In what ways & to what degree do you believe we humans are affected by the weather and/or
the changing seasons? Do you or a loved one experience Seasonal Affective Disorder?
We are a strange animal. Somewhere along the line we became convinced that because we could make it dark or light whenever we wanted to, that that should effect our behavior. And we came along and controlled temperatures, aggravating the already faulty notions of shelter. I live in a place that gets hot. My neighbors all use air conditioning as do businesses.
We alter the hours of light in a day and the temperature does not change with the seasons. Yes I was born in a hospital but I was not a genetically modified test tube baby.
Someone who is not effected by the changes should be called the one with a disorder -- we are so out of wack. The shrinkos calling it an effected disorder is so absolutely backwards and big pharma promoted it is crazy. If your sleep patterns do not change with the season. You are what they want you to be, a Zombie robot.
Sorry, you have a corporate job so you have to adjust your time to take care of the changes.
For the OP IMHO people definitely are affected by change in weather. From personal experience I live in San Diego with long periods of days with sunlight and comfortable temperature. When rain arrives I become happy. Sometimes when cloudy days arrive I feel a sense of relief. But, a long duration I move toward the blues. When peaks in temperature heading toward the 90's arrive my energy is sapped if outside too long and may have a sense of misery. But, probably as most here the constant of weather being temperate it is same ole’, same ole so, no real impact especially with mood.
Jumping to Seasonal Affective Disorder I accept that it is a diagnosable form of depression while remembering not the blues. It is kinda’ finicky too. Research shares it is related to light intensity and also melatonin. A Hub can be written on SAD and its therapies. Sharing even here in the San Diego area I know a few people diagnosed with SAD. And, yes I have an intimate friend in Sweden that experiences it. We email daily and it is easily detected in those when she experiences it.
The OP hit my curios bone, so I poked around a bit. Here is what I discovered regard the effects of weather and seasonal changes:
Sleep cycles - circadian rhythms related to periods of light
Birth rates peak at spring and summer
Suicides increase during summer months
Blood pressure is lower during summer
The blues occur more with cold & cloudy days
Change to summer hot days affects allergies / asthma
Before rain joint pain
Sharp change in weather causes headaches
Bright sunlight causes migraines (This I knew & why I get transitional lens for my glasses)
The effects of pollen at springtime
Diabetics have troubles controlling blood sugar during cold fronts
Burn more calories when cold
Higher heart attacks with drops in temperature
Hot humid weather more difficult to breathe
Rapid temperature changes lowers immune system
Greater sinus problems with changes in barometer (This affects me. When rain clouds are first present I get sinus headaches)
Personally with what I learned I think especially at my age and health issues I will consider those above. For instance I am diabetic and that bit of knowledge may be helpful regard my menu plan.
WOW!! This is what I call a COMMENT!! Thank you so much! I see you've given this a lot of thought and attention. Good for you! I appreciate the info.
Your are welcome. Here in San Diego we finally had some rain yesterday. Kinda' off topic . . . Accidents were 180 while avg. per day is 140. So, another health impact? I wonder the effects of stress driving in the rain or snow.
The weather affects me, but I don't know if I would call it a disorder. For instance, when it's gloomy out, I'm a bit subdued and want to curl up on the couch and watch TV all day. When it's sunny and breezy, my mood is light and cheery, even feisty and I want to be outside (Spring fever).
In both circumstances, the last place I want to be is at work!
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