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Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome and Nocturnal Humans: Disorder or Nature?

Posted by Mary Jones on Oct 11, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Some time ago,  I posted a theory that the epidemic of sleep disorders comes from the fact that some humans are naturally nocturnal.

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Topics: insomnia, seasonal affective disorder, delayed sleep phase

Soaking Up the Sun

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Jul 23, 2019 8:54:59 AM

Summer months are meant to be spent on the lake, hiking, or enjoying a walk. But, that doesn’t mean that everyone is outside enjoying the sunshine.

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Topics: seasonal affective disorder, exercise, summer, light therapy

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jan 18, 2019 10:03:00 AM

"Winter is coming." For most people throughout the world, these words are generally associated with George R. R. Martin's famous saga  A Game of Thrones. But for us here in Alaska, the words aren't merely a pop-cultural reference, but instead ring a very real truth: the days are getting noticeably shorter, the nights are increasingly longer and colder. Winter is here, but that doesn't mean the winter blues have to come with it.

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Topics: seasonal affective disorder, winter

How moms can fight seasonal affective disorder

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Oct 27, 2017 9:24:32 AM

If the final months of the year get you or one of your family members feeling down, irritable, or low on energy or craving sweet or starchy foods and sleeping more or less than usual, you may experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that’s common in the winter months. There is not one Alaskan that has not had to deal with at least one side affect of these seasonal blues. 

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Topics: seasonal affective disorder, depression, suicide, winter

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Oct 4, 2013 10:00:00 AM

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that some people experience during the winter months when there is less natural sunlight. Like most people with SAD, symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, causing mood swings and zapping your energy.

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Topics: Sleep, sleep disorders, tired, seasonal affective disorder

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