This is the time of year a lot of people feel sad, tired, and generally just 'down in the dumps.' And it turns out, you're not alone. Michigan ranks very high among states where residents suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.

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What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD, is typically defined as a mood disorder in which people who have generally normal mental heal most of the year "exhibit depressive symptoms at the same time each year." It's generally associated with the yearly cycle of decreased and increased sunlight that occurs in the winter and summer respectively.

Symptoms often include sleeping too much, overeating, and having little or no energy. While less common, summertime symptoms can include increased anxiety.

Seasonal Affective Disorder in Michigan

A new study finds that Michigan residents are among the top five in the country for Season Affective Disorder.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Michigan receives 474 hours of sunlight six months out of the year. Mattress Next Day collected weather data from each state in order to determine the states where residents are most likely to suffer from SAD during the winter months.

During the cold winter months, Michigan gets an average of just 19 clear days.

Here Are the Top 5 US States Most Prone to Seasonal Affective Disorder:

  1. Alaska
  2. New York
  3. Washington
  4. Vermont
  5. Michigan

A Few Tips For Dealing With Seasonal Affective Disorder

Experts say getting light therapy is a good way to reverse the effects of SAD. Light therapy boxes can mimic sunlight and they're about 10 times stronger than ordinary lights.

Regular exercise can also elevate your mood and is a good way to pump up endorphins. Concentrating on eating a healthy diet and avoiding empty calories also promotes a healthy mood.

Even though the winter months can be cold, experts say getting outside during daylight hours - even if for just a short walk - can be a good way of battling the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

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