Daylight Savings and SAD

As the days grow shorter many people are affected by SAD (seasonal affective disorder). SAD is characterized by fatigue, cravings for carbs and melancholy or depression for some. What can one do? First, be sure to get enough vitamin D — a healthy level in the blood is 50-80 ng/mL. Also, consider using a full-spectrum light box in the early morning for at least 20 minutes. This light signals the brain to boost serotonin, which can help dissipate carb cravings. See the Mayo Clinic information on light therapy boxes and choosing an effective and safe product.

Happy winter!

Suzanne Rhodes