Suffering from the winter blues? It could be SAD…

Did you know women are more likely to suffer from SAD?

Millions of people across the UK will be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) this winter – but many of the symptoms are actually worse for women.

A survey conducted by found that 60% of people in the UK suffer from at least one of the symptoms of SAD. Of the people who do suffer from winter-induced depression, half will need to take at least a day off work.

However, it also emerges that some of the issues experienced are more acute among women:

  • When it comes to feeling lethargic, lacking in energy and feeling sleepy during the day, women are much more likely to experience this than men (34%-21%)
  • More women struggle to get out of bed in the morning (31%-22%)
  • Persistent low mood are more common in women (28%-21%)
  • Women are much more likely to crave carbohydrates and gain weight (26%-16%)

Women are also slightly more likely to feel irritable and suffer from a loss of pleasure in everyday activities.

AO conducted the survey as part of its cosy campaign to help people feel a little brighter during the colder months.

They focus on winter wellbeing, food and drink, technology, and getting together with family, to help us all enjoy the winter more.


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About Jessica Foreman

I'm a Durham University graduate specialising in business and lifestyle-based writing. I have developed my skills on projects surrounding the BBC, and running a print and online-based magazine whilst at university. I am currently looking towards starting my Masters in Mobile and Personal Communications as well as broadening my horizons through travelling.