Winter survival!

02.02.2018

Did you know that there is a medical reason why some people get really low in the winter? It’s called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. This condition affects 2 million people in the UK and 12 million across Northern Europe. Living far from the Equator seems to have an effect, possibly due to the decrease in sunlight during the winter months.

More females than men suffer from SAD; younger women are more likely to have it than older women especially if there’s a family history.

SAD is a type of depression which can make you feel lethargic and want to sleep longer, make you want to over-eat, especially carbs hence weight gain, you may feel irritable and can’t be bothered to socialise with friends or family!

The reason that some people suffer from SAD is thought to be because of a decrease in the level of sunlight which can disrupt your body’s internal clock causing depression. There is also a decrease in serotonin levels which is a brain chemical which affects our mood and also a disruption in melatonin levels which affects our sleep pattern and moods.

So, what can we do?

Tips to stay warm this winter

It will soon be gone people, we’re on the home run to Spring and then we can moan about it being too hot!!!!

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