Why, it's the sun!
I have long avoided direct sunlight. Not just because it hurts my eyes (seriously, no vampire jokes this time, it does) but because I'm a redhead and don't want to catch skin cancer from that big mean ball of fire.
Lo and behold, I've been absent this week because I went to the doctor for lethargy et cetera, and found out Wednesday I have low Vitamin D.
A vitamin you get from the sun.
Without it you're susceptible to flimsier bones, muscle pain, diseases (ranging from colds to diabetes to cancer), fatigue, depression, and you're less pretty.
(No, I'm not joking about the pretty. Your skin and hair get all dull, you lose weight slower, and it can even lead to deformations in children.)
Since I'm the "I'm sleepy" girl of my clan, this news perked me up because the supplement should make me feel less like I'm walking around in a fog.
Also, since I stay in so much because my hobbies (like WoW) are indoor hobbies, I thought I'd mention this as something other gamers should watch out for.
If you never go outside, try to spend a few minutes a day in the sunlight without sunscreen (play with a pet or take a phone call outside). This site recommends 15 minutes a day twice a day (30 minutes altogether) for fair-skinned people like me and 40 minutes a day for darker-skinned folks.
You can also eat foods that are rich in (or fortified with) vitamin D:
- Some orange juice.
- Salmon, mackerel, sardines.
- Egg yolks.
If you start feeling better (i.e. more energetic and happy) by doing those things, ask your doctor to check your D levels because you're probably low. They can prescribe a supplement (that isn't available over-the-counter because too much D can be just as bad as too little). A lot of winter depression is caused by getting less sunlight, so if you suffer from that you definitely want to ask about a supplement.