If you've been feeling a little grumpy lately, doctors have identified a common problem they say peaks right after the Labor Day weekend. It's called PVS, which stands for post vacation slump. It's not just the "back to reality blues" after summer vacations are over, but it's a physical response to cooler weather.
Dr. Scott Bea said, "You start having people complain almost immediately, right around this time of year, right after Labor Day, people are anticipating a change in the weather." "The lack of sunshine seems to help us produce melatonin, makes us feel sluggish, more lethargic, we start to eat a little more."
You won't find PVS in any reputable medical journals, but it's gaining attention among psychologists, who say they really do see a spike in people in need of help every year around this time.
Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic say one way to beat post vacation syndrome is to get moving. It's proven that exercise can help ward off depression.
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