Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD) is also known as Light Deprivation Syndrome. It occurs especially about this time of year because our bodies are craving the light that eludes us daily.
I know I feel it. I took a walk yesterday, even with the cold wind gusting to about 50 miles per hour to just pull a few photons inÂ through the cloud cover.
I see many patients this time of year who appear to suffer from the same condition. I find it hard to get out of bed to get going and day light savings time doesn’t help.
It isn’t depression. I feel no sadness. It is just a lack of get up and go. It feels like it got up and went.
If you think you’re suffering from the same thing, I suggest that you doÂ what I do. Get up to the mountains or wherever it takes to soak up those sun rays. Our valley has an inversion pattern that makes the winter seem even longer than it is. Getting above the cloud cover helps.
If you can’t travel, then spend as much time outside as possible. You can come to my house if you want. I can put you to work out in the yard. It will give you the sun exposure you need and the lawn and garden help I could use.