Winter is here and the days are SO, SO short. However, that doesn't mean that the winter blues have to come with it. We only have nine days left until Winter Solstice. Just hang in there!
Only 6% of the U.S. population suffers from seasonal affective disorder (SAD); but the entire group must be in Alaska. S.A.D. is a type of depression characterized by its recurrence around the same time every year. While a small percentage of people afflicted with SAD show symptoms in the spring or early summer, the majority of people with SAD begin to show mild symptoms in the fall, which gradually become more severe as the season progresses, and then begins to subside around the onset of spring. The prevalence of SAD is also higher among the northernmost states where winter months are darker, colder, and last longer.
Some time ago, I posted a theory that the epidemic of sleep disorders comes from the fact that some humans are naturally nocturnal.
About six months after forming that theory, I once again fell into patterns of sleep that could be deemed “normal” – I went to bed around 9:00 or 9:30 at night and got up at 6:00 every morning.