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 AO.com 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.