Half of workers only see daylight at lunch
Later sunrise and earlier sunset mean that most workers now only see daylight during breaks and weekends. Research has revealed that half of workers take their lunch break just to see daylight while the other 50% of people said they were too busy to talk a lunch break
So, after a week of not seeing any sunlight you might think that most people would spend their weekend outdoors, enjoying getting out of the office or house, however nearly 25% of people regularly stay in their home all weekend, with 45% admitting they have done this ‘once or twice’. Two thirds of people say that they see staying indoors at a weekend as a way of chilling out and 37% say they would rather stay indoors than brave the elements.
Robert Slade of Beurer, makers of Brightlight Daylight Lamps which combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and who commissioned the study, said:
”Once the clocks go back at the end of October the dark nights really start to take effect.”
”If you leave for work relatively early then the chances are your mornings are dark too, which means that if you don’t get time outdoors as part of your job then you are likely to see very little daylight at all during the week.”
”That in itself can be very depressing and it’s inevitable that long dark days will have an effect on our moods.”
To combat the lack of winter sun here in the UK, 17% of the people surveyed purposefully booked a holiday to somewhere sunny during the winter months. Not surprisingly over half of people surveyed said that the climate was the worst thing about Britain and 52% said that they would like to hibernate until spring. The pending arrival of family members and the expense of Christmas also contributed to the winter blues.
With all this considered it is perhaps not surprising that 35% of people experience lack of energy at work during the autumn and winter months.
SAD affects 7% of the population between September and April. Symptoms include depression, sleep problems, lethargy, over eating, loss of concentration, social problems, anxiety and mood changes. However, there are simple things you can do to combat SAD, if you have time, take a short walk around the block in your lunch break, you could even get a few people together so you can get to know other people outside of the office environment. You could also find a local walking group, these often put on beautiful winter walks and is also another chance to get to know new people.