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Ever feel you're not cut out for dark wintery mornings and short afternoons? Over the course of the season, most of us will feel occasionally fed up with the lack of sunshine, but if it really starts to get you down in a way that affects how you feel most of the time, then there's a chance you'll be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder rather than a mild case of the winter blues. Apart from feeling generally down in the mouth, symptoms may include sleeping much more than normal, feeling low in energy and craving sweets and starchy food. In severe cases this can amount to a serious depressive condition, and hospitalisation is not uncommon. However, the good news is that a range of treatments have been shown to be effective in at least keeping the symptoms at a manageable level.
These include light therapy, often involving exposure to bright light sources at particular times of day - such as when waking up. There are a number of domestic appliances, such as alarm clocks, that use this approach to good effect. Another approach involves ionizing air - and similarly, there is relatively inexpensive equipment available to achieve this at home.
If you feel that the time of year is getting you down, it may well be worth trying either or both of these approaches to cheer you up.