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Tired, Hungry, Sad? Relax; You're Hibernating - Me

Posted: Dec 31st, 2017 - 3:57 pm

Does dull weather wear you down? Does every shop crammed with sales stock send your spirits plummeting? Is that health kick abandoned in favour of comfort food and a relationship with your duvet? Don't worry - perhaps your body's trying to hibernate.

Some people get the winter blues on a monumental scale. Sufferers of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) would rather cosy up to a television set than another human being. They shun sex in favour of pizza, snooze for maybe 16 hours a day and are often moody.

Small wonder that SAD sufferers compare their condition to hibernation. When hibernating animals prepare for winter, their metabolism slows down, their sex drive wanes and they sleep in dens, surviving till spring on fat reserves.

The theory that seasonal depression is an atavistic form of hibernation was once dismissed by researchers. But recent studies have reawakened interest in the theory.



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