Oh, Those Wintertime Blues

I don’t know about you, but this year’s time change has really been a difficult one to handle. Leaving work at 5:30 pm with the dark skies and the cold weather makes it seem more like 7:30 pm and by 7:30 pm it feels like midnight. My kids look at me like I’m crazy when I announce, at that 7:30 pm hour that it is time to think about hitting the hay.

When I discuss this with my patients I recognize that I am not alone; there are many people that find the winter months very challenging. In fact, many tell me that they not only feel more tired, they also suffer in the winter months from increased muscle pain and soreness, feeling sad or anxious, fatigue, concentration problems, irritability and feelings of guilt and hopelessness.

Medical researchers studying the topic of those “winter blues,” call it is “seasonal affective disorder” and their findings only reinforce what many of us in the North already know – there just isn’t enough sunshine in our lives. Here are their findings and a link on everything you would ever want to know about Vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin.”