Many adults struggle with sleep throughout their lifetime. Whether it’s a stressful day, a pulled muscle, or an aching back; a bad night’s sleep can lead to a lack of positive wellbeing. Getting those forty winks has never been more important, with a lack of sleep often leading to physical and mental health problems.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
condition that affects roughly 1 in 15 people in the UK every year between September and April. It is believed that SAD is caused by the lack of sunlight and vitamin D during autumn/winter months, which causes problems with our circadian rhythm and affects the production of melatonin and serotonin.
Typical symptoms of SAD are similar to that of depression and include greatly reduced mood and a decreased ability to perform everyday tasks.
I have an under active thyroid and know all too well the
importance of vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to a variety of different health problems from depression to cancer. One of the downsides to under active thyroid is the inability to absorb/metabolise a variety of vitamins, including vitamin D. Since being diagnosed I have found that I quite often need to nap in the day and get an earlier night than I would normally have had.
almost as if it is in protest of the expected drop in temperature and darker mornings. My joints get a little stiffer, and my body temperature is already quite low due to my thyroid and I find it is struggle to get up and do things when I am feeling colder. It can make me feel lazy which often makes me feel more tired and grumpy.
caused by SAD in that there are a number of treatments which can help you to combat the symptoms. These include;
situations. It is based on the idea that the way we think and behave can affect the way that we feel. CBT can involve talking to a trained therapist, self-help programmes, group meetings or computer based sessions.
nearer windows, getting more exercise and eating a healthier balanced diet.
After the birth of my two children it was impossible to get a good night’s sleep. We had a double bed in our room, maximum occupancy you would assume two but nope our two little darlings started joining us we decided it was obviously much cosier to sleep cuddled up to mum and dad.
better and had the room we needed to stretch out in comfort without fear of pushing one of the kids out of bed! But the biggest difference I noticed was definitely to my mood. As my husband would agree, I can get irritable when I don’t get enough sleep or when I am hungry – hangry! Since having the super king
mattress it really has made a world of difference to our sleep routine, I look forward now to jumping into my big bed and curling up or stretching out. Sleep really does help you to combat the winter blues!
the right mattress. The right pillow will ensure the best neck support and let your body settle into its most comfortable sleeping position. I suffer with neck ache as I tend to carry a lot of stress and anxiety in my neck and shoulders, I find that the best solution for me is a good massage as well as supportive pillows. Not only do I have a travel neck support cushion but I also have a deep shiatsu massager and supportive pillow in my bed. All of these help to banish neck pain, snoring and even insomnia. Tempur offer two different collections with a range of pillows to accommodate a variety of preferences and sleeping positions.
Tips for those struggling with SAD
- Make sure you are getting enough sleep every night
- Take naps if you need to
- Go for a walk and get some fresh air, exercise is very effective in creating a more positive mood
- Talk to people if you are struggling, whether it be a friend or your doctor
- Invest in good quality mattress and pillows
to hear how you manage your symptoms. Please leave your comments below.