February 11, 1990 |
Martha Roderick has never been much of a morning person, and living in Anchorage, where she had to get up one recent Sunday long before the sun finally rose at 9:13, it's sometimes difficult for her to do much more than snarl. Here in Alaska--where length of residency is measured in terms of winters rather than years--the long nights that plunge much of the state into darkness for weeks can manipulate moods and alter body clocks. Alaska winters certainly let Roderick know who is master.
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 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.
November 17, 1997
Gray skies make grumpy people, experts on seasonal affective disorder confirm. "Less hours of sunlight affect the balance of the neurochemistry of the brain," said assistant psychology professor Sheila Grant of Cal State Northridge. And with weather demon El Nino purportedly on the way, Grant and her colleagues anticipate more SAD cases. * EATING, SLEEPING: Symptoms of the disorder, which afflicts an estimated 3% of Americans, are midnight runs to the fridge, moodiness and alienation.
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.
January 15, 2001 |
It's the middle of the afternoon, you've been at work for more than five hours and you can't seem to stay awake, let alone stop yawning or focus on your current task. For many Americans, the scenario is all too familiar. The reasons for such afternoon lulls range from the scientific to the obvious, from clinically diagnosed conditions to simply not having had enough sleep. For whatever reasons, these symptoms also seem more pronounced in the winter. They also can be overcome.