Seasonal Affective Disorder Disrupts Natural Sleeping Patterns
People who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) may feel like they get a lot more sleep during their winter months of depression than they do when they aren’t depressed. This is a common misconception, and research shows that synchronizing internal clock rhythms with the seasons to get a good night’s sleep can help improve the treatment of SAD.
Why people with SAD misrepresent their sleep
The reason people who suffer from SAD misrepresent their amount of sleep is that they are always feeling tired, sad, and depressed. The symptoms of SAD may lead to much more time lying down or resting, but not sleeping. SAD sufferers may feel lethargic and have no interest in daily chores and activities, and this sense of “doing nothing” is misinterpreted as sleeping more.
Treating SAD the way we treat insomnia
A study from 2013 suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy can help people with insomnia improve their sleep habits, so maybe this could be the way to treat SAD, as well. By improving sleep patterns, it becomes easier to control mood, behavior, and emotions.
“One of the most effective treatment options for insomnia is cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (known as CBT-I), which aims to help people take control of their thinking to improve their sleep habits as well as mood, behavior, and emotions.” Kathryn Roecklein, primary investigator and assistant professor in Pitt’s Department of Psychology
Synchronizing internal biological rhythms
The rising and setting of the sun have long dictated our internal biological rhythms, particularly where sleep is concerned. Most people’s internal biological rhythms will naturally synchronize with seasonal change. It is this synchronization that allows most people to sleep at night and be awake during the day. For people with SAD, this synchronization does not happen. Finding out why could be a big step in helping to treat and improve symptoms of SAD.
Improve your sleep patterns with the Dreampad Music Pillow
Any sleeping problems, whether it’s from insomnia, SAD, head trauma, etc., can lead to irritability, depression, anxiety, or the inability to perform daily tasks, make good decisions, or interact with our peers. For people with SAD, they can suffer from these types of symptoms for five months out of the year. A good night’s sleep may be just what is needed to reclaim their lives, even in the dark, depressing, winter months.
The Dreampad Music Pillow is much more than just a gadget to help you sleep. It’s been scientifically proven to help people fall asleep quickly and stay asleep, using bone conduction and specialized music that vibrates through your body and lulls you gently to sleep.