What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

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What's Seasonal Affective Disorder and Who does it affect?

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that commonly occurs at the beginning of Fall and lasts throughout the winter. People usually feel moody with less energy due to the time of year that most affects them. It is possible to be affected with SAD during the spring and summer but it is likely uncommon. Try not to ignore the signs if this becomes a regular feeling. We should all be able to look forward to new seasons with happiness and ease.

Here are some key factors that play a part into why you may be suffering from SAD:

The lack of sunlight in the fall/winter causes serotonin levels to drop, which controls your mood and therefore depression sets in. Melatonin imbalances happen when the body isn't able to adjust to the new seasonal time changes and either the lack of sunlight or the prolonged amount of sunlight can lead to poor sleeping patterns. You don't have to go through these months on your own. Take control if you think this is happening to you so that you can have your SAD tool kit ready to go at the start of a new season.

 

Inspir Products that Support SAD:

Most Common Symptoms of SAD in the winter time:

  • Oversleeping
  • Weight gain
  • Tiredness
  • Low Energy
  • Cravings of foods especially high in carbohydrates
  • Isolation

Most Common Symptoms of SAD in the spring/summer:

  • Weight loss 
  • Poor Appetite
  • Agitation or Anxiety
  • Insomnia (Poor Sleeping)

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