Daylight Savings May Contribute To Seasonal Affective Disorder

Many people relish in the idea of “falling back” and gaining an extra hour of sleep, but experts say there are repercussions that come with this annual occurrence. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a defined form of depression that may result in substance abuse when untreated. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals cope with the winter blues, but experts say eliminating daylights savings may also help the problem.

Keeping the clocks as-is would give adults approximately 300 hours more daylight every year, Businessweek reports. A lack of sunlight is primarily responsible for evoking SAD in millions of Americans each year. Although this can be treated with light therapy, the condition can still put a damper on the holiday season.

Individuals suffering from the winter blues are encouraged to reduce their stress levels by eating healthy, exercising and getting enough sleep. Experts say this may reduce the chances of depression.

SAD affects between 5 to 10 percent of the population during the winter months, KGBT-TV reports. People who live in northern sections of the country, where daylight is more limited, have an increased chance of developing SAD. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals struggling from this condition and any substance abuse that results from the depression.