Feeling blue all year long? You are not alone


Many people enjoy extra hours of sleep at the end of Daylight Saving Time, but not everyone feels very happy when we enter the holiday season.

The lack of sunlight can have a negative effect on people, which causes Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD).

Some side effects include sleep problems, feelings of depression, and low energy.

"If they have trouble sleeping and waking up, it affects their mood [and] causing fatigue. Insomnia itself can cause a lot of stress in their lives and if patients already have mood disorders or tendencies to develop mood disorders, insomnia can worsen that mood disorder, "said Dr. Avenish Bhar of Navicent Health.

Being sleepy can also cause more eating, which leads to weight gain.

Apart from prescription drugs, there are other ways to try to fight seasonal depression – lighter.

"Sometimes people are prescribed light therapy where they sit in front of the light at the beginning of the day for 30 minutes just to get light exposure," said Bruce Conn, a licensed therapist at Coliseum Medical Centers.

Both doctors say adults need about seven hours of sleep each night to function properly.

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