Yes! SAD, short for Seasonal Affective Disorder, is real and is caused by the shortened hours of daylight as well as cloudy weather. When days are short it throws off our natural circadian rhythm. It can begin as early as October and last into March or April. SAD affects children and adults alike. The symptoms of SAD can include lethargy, depression, anxiety, and even ADHD behavior.
Michigan is cold, cloudy, and winter drags on forever. The struggle is real! I know firsthand what it’s like to deal with SAD. Light therapy is a natural way to treat the symptoms of SAD. Lights with a power of 10,000 lux mimic the sun. A practice of sitting in front of a light for 30 minutes to an hour in the a.m. can reduce symptoms and increase energy during the winter months.
Below is a link to Amazon – they have some great lights at affordable prices.