Time change favors winter depression

Time change favors winter depression

The time change this coming weekend favors winter depression, sleep problems and fatigue.

According to a survey by the German Salaried Health Insurance Fund (DAK), women in particular often react to the time change taking place next weekend with winter depression. Every second woman reacts with tiredness, headache and poor concentration. According to the DAK, women in particular are affected by this.

Time change next weekend
On the coming weekend (Saturday to Sunday) the time will be set back one hour. The time change takes place at 3 a.m. in the morning. Then the clock is set back one hour (from 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.). With the change of time, the time of winter is heralded. For shift workers, this means working an hour longer. For late risers, this means being able to sleep an hour longer. However, the time change mainly affects people who usually get up early. You then often have to struggle with physical symptoms during the time change. The background of the complaints is a disturbance of the internal biorhythm. By changing the time this gets out of balance. The increasing darkness in winter also promotes dejection and depressive episodes.

View of naturopathy
From the point of view of naturopathy, concentration and sleep disorders, general irritability, inner restlessness, fatigue and other, more general symptoms, are associated with problems related to the clock change. That is why the topic of the time change is still controversial among doctors and alternative practitioners. This is why many health experts consider the time change unnecessary and stressful for the human body. Statistically, it should be proven that the intake of so-called antidepressants and sleeping pills temporarily increase in this time window. Naturopathy offers alternatives in the form of substances such as St. John's wort, valerian, lemon balm, and others. In addition, measures such as exercise and activities in the fresh air can lead to healthy exhaustion in the evening, which can possibly have a positive effect on sleep. Other experts advise you to "bring up" sleep in order to alleviate so-called "mini jetlag". Alexander Blau from the Interdisciplinary Sleep Medicine Center of the Berlin Charité advises patients to eat light meals, ensure sufficient exercise during the day and enjoy plenty of sunlight.

Women in particular react with complaints According to the DAK, women in particular react with complaints to the time change. Around a quarter of the respondents said they were depressed for several days and had trouble falling asleep. Only 13 percent of the men said that they also suffered from the change in time. It is still unclear why there are differences here. However, it is likely that men will be reluctant to admit that they also have somatic responses to the change.

Winter depression often also due to the time change The time change also favors that it gets dark an hour earlier in the evening. But since most people are bound to the same time sequence through work, everyday life and training, the darkness they experience in the morning and in the evening leads to so-called winter depression. Many go to work in the dark in the morning and return from work in the dark in the evening. This has a noticeable effect on the mind in many people. In this context, doctors speak of "Seasonally Dependent Depression" (SAD). Due to the lack of sunlight, the body produces less serotonin. The hormone is responsible for people's positive mood. In contrast, melatonin levels rise due to darkness. This hormone is responsible for controlling sleep. That is why many people complain of increasing or chronic fatigue in winter.

Countering winter depression with light and colors
Light, exercise in the fresh air and natural home remedies for winter depression are helpful for winter depression. In order to stimulate the hormone production of serotonin, it is especially important to spend a lot of time in the fresh air with plenty of sunlight. Warm and cheerful colors can partially replace the lack of sunlight in your own four walls, be it as a piece of (photo) wallpaper, in the form of bed linen or colorful curtains. In health food stores and health food stores, you can buy bath products in your favorite colors and color the bath water as you wish. Domestic color therapy can also be used in the kitchen. You can read more stimulating and mitigating tips in our article "Home remedies for winter depression". (sb, October 27, 2010)

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