Winter is bad for your health, appearance and your sex life, according to a new poll of 2,000 adults, many of whom said the cold and dark winter months result in an increase in illness, a lower mood and an overall lack of motivation.
One in 20 of the survey’s respondents said their sex life suffered in the winter. Others claimed they had less energy, struggled to wake up and had sore and achy joints and muscles.
Many admitted they were more likely to eat unhealthy or sugary foods than in the summer months.
“This shows that many of us do feel down in the dumps when the weather turns colder and days get shorter,” said Dr Meg Arroll, a psychologist on behalf of wellbeing brand Healthspan, which commissioned the research.
“Some of this may be due to the lack of daylight and perceived unpleasantness of being out and about in the wind and rain.
“And of course, there are more coughs and colds during winter months which affect both how we feel physically and our mood. But the heartening aspect of this survey is that over a quarter of respondents state they take active steps to protect their health and wellbeing in winter.
“This is the key to good health as we may not be able to control the weather, but we can control how we think and feel and take action to improve our overall outlook.”
Forty-one per cent of the survey’s respondents said that they were more affected by colds and flu during the winter months, while 31 per cent believed they suffer more from dry skin.
Three in 10 said they had less energy and felt more tired, while 22 per cent believed they were more likely to gain weight than they are in the summer.
Almost six in 10 said their mood is generally lower in winter than at any other time of the year, with 66 per cent blaming the dark morning and evenings.