It’s common during the winter months to feel agitated, socially withdrawn, less energetic, and increasingly depressed. Daylight hours decrease as the winter goes on, making it more difficult to fall asleep and wake up in the morning. This can lead to oversleeping, yet never truly feeling rested. These symptoms can be cumbersome but may actually be indicative of an underlying condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
SAD is recognized by the Mayo Clinic as a “type of depression that's related to changes in seasons”. Factors that contribute to the disorder include disruption of your biological clock (circadian rhythm), serotonin levels, and melatonin levels – all of which are influenced by sunlight.
There are safe and widely accepted treatment options available to combat these debilitating symptoms that don’t involve medications. Light therapy is now considered a first line of treatment and is available in the comfort of your home. The full spectrum white light that is emitted from Philips Hue Smart Bulbs is a simple and convenient option.
As for feeling rested, getting out of bed can be made easier when you use a light alarm. The gradual increase of brightness gently lifts you into a lighter sleep cycle, which allows you to start your day more alert. Any regular light fixture can turn into a colored sunrise simulation alarm by using Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Smart Bulbs with the Sunrise & Shine app.
This small shift in your daily routine can help get you out of the winter blues and back to feeling like yourself again.