Foul Weather Could Lead to Poor Mood

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Jun 25, 2012 at 9:07 am

ST. CLOUD, MN (KNSI) - If staying wide awake has been a problem for you lately, you can blame the late night storms and cloudy conditions coupled with chemical imbalances in your brain.

According to Troy Payne, a sleep specialist at CentraCare in St. Cloud, storms and clouds tend to take away the most important ingredient we need to feel happier.

"Probably the biggest thing is that humans need light to feel good and be happy and to have a regular circadian rhythm," Payne said. "When we have these really frequent dark cloud days it is not uncommon for people to feel down and depressed."

So the solution, according to Payne, lies in correcting the chemical imbalance and restoring a positive circadian rhythm. To that end, there is a simple step you can take.

"You need more light, so actually people will get light boxes that have a blue wavelength light and put it next to their computer at work in order to get you extra light to keep you from feeling sleepy while you work," Payne said.

Along with helping you stay alert during the day, those blue wavelengths can help you achieve better sleep at night.

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