Do You Have the Winter Blues?
We have reached the time of year where the nighttime outweighs the daytime. While we may receive a splinter of sunshine during daylight hours, we are frequently greeted by the grey skies that give the Pacific Northwest its renowned reputation for being dreary and wet. Yes, winter is fast approaching.
It comes as no surprise that less light impacts how our bodies function. For some, this impact is more profound than for others. Recent estimates show that nearly 10 million Americans experience what has become known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, during the late fall through the winter season. The disorder presents as a series of depressive episodes and, while there is no known cause, it is believed to be the result of increased melatonin production or a vitamin D deficiency – both occurrences which can be attributed to the reduced amount of sunlight this time of year.
There are several approaches one may try individually, or combine, to alleviate their symptoms. Many randomized control trials have demonstrated that receiving a schedule of acupuncture throughout the season is just as effective as most of the prescribed antidepressant medications. In combination with short, daily exposures to a light therapy device, the likelihood that symptoms will improve is likely to occur in a much sooner. Introducing a Vitamin D supplement, with magnesium and calcium supplements may further correct any internal imbalance that has led to your symptoms.
A free consultation can give you a deeper understanding of how these approaches work individually or together to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder. Be sure to ask us about our Vitamin D and Magnesium supplements.