One of the best things about living in the Midwest is experiencing the seasons changing, which is a really beautiful thing, but many changes happen to your body, especially in the fall. The weather changing interferes with your body and mood and depending on whether you like the warm sunshine or like the cool darkness, can really impact your life in a variety of ways.
Less Light = More Sleep
As we all know the days are shorter in the fall, which means there is less sunshine. When this happens people tend to oversleep, which is very common. Just a couple of days ago you used to wake up to the sun rising and now the sunrise doesn’t come until a couple of hours later. According to a Harvard study, most people sleep an extra 2.7 hours beginning in October and it’s more common to oversleep in the fall than in other months.
There’s such a thing called SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), which is a condition that causes a weather-related type of depression during the fall and winter. It’s very common to feel sad, irritated, or depressed when the temperature starts to fall. Luckily, there’s a simple solution. Just spend about 30 minutes outside when the sun is shining bright–this will help prevent SAD.