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PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 November 2017

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Shortage of daylight makes us grumpier

How are you feeling? Apparently it’s likely to be not great and it’s all because of the lack of daylight.

It’s a hard time of year because we don’t get that much light. Sometimes I go to the fridge just to get a little boost. And also to get food.

A survey has found that more of us have a reclusive existence during this time of year.

I’m not sure how you do a survey of recluses.

If you stand on the High Street with a clipboard waiting for recluses to come by you’ll be there a while.

On average we see less than 10 hours of daylight a week during the winter months.

It’s not only the days drawing in, it’s our way of life. We work longer hours and don’t take lunch breaks as much.

Even that term has let us down. We used to call it a lunch hour but that became as optimistic as those signs on the M25 that say, “60”. Yeah, in my dreams.

The lack of daylight also changes the way we think. One study found that at this time of year we have the worst mental concentration and also, something else.

What was I saying?

Fifty-six per cent of us feel more tired than usual while four in 10 are more likely to be grumpy.

I’m in the remaining six in 10, who can’t physically get grumpier.

So what can we do? You can’t make the sun shine longer, mainly because global warming promised more than it delivered.

For years I was burning carbon thinking it was going to make us like Florida.

You can take time away from the desk in the day, go for a walk, enjoy the outdoors even if it’s just for a little while.

You can. I’m not. It’s freezing out there.

Tune into Steve’s show on Time 107.5FM.

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