It’s that time of year again – we make a beeline for the couch and comfort food when the temperature dips to ward off the winter blues. For some, with winter come feelings of depression, fatigue, irritability and poor sleep.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a genuine clinical condition believed to be caused by decreased light exposure in winter. SAD isn’t very common in Australia – we don’t have the long winter nights and subzero emperatures found in other parts of the world like north America and Europe – but is does occur and causes significant distress. Estimates suggest that around one in 300 Australians experience SAD during winter.