Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Daylight not twilight

Apologies for the lack of blog yesterday, I got home late and so tired I couldn't think so I saved you an incoherent ramble!!

This is the time of year that is hardest for most of us, physically and emotionally. Endless short, cold days without the excitement of Christmas to keep us going it's easy to feel tired and worn out.  There's another reason for why you might feel like this - it's the longest period of time sine most of us got some decent sunshine, so we'll be running down our vitamin D stores.

Some of my friends wisely counteract this with a trip to sunnier climbs this year and come back totally rejuvenated. If however you're a snow lover and use your early hols to hit the slopes then you'll most likely be going at least 6 months without a decent dose of sunshine.

Whilst there is alot of wise advice to scare off us from too much sun exposure, living in this country over the year we're actually likely to get not enough.  Rushing out into the sunshine for three weeks total cooking every summer is definitely not good for you and is not the answer.

I'm still supplementing with my vitamin D supplements but I think it's also important to get some daily daylight exposure especially to help regulate our sleep and energy levels - we are not vampires and are designed to wake up and go to sleep with the sun, so it's going to affect us if we don't see any daylight monday to friday.  Try and get out in some daylight for at least 15minutes every day - if you can walk part of the way to work that's a great way to do it, but otherwise just go for a walk round the block at lunchtime.

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