Seasonal Affective Disorder a concern with changing daylight

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Now that Daylight Saving Time is over, it's a "Sad" time, or as the experts say, it's Seasonal Affective Disorder.

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With less sunlight each day, it's harder for some people to get the right amount of Vitamin D in our bodies.

Dr. Srivani Sridhar of SwedishAmerican Health says, "Usually we get it through natural sunlight, our skin converts the sun rays. As fall comes or as winter comes, they start to feel more winter blues, depressed or sad, not having the same amount of excitement or motivation."

Doctors say S.A.D. affects ten million Americans, especially those who live far from the equator, where the winter daylight hours are very short. People between ages 15 to 55 are most at risk.

Doctors say symptoms include the increased need for sleep, an increase in appetite, (especially for sweet or starchy foods), and excessive fatigue. In serious cases, disinterest in work and relationships may occur, but there are activities to do to feel better.

Getting outside, even for a little bit is a good idea when it's not dangerously cold. The fresh air can do wonders. Going to bed at the same time each night and getting enough sleep, avoiding blue light by turning off cell phones and computers, and getting fresh air can all help, as well.

Sridhar also says within two to four weeks, we'll notice a shift in our bodies that will accommodate our work and daily schedules compared to the amount of light we're experiencing in a day.