Worn Out

Dear Ryan,

In all honesty, I feel the same way every winter.  Something about the dreary skies and bone-chilling weather … it zaps my spirit.  (Perhaps in that stimulus bill I can find some funds to relocate to warmer environs.)

Recent studies in the news have reiterated that the average American adult requires a minimum seven hours of sleep per night to maintain good health and energy.

You could be affected by the seasons.  If you feel sad or depressed, too, I would suggest talking to your doctor about Seasonal Affective Disorder.

With the dry heat of indoors and probable lack of physical activity, you may be dehydrated.  Remember, you should be drinking just as much pure water a day now as you do in the summertime.

And you may not be getting enough quality sleep.  Recent studies in the news have reiterated that the average American adult requires a minimum seven hours of sleep per night to maintain good health and energy.  Experiment with different settings (e.g. thick curtains blocking out all noise and light, using a white noise machine, setting the sleep timer on the TV, etc.) to try and sleep better.

– M

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