We’ve all heard of the winter blues; with fewer hours of daylight we find ourselves putting on a few extra pounds and staring in disbelief at our alarm clocks – surely it can’t be time to get up when it’s still pitch black outside?
As we enter the winter months the days will only feel shorter, so we’re helping you fight back against winter blues and take a stand against Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
What is SAD?
It’s estimated that around 2 million people in the UK suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Most prevalent in December, January and February SAD is caused by a biochemical imbalance and a lack of bright light in autumn and winter months. SAD is more common in women than men and symptoms are most likely to develop in people aged 18 to 30.
What are the symptoms of SAD?
Those affected by SAD will often feel depressed, find themselves over-eating, have disrupted sleep or feelings of restlessness and irritability as well as finding it difficult to concentrate. For many, symptoms are mild, but for some the feelings of depression can be hugely disabling.
Top Tips for Tackling SAD
It’s not easy getting up for work at the best of times, but when it’s a cold and dark winter’s morning, it’s even harder! Body Clock Starters are great for regulating sleep patterns and boosting energy levels. The cleverly designed clocks grow gradually brighter over a 30 minute period to wake you up with the effect of a natural sunrise. The gentle lightening effect prompts the body to reduce the production of sleep hormones and increase production of wake up hormones. Also The 30 minute sunset option has the opposite and helps you unwind naturally – perfect for those who work shifts.
Light therapy is widely considered the most effective means of treating serious cases of SAD. Most SAD sufferers need to have their eyes exposed to light at least 2,500 lux – which is five times brighter than a well-lit office – for at least 30 minutes a day. The Life Max SAD Therapy Light simulates daylight, combating the effects of SAD and jetlag.
It’s also important to stick to a regular sleep routine and to make your bedroom a sanctuary for slumber. A supportive pillow and mattress are hugely important for a great night’s sleep. Teaming this with natural bedding products such as wool, which helps to lower your heart rate and keep your body temperature regulated, will result in uninterrupted, relaxed sleep.