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Are You 'SAD'? What Can You Do About It?

What Is ‘SAD’?

SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder is a depressed state, caused during the dark winter months. Many people to some degree suffer from SAD and if estimates are of any help, almost 11 million Americans suffer from this severe form of winter depression.

Anyone who suffers from this depression may find it difficult to wake up and reach work on time during the winter. More serious symptoms of ‘SAD’ include gaining excessive weight, excessive sleeping, feeling extremely tired and difficulty in concentrating.

How Is It Caused

During the winter, our body receives less sunlight and the shorter days disrupt our internal body clock. A general lack of sunlight means that our brain overproduces the hormone called melatonin, which is linked to depression, and regulates our sleeping pattern. It can also be safely said that the farther north of the equator you live, the greater your chance of developing SAD.

So now you know why you have been feeling excessively blue during the winter. But following a healthy routine where you get enough sunlight in the morning and eat a good diet is how you can beat these blues.

Additionally, you should try massage therapy to promote healthy body function and to enhance your defense mechanisms. Massaging the right points can help stimulate and revitalize your body, which can reduce the effects of SAD.

For more information regarding our massage therapy or chiropractic care for a healthier way of life, contact us at (541) 389-1191.

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