April 8, 2013 |
In the category of “high-class problems,” having a show whose return is anticipated so feverishly that it's inevitably going to be something of a letdown is pretty near the top of the list, but that's the cross that Matt Weiner, creator of “Mad Men,” has to bear after Sunday's slow-moving, two-hour-plus season premiere, "The Doorway. " Things almost always get off to a slow start on this show, as if Weiner knows our brains might explode if too much happens right out of the gate, but even by those standards “The Doorway” was, until the last few minutes, a notably and, I think, willfully uneventful episode.
December 15, 2010 |
If you’re feeling just a little depressed and lethargic this time of year, go ahead and blame the universe – specifically the sun. The cause may be seasonal affective disorder, which ties the blahs to waning winter sunlight. SAD, as it's called, usually affects people who live in northern states where days are short and darker during winter months. This HealthKey article lists symptoms as: "… Oversleeping, daytime fatigue, carbohydrate craving and weight gain as signs of SAD, as well as symptoms of generalized depression, such as decreased sexual interest, lethargy, hopelessness, suicidal thoughts and loss of interest in your normal activities.
March 4, 2010 |
Since she was hired two years ago as a medical assistant, Jennifer Simonsis has come to an agreement with her employer: During the winter, she gets time off to see her doctor, frequent breaks and help in setting up a light-therapy lamp at her desk. Simonsis gets workplace accommodations for seasonal affective disorder, or SAD -- depression triggered by limited daylight in winter. Pointing to a federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against the disabled, some SAD sufferers say they are entitled to schedule changes, access to windows and other modifications.
May 28, 2007 |
SUNSHINE and warm weather aren't for everyone. Take 30-year-old Saskia Smith, an illustrator who works part time in the billing department of a legal firm. She spent most of last summer's dog days prone in bed with the velvet drapes in her Mid-City apartment pulled tightly shut. "Other times of year, I'm basically an upbeat person," Smith says. "But when summer hits, it's like I'm operating on a low battery. Last summer, I had no desire to eat, I lost 15 pounds, I had anxiety attacks and I stopped seeing any of my friends.
March 5, 2007 |
Daylight saving time begins three weeks earlier this year and lasts one week longer -- welcome news for people who relish the extra afternoon light to garden, ride a bicycle, walk the dog or just take out the trash when they can still see the curb. But the extension, which begins Sunday, could actually make millions of Americans feel less sunny.
December 18, 2005 |
Lloyd Leavitt shrugs off the subzero freeze that blankets the Arctic town of Barrow each winter. It's the weeks of endless night that get to him, filling him with insatiable cravings for carbs, sleep and natural light. "There comes a time when you don't know if it's morning or evening. You get confused," said Leavitt, who has lived all his 49 years in the nation's highest-latitude community. Leavitt has plenty of company when it comes to dealing with Alaska's dark side.