As the winter months bring earlier nights and colder days, you may have noticed a change in your mood and feelings. It’s possible that you could suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression brought on by the winter months. SAD affects 1 in 15 people in the UK between September and April, with less sunlight and shorter days being the main cause of the condition.
The symptoms of SAD are similar to those of normal depression, but they only occur in the autumn and winter and usually improve by the spring. Signs that you may be suffering from SAD include:
- Persistent low mood
- Loss of interest in your usual activities
- Feeling irritable, and feelings of guilt & despair
- Low self-esteem
- Feeling anxious and stressed
- Less sociable
- Reduced sex drive
In the worst cases, SAD is treated with UV light therapy and antidepressants. Of course, if you think you have SAD and you’re finding it difficult, you should see your GP, who can recommend the best course of action. However, in milder cases, some small lifestyle changes can be very effective in helping the symptoms. These include eating right, spending more time outside in the sunlight, exercising, and getting a good night’s sleep.
Getting a good nights’ sleep is so important for you mental and physical well-being. A good eight hours leaves you well rested, feeling much better and less tired in the morning and throughout the day. Getting the right amount of sleep also lowers feelings of stress, irritability, and anxiety throughout the day. A lack of sleep may also see you craving starchy or sugary foods for a quick burst of energy. All of these problems caused by a lack of sleep can add to the symptoms of SAD or make them worse.
If you’re having difficulty sleeping, consider a few changes to your routine. Less time spent looking at a screen before sleep is always a good idea, so taking a break from your phone or the TV an hour or so before bed can do wonders. You might also be sleeping on an inappropriate mattress; it might be badly suited to your body and needs, or it could simply be past it’s best and in need of an upgrade.
A better mattress could be one step in many you take to improve your sleep, or the symptoms of SAD. If you’re looking for a new mattress or bed, take a visit to our Ipswich showroom, where a member of our team will be happy to help. Find our showroom and get in touch with us here.
You can find more information and help about Seasonal Affective Disorder here.
Do you know how much sleep your child needs?
The NHS website has some great tips to help ensure that your child gets a good night’s sleep. Don’t forget to also have a browse through our range of children’s beds on our website, or pop to our showroom and see (and try) our ranges.
Finding it hard to sleep?
If you feel you suffer from sleep apnea or any other sleeping disorder it’s advisable to get these checked by your GP. However, following the below tips might help you get some easier shut eye!
Most people need a cup of tea or coffee to actually become a functioning member of society! Remember that coffee releases energy quickly whereas tea releases it gradually. Be mindful of this in the hours leading up to your bed time.
In a world of gadgets we are finding ourselves constantly attached to one form of tech or another. Try and keep away from these devices around an hour before bed so your mind isn’t still plugged in.
Regular exercise has been proven to provide better sleep – this doesn’t mean you have to join a football team just to get some sleep but a few minutes of exercise can make all the difference.
while you sleep you should be getting rest – no digesting that pizza you craved half an hour before bed. Try to cut out eating late at night so your body can really rest.
While we would personally love to nap for hours during the day – it is recommended that you keep it to a maximum of 30 minutes and make sure it’s not too late in the day or evening.
Simple breathing exercises can make all the difference before bed. Deep breathing can calm your thoughts and body as the action is reported to be a naturally calming stimulant for the body.
WRITE THE WOES AWAY
If you have had a particularly hard day and things are still whirring through your head, even after your breathing exercises, write down the things that are bothering you. Getting the thoughts down on paper can help clear your mind from the clutter and assist in your drift to dreamland.
If you are after a better night’s sleep then perhaps a new bed might help? Come and see us on Ransomes Euro Park Ipswich and find your next bed.
We all know we should get a great night’s sleep, but what do we actually need? This great article from the Independent debunks some typical sleep myths.