The turn of the season brings leaves on the ground, multiple holidays, and cozy sweater weather. For many people around the world, a change in season may also bring seasonal affective disorder. Often referred to as SAD, this is a type of depression men and women experience during the fall and into the winter. Sometimes referred to as “the winter blues”, seasonal affective disorder is very real, and its effects can include lethargy, mood swings, low self esteem, appetite changes, and insomnia. The combination of these side effects can wreak havoc on a person’s mental and physical health, including their sex life. We’ll be going over common signs of SAD to look out for this season, as well as possible outlets to help manage the disorder as temperatures begin to dip.
Seasonal Affective Disorder Causes
It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of SAD, however, experts believe this type of depression can be triggered by a lack of sunshine. As fall and winter progress, the sun doesn’t shine as brightly throughout the day. We also tend to spend more time indoors due to the colder temperatures. The lack of sunlight can cause lower levels of vitamin D and serotonin, and higher melatonin levels. Because of the drastic change in hormones, the body’s regular internal clock can become confused, causing long bouts of lethargy or irritability. It may seem common to feel a little “blue” when it’s colder outside; that’s because studies show that SAD affects more than three million people every year.
Seasonal Affective Disorder and Sex
SAD can also interfere with normal sleep cycles, inhibit orgasms, and lower one’s sex drive. It’s no surprise that sex can become an undesirable activity when a person feels mentally and physically drained. Those experiencing seasonal affective disorder may feel unattractive and become disinterested in sex entirely. They may find orgasms are difficult to achieve, and men with SAD can have difficulty achieving erections.
Seasonal Affective Disorder Treatments
Lifestyle changes are some of the most beneficial treatment options for SAD. They include:
- Increasing exercise or physical activities
- Spending more time outside
- Purchasing a light box that mimics sunlight exposure
- Adding recurring meditation or therapy sessions
Even though SAD might sound like a temporary disorder, it can become serious. People with SAD can become very withdrawn and have thoughts of suicide. While it is normal to feel “down in the dumps” as the weather changes, it’s not normal to have suicidal thoughts or display suicidal behavior.
If these thoughts arise, or if seasonal affective disorder lasts for extended periods of time, it’s a good idea to check in with a physician or mental health professional. Pay close attention to drastic mood swings. If you’re a man and finding it difficult to achieve or maintain an erection, Giddy’s ED treatment device can help. Our state-of-the-art wearable device is designed for optimal blood flow for bigger, stronger erections, as well as added stimulation for partners. If you’re curious, Get Giddy.
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