- Dark evenings caused by the time change can lead to depression, according to a new study
- Light therapy and exercise can help alleviate seasonal depression
(CNN)Even though setting the clocks back during winter leads to an extra hour of sleep, the added hour of darkness in the evening is harder to handle, according to a new study.
Coping with seasonal depression
-- Walk first thing in the morning to take advantage of morning light. It's good to combine exercise and light. If it's raining or dark when you want to exercise, place a light box in front of your exercise machine or workout space.
-- Plan a winter vacation somewhere nice and sunny.
-- Diminish personal stress as much as you can. Don't take a deadline just after your worst time of year for seasonal depression. Work on it when your mind is working well.
-- Put a timer on your bedside lamp to turn on half an hour before you wake up. Waking up to bright light is better than waking up to dark surroundings.
-- Don't rely on carbohydrates for an extra energy boost. The advantage is short-lived.
-- Keep your social life going. Don't oversleep or stay in bed. Depriving yourself of morning light won't help