Living in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside means Autumn is one of my favourite times of year. The temperature is lovely and welcome, especially after that scorching summer we’ve had. The falling leaves are stunning, and there's a crispness in the air that just makes one feel energised. My absolute favourite things at this time of year are walking our dogs Ada and Flo across the Clent Hills and to do that my other favourite thing, wrapping up in warm clothes and a good pair of boots.
It's a time of year when our bodies and minds are going through interesting changes that affect everything from our sleep to our social behaviours. Some of them are subtle and we may have never noticed them before, but others will probably sound pretty familiar.
Here are a few mental, physical, and social changes that can be attributed to Autumn
Heart rates speed
When the temperature drops, our blood vessels constrict to conserve heat. This can cause our blood pressure to rise. Usually the rise is only minimal and it's nothing to worry about, health-wise. But if you have a history of blood pressure play safe and make sure to keep your doctor in the loop.
You are likely to sleep longer
Deep sleep is most common during Autumn. In fact, at this time of year most people sleep over 2 hours a day more than they do in other seasons. But the quality and depth of sleep will often not be as high as it is during the rest of the year, and you may end up feeling groggy during the day despite shut eye time. This is because the shorter days means less exposure to sunlight which is a major contributor to healthy sleep patterns.
You’re likely to communicate more via social platforms and the phone
When the weather becomes dark and dreary, many of us are less likely to want to go out after work, to parties or bars. But that won’t stop us keeping in close contact with our family and friends. With the everyday rise in social media we can easily keep abreast of what everyone is up to from the comfort of our own home.
You're more likely to become dehydrated
In the summer we're all aware that we need to keep ourselves hydrated. When hot we crave a cold glass of water but often don't feel the same as the weather cools down.
Many of us stop drinking the amount of water that we need to stay properly hydrated because our body isn't giving us the same reminders it did in the summer. Also, as the temperature drops, we tend to drink more diuretic drinks like coffee and tea, and those cause additional dehydration on their own. So remember to keep your water bottle on hand even when you don’t feel like it.
Your memory may improve
When the winter months arrive bearing snow and wind after the summer it can be a real downer. But there is a positive! When the weather deteriorates, studies have shown that our memory get better. Plus, cold and rainy days are great for our concentration and productivity. So as you say goodbye to October and November and ready yourself for the cold months ahead, take comfort in knowing your mind will be sharper.
Enjoy all it has to offer before December arrives!