It's not just the cold or drizzle that can make winter feel tough. Shorter days and weaker sunlight can have a real impact on wellbeing, with millions of Brits suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Vitamin D deficiency.
An important nutrient for healthy bones, we get 90% of our Vitamin D from sunlight - which makes it tricky to get enough during the winter. Lack of Vitamin D causes tender, achy bones and joint pain. Especially at risk are people over 65, those with darker skin or who spend the day indoors.
If you find it hard to keep your spirits up in the winter, it's no coincidence. Sunlight boosts the supply of serotonin (the ‘happy hormone’) - which means darker days have the opposite effect. This can disrupt sleep and leave you feeling depressed and irritable, a clutch of unpleasant symptoms known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
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