Autumn is the season of melancholy par excellence. Beyond the return to routine, the fall of leaves and evocative poems, there are physiological reasons why their arrival affects our mood.

You may have experienced mood swings, sleep problems, or lack of appetite in recent weeks and attributed it to stress or poor nutrition without considering that it may be a consequence of the change in season. We then clarify what this mood is, how it affects us and what we can do to prevent it.

What is autumn asthenia?

It is a mood disturbance that can result in different biological disorders. Even less well known than spring asthenia is suffered by about 10% of the population and – although experts agree that it is not a disease – it can have a negative impact on daily life. Its usual duration is between one and two weeks, having time a key value since if it persisted it could lead to a seasonal affective disorder, considered a pathology to be treated.

The causes of this disorder are mainly the decrease in temperatures and the reduction in hours of light. The shortage of light is intimately linked to the production of the so-called “welfare hormone,” serotonin.

Serotonin, which is considered a neurotransmitter (although many consider it a hormone), is found throughout the body and is involved in different body and psychological processes.

What are the symptoms of autumnal asthenia?

They can be both physical and mental/emotional. The most common are tiredness, generalized weakness, apathy, insomnia, drowsiness, lack of concentration, irritability and anxiety.

How can we mitigate its effects?

There are ways to mitigate the impact of autumn asthenia or to speed up the recovery process of our body. Good habits contribute to this. Here are some:

Perform moderate exercise. Sport generates endorphins of apathy, removes toxins from your body and gives you resistance to fatigue.
Don’t sleep on your mobile/tablet/tv. The light on the screens alters the way your body secretes melatonin.

Make a healthy and balanced diet. Due to the low defenses, a diet is needed to help the immune system return to its natural state. Hydrating and eating foods rich in vitamins and nutrients is a common recommendation for these cases.

Leverage the hours of light. Adapt your schedules to the solar schedule, to help make serotonin.

Regulates your sleep hours. Both default and excess. It is not about sleeping longer, the intention is that sleep is a good one.

If symptoms are prologan, it is best to consult a specialist to rule out other conditions that require treatment.