What do you do during the winter when your body can’t take the stress?
A simple way to survive, according to a research team from the University of Southern California.
The researchers studied the brain activity of five volunteers as they listened to sounds like the sounds of snow, sleet, and snowflakes while they were lying down on the floor of a lab.
As they moved around the room, their brain activity decreased and when they looked at the ceiling or other parts of the room the activity increased.
“The brain activity changes during sleep,” said Professor of Psychology at USC Dr. J. Daniel Pimentel, who led the study.
“It may be that during sleep, our bodies may be making a ‘melt down’ of cortisol levels that we don’t really need during the day.
It may also be that as we go to sleep our body has taken a break from our bodies cortisol production.”
The researchers also found that during the night, the brain’s cortisol production is much lower, so the brain may be ‘staying home’ during the daytime.
It’s important to remember that during a cold snap like this one, the brains cortisol production can be high.
It takes about 24 hours to get your body back to normal after a winter cold snap.
The next morning, your body may still be getting a little bit of the stress out of it and may be ready to go back to work.
The scientists believe that this may be the reason why people can fall asleep at their desks and be awake for the rest of the day, but when they do get up, they’re still in a state of heightened cortisol levels.
In the summer, the researchers also looked at a group of people and found that cortisol levels were still elevated during the summer and they also experienced the same feelings of sleepiness as during the cold snap, as well as feelings of being cold.
The study is published in the journal Sleep.
“It’s hard to believe that our bodies are making the same metabolic changes we experience in winter and that we have this ability to cope with winter stress, but it’s not a problem,” said Pimentels research team member Dr. Sarah Hirsch.
“Our research demonstrates that when we get stressed, our brain may have a way to get the stress down and not get the cortisol out of the system.”
If you or anyone you know is struggling to deal with the winter cold, contact a psychologist or get advice from a trained personal trainer.