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Why do rainy days make me tired?

Asked by bookish1 (13052 points ) January 30th, 2013

Is this just a psychosomatic or psychological conditioning thing, or is there some confirmed scientific basis for it?

I got the same amount of sleep two nights ago and last night. Yesterday it was sunny out and I had the energy to work all day and evening. But today, it’s overcast and rainy, and I still have to work all day and night, but all I can think about is going back to sleep. I have noticed this correlation time and time again.

Thank you in advance.

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mazingerz88's avatar

Can’t recall the exact condition and I’m sure another jelly would mention it soon but I think being exposed to less light affects certain hormones within us which depresses our mood.

Coloma's avatar

Gloomy weather kicks in our hibernation mode it seems.
Low light and an all day simulation of dusk and dawn tends to trick us into feeling like it is almost bedtime, all day. Animals experience this too and many, otherwise nocturnal creatures will be more active all day in times of gloomy weather. The same for them, the dawn/dusk simulation of light tricks them into thinking they have more hours for hunting.

I get a bit if the S.A.D. thing going on if the weather stays overcast for weeks on end.

Pachy's avatar

Good answers above. Me, I’ve always loved cloudy and especially rainy days.

Coloma's avatar

@Pachyderm_In_The_Room Me too, it’s a great way to be a couch potato without guilt.
Sunny days make me feel I need to be productive from sun up to sundown. Bah!

janbb's avatar

How do you feel about Mondays?

Pachy's avatar

@janbb, Mondays should be abolished. In fact, any day that starts a new week at work should be. ;-)

marinelife's avatar

You may be very sensitive to sunlight.

jonsblond's avatar

Cloudy, rainy days invigorate me. I get tired when it’s sunny. wth is wrong with me? :)

Coloma's avatar

If I ran the world we would only work 24 hours on a 4 day work week.
Every day would be art classes and poetry readings and nature walks, sipping wine at sunset.
Aaah, in a perfect world.
I have always highly resented hardcore work ethics, as if being an endentured servant to the machine is somehow supposed to be rewarding?

I think not.

Of course, this is why I am going into my old age poor.
Oh well, some of us have to be starving creative types. lol

HolographicUniverse's avatar

The depression associated with the dearth of sunlight is relative to the hormone melatonin, which regulates sleep. When sunlight fades we produce abundant amounts of melatonin which prompts us to feel drowsy (reportedly 20% of Americans have felt depressed during gloomy weather and chilly seasons)
A link you can look into is here
http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2008/11/09/weather-can-change-your-mood/

Personally I feel that there is no significant impact on us by the weather to cause depression or another mild to severe condition. It’s highly psychosomatic as we often associate dark with melancholy.

mazingerz88's avatar

@bookish1 Wait, you’re not a bear are you? Just checking. : )

Sunny2's avatar

It could be the change in barometric pressure. Some people react to it more than others. Try eating something that gives you more energy.

wundayatta's avatar

Yep. Low air pressure. Messes with the head and the joints. That’s why people can feel storms coming in their bones.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

I do the same thing, and I’ve always thought it’s because the gray gloominess makes me want to hibernate.

sujenk7422's avatar

There is also a psychological disorder: SADD – Seasonal Affective Depressive Disorder – which affects quite a few people. The symptoms associated with SADD are very familiar to yours. One of the biggest symptoms is depression that has a direct correlation to exposure to sunlight. Most folks with SADD do not display symptoms in the Summer months, especially when it is a dry season. Rainy days tend to trigger symptoms that makes a person tired and somatic. If your symptoms are more than you can cope with see a doctor, even a Primary Care physician can diagnose SADD and treat with a mild SSRI – such as Zoloft.

tobycrabtree's avatar

This is true sometimes. At least to me it is. See, when i’m home and it’s rainy, I quickly think of sleeping, therefore my body starts feeling tired.

augustlan's avatar

Happens to me, every time. I wish I could hibernate all winter, too. I have vitamin D deficiency, and now take a larger-than-usual dose every day, which helps a lot. Be sure to get a blood test first, if you’re interested in trying it.

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