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Do You Suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Posted on December 20th, 2018   Categories Sleep advice

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.