In the fall of every year, we get a one hour bonus as we transition from daylight savings time to standard time. This always confuses me. Does it mean that it’s darker when we get up in the morning, or darker at the end of the day? Actually, most people just think of this as “one extra hour of sleep!” ahhh…..lovely! But it really means that it’s light earlier in the morning and dark when we drive home from work.
This time change each fall signals the approach of winter. While winter days can be clear and bright even with fewer hours of daylight, a large percentage of days can be dull, gloomy, and grey with rain, snow, sleet, and slush. Many people in northern climates suffer from S.A.D., which is an acronym for Seasonal Affective Disorder.
S.A.D. is a condition which is nearly non-existent in southern states like Florida but which increases dramatically in the states located in the northern half of the USA. People feel depressed, lethargic, and often want to sleep. This comes from our winter “hibernation” instinct.
S.A.D. is a legitimate medical diagnosis and can be treated in a variety of ways. Sometimes medications are appropriate, but most people can improve by getting more natural daylight or by using a “Happy Light”. At the Home Environment Center, we sell two models of intense light therapy Happy Lights.
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