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Posted on 01/18/2012, by Jeremy Edsall

Don’t Let the Season Make You Blue

Seasonal Affective Disorder
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.

If you are feeling depressed this time of year you may be suffering from S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder)


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.

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