It’s already autumn in Italy. If the leaves are tinged with gold, the days become shorter, the sky is brisk, and the sudden rains and smell of the wet earth become unbearable, which can make you feel irritable and a little under the weather. If this sounds familiar, you are probably getting a taste of autumn dullness.
Also known as “autumn fatigue” and “autumn frailty“, autumn dullness is one of the so-called weather-induced “diseases” and in some cases, a real medical condition to watch out for. It isn’t an imaginary syndrome but an actual change of mood, largely due to the reduced amount of sunlight (the body produces more melatonin and less serotonin).
To make matters worse, the sudden drop in temperature can stimulate the body to produce corticotrophin, which contributes to the production of cortisol, the “stress hormone“. With the sudden cold, we tend to be more stressed and irritable.
The change of temperature, light and pressure can also cause sleeplessness, which traditionally affects women more than men.
How to fight autumn dullness
To cope with autumn dullness, you can take magnesium supplements. In addition to getting rid of the unpleasant sense of exhaustion, Magnesium also plays a decisive role in combating stress and irritability. Magnesium supplements help restore our physical and emotional balance, and relax the nervous system. This valuable supplement can be found in dried fruits, whole foods and even water. It is therefore, very important even in autumn, to maintain proper hydration. Alessandro Zanasi (Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Bologna) recommends drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, because hydration also helps maintain a good mood.
Another valuable ally is honey. Naturally energizing, honey also has an invigorating effect on the nervous system that is preferable to linden.
If water, magnesium and honey aren’t enough, you can go for walks to stay in the sunlight as much as possible during the day.
Trivia: did you know that in Finland, there are establishments that artificially reproduce sunlight to provide greater comfort to their customers? How? With lamps that reproduce the entire solar spectrum and which also happen to be on sale for household use at affordable prices.
Sensitivity to weather and sleep
Among the consequences of a sensitivity to weather (which may even take acute forms) is an increased desire to sleep, for long hours, at any time of the day. Well, if the general advice is to stay active in reaction to our seasonal mood swings, owners of a Magniflex mattress can skip this section, because the quality of sleep that they are sure to enjoy always improves health and puts them in a great mood!