Women's Health (South Africa) - - DISCUSS! -

Think sea­sonal af­fec­tive disor­der (SAD) and your mind goes to win­ter, but there’s also a sum­mer ver­sion. Both are caused by sea­sonal changes (in this case, light and heat) that can dis­rupt the in­ter­nal clock re­spon­si­ble for your sleep and hor­mones. If light’s your is­sue, stay in­side as much as you can or try to force your body into a strict pat­tern: a half hour of light each morn­ing (around 6:30 am) and a con­sis­tent bed­time. For heat, crank the AC and take cool show­ers. Since SAD is an­nual, see your doc next spring to ask how to treat your blues proac­tively.

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