The day you wake up in the morning and see that the car windscreens have frozen over is the day that winter has officially arrived. And winter doesn’t just bring frost and flu. It also brings about feelings of loneliness and a desire to be cuddled up in a relationship. But winter relationships aren’t like summer romances. They aren’t quite your average definition of a casual, throwaway fling. Urban Dictionary describes this feeling as wanting to be “cuffed”, something people who are usually single or promiscuous feel during autumn and winter due to the cold weather forcing them to stay indoors for longer.
While there’s nothing wrong with being single, you can’t deny that snuggling up to someone else is much better than wrapping yourself up in a faux fur blanket – especially when the temperatures drop. Playboy.com’s Sex & Dating columnist Bridget Phetsay discussed this in a recent article, saying that many of her relationships began in September or October. “When spring fever hits, I’m usually wondering how I ended up in what suddenly feels like prison” she wrote . So what is it about winter that makes us so sad and lonely?
Firstly, seasonal depression is something that plays a major role. Despite what you might think, it’s more than just winter blues. Seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD, is a real clinical problem that actually needs treatment. Like depression, the disorder brings on symptoms such as sadness, disinterest in hobbies, changes in sleep pattern, reduced appetite and fatigue. However its main difference from other types of depression because it only falls during certain months and is absent for the others. Although it’s associated with winter, SAD is actually linked to the darker months and shorter days instead of the colder temperatures. Women and people who see little sunlight during the day, for example those who work indoors, are at greater risk of developing the disorder. SAD is also more prevalent in countries that are further from the Equator.
Loneliness does funny things to your body, even if you consider yourself an introvert and prefer to keep to yourself. We are a social species, after all. When you’re lonely, more norepinephrine and less dopamine are produced. A 2012 study conducted in the Netherlands found that the thought of being alone was enough to make a person’s body temperature drop. The researchers found that the best remedy was social interaction as it seems to bring actual physical warmth.
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