Autumn’s Effect On Sleep, Anxiety, Depression, & Health

The skyline of burnt orange, rich gold, and rustic red make the trees resemble a chalk drawing that’s so exquisite that you’re afraid to touch it for fear of smudging the image. The pumpkins adorn the thresholds, and the smell of sweet cinnamon is second only to the sights of people sipping apple cider, sitting around the bonfire, and cheering under the Friday night lights. It’s autumn, and your cozy sweaters are ready to report for duty.

The above description of autumn is nostalgic; it’s the description that makes people fall in love with this season. But in between the football games and holiday prep lurks a reality that isn’t as picture-perfect and desirable: Autumn ushers in less sunlight, and this reality has consequences. 

Autumn’s Not-So-Secret Consequences: Cooler Days Cost You

When the days start to shorten, you are affected. “But wait,” you insist. “My pumpkin spice latte gives me life, and I look forward to the pumpkin patch and my cardigans all year!” That all may be true, but you can’t stop the proven biological response your body has to less light. 

The following are a few of these responses that you may relate to:

  1. SLEEP
    • Less light means your pillow and bed call your name earlier than in summer.

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Slip on Your Holiday Armor: Combatting Post-Holiday Depression is a Battle You Can Win

Like a deflated balloon dragging behind a child, many meet the post-holiday months feeling lifeless and without the sense of purpose, they had just days before.

October through December homes fill with a bustle of activity. Decorating. Shopping. Baking. Cooking. Wrapping. Party-planning. Gift-giving. Visiting. Hosting. School and work events. Social calendars make even the most introverted look like social butterflies with bullhorns. These social calendars give us moments that lift us up and moments that reminded us why family isn’t always defined by the branches on a family tree.

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Healthy diet linked to lower odds of depression

In June 2019, researchers in Korea published a study in the peer-reviewed journal Current Developments in Nutrition, showing a connection between diet and depression.

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This diet may reduce anxiety, distress & depression

In June 2019, the peer-review journal Nutritional Neuroscience published a study by researchers in Canada and Iran that shows a connection between diet and mental health.

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Pro-inflammation diet could raise depression risk by 15%

In June 2019, The Journal of Nutrition published the findings of researchers in France who had investigated any connection between a pro-inflammation diet and depression risk.

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This diet may reduce depression and distress

In May 2019, the peer-reviewed journal Journal of Affective Disorders published a study in which researchers from Canada and Iran reported a link between diet and mental health.

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This vitamin connected to depression during pregnancy

In May 2019, the peer-reviewed journal Research in Nursing & Health published a study in which researchers from the United States reported a link between vitamin B12 levels and depression among pregnant women.

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Yet another reason to not drink soft drinks.

In 2017, researchers in China recruited over 8,000 university students in a study exploring links between soft drink consumption and mental health. They published the results of that study earlier this month in the peer-reviewed journal Public Health Nutrition.

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Nutrient-dense, plant-rich diet may improve depression

In April 2019, researchers from the United States published a study in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, showing a connection between diet and depression.

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Vegetarians may have lower depression odds

In April 2019, the peer-reviewed journal Ethnicity & Health published a study by 4 American researchers, who had found a connection between depression and vegetarianism.

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