Are you “SAD”? Guess what? You’re not alone. More than a half a million Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder otherwise known as the “winter blues”.
This time of year we band together as Midwesterner’s counting the days until spring. We’ve spent the past several months cooped up or having cabin fever. During these colder, darker days, some may begin to experience such intense feelings as fatigue, lethargy, weight gain or even depression. Others have increased anxiety, tendencies to oversleep or experience loss of energy. This is a condition is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder.
SAD is a seasonal type of depression which is brought on by the change in the amount of daylight we are exposed to and the fluctuations in temperatures caused by the four seasons that we have here in the Midwest.
Typically the symptoms come and go around the same time each year. Some of these symptoms include the following:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Decreased energy levels
- Fatigue and drowsy during the daytime
- Feeling irritable, anxious, sad, or grumpy
- Change in appetite, especially craving sweet or starchy foods
Experts are not entirely sure what causes Seasonal Affective Disorder however during these darker times of the year, our body is getting less daylight or natural light causing changes in moods and energy levels due to the lack of serotonin in the brain.
How can we combat this? One simple solution is adding more natural light to your life. The Solatube Daylighting Device is an affordable way to do just this. These state of the art tubular skylights capture the sun’s rays early in the morning even during the winter months when the sun is low on the horizon. Its reflective panel and patented lens technology direct the sunlight down the reflective tubing dispersing clear, bright, and natural daylight to any feasible space in your home.
Natural daylight in a home or workplace has been proven to improve cognition, better school performance, and higher productivity in the workplace. The Solatube Daylighting Device is one way for us Midwesterner’s to fight back against winter and push through to spring feeling less anxious or grumpy and with greater energy and spirit!
By: Katy Radcliff