Winter brings feelings of festive joy and warmth for many of us, those who love the thought of wrapping up in a blanket at night and holding a cup of hot chocolate. Others are less excited by the colder months as they recognise that winter will often brings feelings of depression and anxiety – more commonly known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.
What is SAD?
Not to be mistaken for the winter blues, Seasonal Affective Disorder is a common condition that affects around one in three people in the UK. It’s a type of depression that arises during seasonal change and occurs because of a lack of sunlight as well as changes to the biological clock that regulates the body’s sleep and energy cycle – the circadian rhythm.
When the balance in your body changes, it triggers symptoms of SAD, which can include low energy, insomnia, anxiety, weight change, and social withdrawal. Although this is mostly prevalent during the autumn and winter months, SAD can happen during any change of season.
Studies into Seasonal Affective Disorder also suggest that sufferers struggle to produce and regulate Serotonin, the hormone that controls mood. Serotonin production is stimulated by daylight, which explains why SAD is in the most part associated with the winter months.
How Can CBD help?
Cannabidiol (CBD) reacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system and can help to regulate bodily processes such as hormone production.
CBD can relieve the effects of anxiety for users by accelerating the production of serotonin. High serotonin levels have a significant impact on reducing stress and anxiety, allowing for a more relaxed state of mind.
Another way that CBD could help is by regulating melatonin levels. This is the compound that helps to relax the body and mind and lets you sleep. CBD helps to regulate these levels, which in turn allows sufferers of SAD to fall into a more natural sleep pattern, relieving their symptoms of insomnia. Healthy levels of sleep will have a positive impact on overall mood and energy levels, helping to keep seasonal affective disorder at bay.
So, if you’ve noticed a change in your mood as the seasons start to change, why not give DR CBD Rx a try today.