• Elisa Nuevo Vallín

Does The Dark Make You Sad?

Updated: Apr 7

Here at Deaf Umbrella we are all noticing the change in season. Mornings a little darker, cardigans replaced with coats, scarves at the ready. What we have also noticed is that the change of season can make you feel sad when autumn arrives; it’s a common feeling is it not? Did you know that this feeling has a scientific explanation?

Fatigue, bad mood, lack of sleep and even sexual desire are some of the consequences of the season of the leaves.

Known as "autumnal asthenia", it's a seasonal syndrome that can go away in 5 or 6 days... but there are many people who find it really hurts their emotional state. This can also be called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. People feel worse on the short days in the winter and best on long days in the summer.

When summer ends, and the sunlight hours become shorter and cold arrives peoples biological clocks run slow causing delays in the body’s rhythms, longer nights extend the time when the brain releases melatonin, a hormone that helps keep you asleep.

In Sweden where the daylight hours are short in the winter people still function, school runs, work, walks or concerts all in the dark. To combat the effects of autumnal asthenia they have festivals of light and often decorate the towns and villages in light to brighten moods.

Although in many countries the change of season is very gradual, the organism finds troubles to suit the change.

Saying goodbye to the season of light; sometimes it's not easy to do, isn't it? What are your tips to emerge stronger from the change?

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