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Health.com: 12 Signs You Suffer From Summer Depression

Your screwed-up sleep

Long sunlit days can mean you get up earlier and stay up later—a recipe for sleep deprivation, which is more common in summer than any other time of the year, says Michael J. Breus, PhD, author of Good Night: The Sleep Doctor's 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health. "Your body releases more of the stress hormone, cortisol, when you're sleep-deprived," he says, which can contribute to depression. It can also increase emotional sensitivity.

Summer solution: Try to keep normal sleep hours in the summer, even if it means using heavy curtains to block out light. When you do get up, eat outside or in bright light to get a depression-fighting boost of sunlight. "Getting consistent sunlight in the am helps reset your circadian clock," he says. If you feel your sleep problems are getting in the way of your quality of life, see a doctor.

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