While you may not know, the weather can affect your body. Especially when it gets dark early. Such situation is known as SAD or seasonal affective disorder, and it comes with a number of surprising side effects.
Your Chances Of Having A Heart Attack Increases
Ateam of researchers in 2008 in Sweden found that the rate of heart attacks following the first three weekdays after daylight savings time increased by about five percent. This was attributed to people changing their sleeping patterns.
Lack of sleep releases stress hormones which cause inflammation. Inflammation can cause severe complications in people already at risk of having a heart attack.
You May Not Feel As Sharp As You Normally Are
If your brain feels a bit fuzzy during the wet season, it could be that your lack of sunlight is to blame. One survey of 16,800 participants found an association between decreased exposure to sunlight and increased cognitive impairment.
If you arrive at work before the sun rises and leave after it’s gone down, you may want to consider scheduling time to take a walk. Getting just 15 minutes of midday sun could stimulate the neural pathways necessary to get you back in utmost prime mode.
You May Go To Bed Early
When it gets dark early, chances are you will go to bed early because of your Because of your finely tuned circadian rhythm, earlier sunsets will typically cause earlier bedtimes.
And because wake-up times are often fixed by school and work timetables, this tends to mean you will likely spend more time asleep in the months with less daylight than ones with more.
Less Inspiration To Exercise
One study of over 23,000 children showed that longer evening daylight was associated with a small increase in daily physical activity. That means when it gets darker later,
You can stop your laziness to exercise by signing up for an exercise class in advance. That way, you’ll be able to get into the habit before the sun starts setting earlier, and once it does, you’ll feel more inclined to get your money’s worth of a prepaid package.
You’re more susceptible to sadness
Perhaps the underlying factor behind other symptoms related to the change in daylight is that you become susceptible towards depressive behaviour due to minimal exposure to daylight.
A study conducted on rats at the University of Pennsylvania found that feeling blue in winter isn’t only in our heads.
After the rats experienced darkness for six weeks, neurotransmitters involved in transporting dopamine and serotonin (hormones involved in emotion) actually died. This could be an underlying mechanism involved in seasonal blues.