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About 4% of people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or winter depression.
People with SAD may also be at a higher risk of becoming alcoholics.
There are both environmental and genetic reasons for this.

Days become a lot shorter, colder, and darker when we enter into late autumn. It gets even worse when the clocks go back an hour on October 29th.

The gloomy weather can make it harder for many people to get out of bed, be social, and exercise enough.

However, for some people it’s more than just feeling a bit demotivated. According to the AAFP, 4-6% of people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression, which has symptoms such as a persistent low mood, irritability, feelings of despair and worthlessness, lethargy, comfort eating, and weight gain.

The National Health Service website says the most popular theory for SAD is that we don’t get enough sunlight in the autumn and winter months, and this stops the hypothalamus working properly — the part of the brain responsible for hormones.

The brain may produce more melatonin than usual, which is the hormone that makes us feel sleepy. A lack of sunlight …read more


Source:: Businessinsider – Strategy

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