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Cleveland Clinic team says time-change can lead to mood changes

Cleveland Clinic team says time-change can lead to mood changes (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – The upcoming time change can mean a mood change for everyone according to specialists at the Cleveland Clinic.

Even though everyone gets that extra hour back this weekend, it can still make you pretty grouchy.

Sunday marks the end of “Daylight Saving Time” when everyone turns the clocks back one hour.

But keep in mind that this is being done to accommodate shorter days and that means it gets darker earlier outside.

It also means it ups your odds of developing “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)” according to psychologists at the Cleveland Clinic.

In areas where it's gray a lot, as it is in the Tri-State, rates go up when sunlight hours go down.

Some of the early warning signs include feeling sleepy a lot of the time, not wanting to do much, and getting grouchy and irritated more often.

Research shows women tend to be four times more likely to suffer from SAD, but when guys get it, the symptoms tend to be more severe.

This also tends to get worse as everyone heads into winter.

The Cleveland Clinic team suggests light therapy with special lamps or still trying to get outside at least 30 minutes a day.

Social events and exercise also help a lot of people and so does a good vacation somewhere warm and sunny, if you can plan one somewhere!

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