We have written past articles about Seasonal Affective Disorder or S.A.D the definition, symptoms etc. You can read these past articles by clicking S.A.D Articles. Some might feel very depressed during certain times of the year. Some might wonder how do you discover if you have S.A.D. What is the diagnosis process. Mayo Clinic online has provided some insight into the process that we would like to share.
- Physical Exam- Your doctor might do a full physical exam. Sometimes depression is linked to a physical issue or underlying condition.
- Lab Tests – Your doctor might do several blood or thyroid tests to check that everything is working properly.
- Psychological Tests- Your doctor might have you meet with a psychologist to do certain mental health tests or questionnaires.
It is sometimes difficult for doctors or mental health specialists to specifically diagnose S.A.D because it is a sub-section of either depression or bi-polar disorder. The following are some of the determining factors for a specialist to know if a patient has S.A.D
- Depression that begins during a specific season each year
- Depression that ends during a specific season each year
- No depression episodes during seasons with normal mood
- More seasons with depression than with out over the lifetime of symptoms
If you speak with a specialist and are diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder ask about the possible benefits of melatonin supplements.
Last month we had an article on Five Bedtime Snacks To Help You Sleep.
This article is all about bedtime beverages that can soothe your mind to help you drift off to dream land.
Bedtime Beverages and their Benefits
Natural Tea Brew- Simmering three to four lettuce leaves for 15 minutes and adding mint leaves can be a calming natural tea. Lettuce has lactucarium a natural chemical which has a sedative affect. Sipping this brew might help you ease into sleep.
Cherry Juice – Researchers from the Universities of Pennsylvania and Rochester discovered that tart cherries can spike the production of melatonin. This hormone is the natural hormone in our brains that produces sleep. Drinking a glass of tart cherry juice can cause a boost of melatonin which can help you fall asleep.
Peppermint Tea- Peppermint is known to have stomach soothing properties. If you have anxiety and it is causing nausea and trouble sleeping try sipping peppermint tea to calm the butterflies and get a goodnight’s rest.
Chamomile Tea- The most popular bedtime tea is chamomile. Researchers have discovered that this tea has a chemical named glycine which can relax muscles and nerves. It is similar to a mild sedative which can help the drinker who sips this tea to fall asleep more peacefully.
Passion Fruit Tea- Researchers in Australia discovered that high levels of Harman alkaloids found in passion fruit flowers can act on the nervous system to make a person tired. Sipping this sweet herbal tea an hour before bedtime can possibly help you sleep more soundly.
If you have trouble sleeping try these beverages before bedtime. If they help feel free to share your story in the comments. If your sleeping troubles persist speak with your doctor. If the doctor suggests melatonin supplements check out World Wide Labs for an all natural option.