After the end-of-year celebrations, followed by the adrenaline of back-to-school, are you exhausted? A British study carried out in 2012 established that the month of February would be the month when we would feel the most tired. Explanations.
Between work, children, home, not to mention the little hazards of everyday life, it is not uncommon to be regularly tired, exhausted, even completely washed out by life. And in the month of February, bad news, it would be even worse than usual. In any case, this is what seems to be confirmed by a British study carried out in the United Kingdom in 2012. After having questioned nearly 21,000 people about their sleep, the results of the Great British Sleep Survey, whose DailyMail echoes, are rather clear: February would be the worst month for sleeping. What further accentuate the fatigue of each.
The survey, sponsored by Sleepio, an online sleep improvement program that uses cognitive-behavioral techniques, reports that in the month of February, we put, on average, 8 more minutes to fall asleep particularly compared to the month of March. Likewise, during the night, we would be awake 10 more minutes. Compared to January, we take a minute longer to fall asleep and we would be awake two minutes longer each night in February, or 59 minutes compared to 57 in January. What to do with February the most critical month for our sleep and, with it, our fatigue.
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Why is February the most tired month?
If our fatigue is directly related to our sleepwhich is therefore, it seems, particularly altered in February, the latter depends for its part… on daylight. However, everyone knows that in winter, in our northern hemisphere, the days are shorter. There are fewer hours of natural sunlight, which can affect our melatonin production which is none other than… the sleep hormone. Indeed, when it is daytime, sunlight somehow stops the production of melatonin, reports Health. When night falls, the production of melatonin increases. Problem: With the sun setting between 4 and 5 p.m. in winter, melatonin comes early, which is why many get sleepy at the end of the day in winter, but also why, when bedtime comes, sleep comes at miss. To sum up, melatonin arrives, so to speak, too early. Fortunately, your ordeal will soon come to an end. With the return of spring looming, the days are getting longer more and more and the worries of falling asleep and fatigue should tend to disappear soon.