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By HoneyColony Staff

Do you start feeling funky when the sky is grey or the days are short? You aren’t alone. In fact, many people suffer serious mood swings when their exposure to natural sunlight drops, which is why the National Institute of Health has been studying the so-called “winter blues” for decades.

The severest cases of these blues is known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, and for the worst sufferers SAD can be downright unbearable.

According to an article published January 2013 on the NIH website, “some people say that SAD can look like a kind of hibernation. People with SAD tend to be withdrawn, have low energy, oversleep and put on weight.

Without treatment, these symptoms generally last until the days start getting longer.

Luckily, the NIH has developed a series of treatments for SAD and lesser-forms of seasonal disorder, and many of them are things you can easily do without consulting a doctor. You can read the full article here.

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