The shorter, darker days really become noticeable this time of year. When the clocks change, suddenly it’s not so easy to leap out of bed in the mornings. And, the evenings filled with light and bright possibilities have now become a time for hibernation with the heating on full blast.
While some people positively revel in the winter season, others feel S.A.D. — also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is thought that the lack of natural sunlight may be causing you to feel lethargic, a bit down, irritable, or crave carbohydrates.
The lack of sunlight reduces our body’s production of serotonin (the happy hormone) and increases its production of melatonin (the hormone that induces sleep). As a result, our body clock gets disrupted. So it’s no wonder we can feel a bit moody.
While this disorder is very common and affects more than three million people in the United States, it can also be treated with light therapy (phototherapy), talk therapy, and medications – consult your doctor for advice.
Luckily, there are other ways of making ourselves feel better. Here are our top three tips for beating S.A.D.:
1. Energy Injections – Our Lipotropic injection contains a supercharged blend of nutrients to boost your energy and wellbeing. Follow it up with a vitamin B injection and you’ll ready for activities! This tip has an added bonus of being able to also lose weight. Learn more about the lipotropic portion of our Lipo B injections.
2. Vitamin D3 Supplements – These are something that all of us could benefit from. Apart from a small amount found in food sources, the only way our bodies can get their fix of this vitamin is by producing it after sun exposure. So less sunlight means less vitamin D. I advise taking 5000 mg a day if you suffer from S.A.D. As always, consult your doctor before taking any type of medication, including vitamins.
3. The Great Outdoors – It sounds obvious to say that if lack of light is the problem, then get outside. But how many of us actually make time for this? Be sure to schedule a lunchtime walk to top up your light levels and get a breath of fresh air. Exercise is also an excellent way of boosting the production of that happy hormone, serotonin.
So no more feeling S.A.D! If you want to find out more about the treatments we offer at Wake Health Medical Group, call us today on (919) 554-6754 or book a no obligation consultation here.