Winter Fatigue and What to do About it
Why do I constantly feel tired and down during winter?
It is an outcome of nature: the shorter hours of daylight and the dearth of sunlight combine to affect your sleeping and waking cycles. We produce more melatonin, which makes us feel sleepier (and even drowsier) than normal, which could be why you find yourself pining for bed earlier than normal. So the first step is to relax- it is happening to all of us, albeit on different scales. On the more extreme end is Seasonal Affective Disorder, a mood disorder that is thought to be experienced by up to 20% of the population. And to a certain extent, we probably all feel the sensation of winter tiredness- how it affects and shapes your life is determined by your response.
Things you can do to combat fatigue and keep energy up throughout winter
- Get out despite the cold and exercise: by getting you out in the sun, you can recoup some vitamin D and the endorphin release that comes with exercise helps increase happiness.
- Consume vitamin D: this vitamin is harder to come by in winter, so we must add it in through the diet. Cold water fish and fortified dairy products are the best ways to do so.
- Use diet- more on this in the future, but there are many energy giving foods that can provide you with a boost to get through the day.
- Fight stress on all fronts: work in some relaxation to your everyday to keep stress at bay.
Use our services at Scorca Chiropractic to boost vitality in the dead of winter
Many of the bullet points above can be aided and optimized by chiropractic treatment. By regulating the nervous system through chiropractic adjustment and addressing the physical manifestations of stress. we help your body find a semblance of stability despite the upheaval of the season. Give our office in Fremont a call to schedule an appointment today!
Dr. Francis Scorca, D.C.
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