S.A.D Effects millions of people, its not “all in your mind” well, actually it is! Read on....
Our sleep cycle works on what’s called the circadian rhythm. The Sleep Wake cycle. With less light, our brains produce more melatonin, this hormone makes us sleepy. Also this time of year our brains produce less dopamine, the “feel good hormone” so our mood drops. This effect (temperature drops don’t help either) is what gives us the S.A.D disorder.
What to do?
1. Understand that its natural to slow down a bit over winter, likely our ancestors needed to with less food available.
2. Keep Protien high, the body craves carbs during this process, eating too many, especially simple ones, these are where you gain weight and that slows you down further.
3. SAD lamps. We recommend these, they really do seem to help.
4. Get out more, brisk walks in the daytime help with exercise, weight loss, vitamin D and slows down the production of melatonin.