the winter months. This is a recurring depression that subsides in spring and summer. The cause of SAD is unknown; however, experts suspect that an increased level of melatonin in the blood could be the main contributing factor. Melatonin increases the need and desire to sleep, which is more readily produced when it is colder and darker outside. With less daylight, the biological clock that regulates mood, sleep and hormones in the body are also delayed and run more slowly in the winter.

Thinking that you or a loved one is suffering from SAD? Here are some of the most common symptoms:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Low energy and fatigue
  • Decreased interest in daily activities
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Increased appetite and weight gain
  • Cravings for carbohydrates
  • Increased sleep and more daytime drowsiness
  • Loss of interest in sexual intercourse

To relieve the symptoms of SAD, experts recommend increasing the amount of light that is in your home by opening the shades, trimming trees around windows and adding skylights. It is also helpful to get outside and take a walk on a sunny day, even when temperatures are chilly. In addition, incorporate exercise into your daily routine to relieve stress, find ways to relax and take a vacation to somewhere sunny.