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The Effects of the “Permacloud”

You may have herd of people throwing around the term ‘seasonal depression’ but did you know its actually true? The actual term is Seasonal Affective Disorder and describes how the changing of seasons into winter affects a wide group of people.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is especially prevalent in the mid-west where the ‘permacloud’ rules. When the sun is in hiding people can generally suffer from sleepiness, depression, struggling to sleep and or waking up. Also, women are 20 precent more likely to experience Seasonal Affective Disorder than men.

The science behind it goes back to the chemicals that make us happy. Serotonin and melatonin levels drop with reduced sun light. Serotonin levels control your personality and emotions like happy and sad for example. Melatonin is what makes you naturally sleepy and helps get you up in the morning. With constant overcast skies, your bodies levels might be lower causing adverse side effects.

Another negative effect of the ‘permacloud’ would be the decrease of vitamin D. We all know that we get vitamin d from the sun but in the wintertime months we can build deficiencies. Lack of vitamin D can lead to a weakened immune system. Which when sicknesses being prevalent during the winter, can work against us.

Some tips to help fight off the wintertime blues:

  • Stay active, don’t be a shut in.
  • Exercise
  • Get outside
  • Let as much natural light in as possible
  • Take vitamin D supplements
Fogy december day in Zurich Canton.

By actively trying to combat the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder you can get yourself ahead of the curve and stay positive even when the weather looks negative outside!


-Weather Forecaster Jack Van Meter-

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