How Daylight Changes Affect Mental Health

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It may have seemed like a dream come true gaining an extra hour of sleep over the weekend. But academic research shows that losing an hour of daylight can be linked to negative effects on both the mind and body. The change in time can lead to disturbed sleep patterns, seasonal depression and obesity. Those who are already prone to depression are encouraged to contact their Orange County psychiatrist.

Even when the clocks change by only an hour, circadian misalignment can occur. This is the difference between the timing of someone’s natural internal clock and their required work schedule. Circadian misalignment can increase a person’s risk of mood disorders, diabetes and even cardiovascular disease.

The reduction in accessible daylight hours in the fall and winter can lead to obesity and chronic illness. Also, the lack of sunlight is not good for someone who is prone to depression. Just being aware of these risks can help you be proactive in preventing physical and mental illness. Eat healthy foods, aim for 30 minutes of exercise per day, invest in extra bright white fluorescent bulbs and consider sessions at a counseling center.