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7 Ways Fall Messes With Your Brain and Body

Many changes take place in our surroundings come fall—the leaves start to turn from lush green to vibrant reds, yellows, oranges, and golds; it starts to get dark earlier in the evenings; and there’s a crisp nip in the air that calls for knit layers. However, as autumn gradually whisks away summer, the changing season can also impact the human body and mood.

Here are seven mind and body changes that we experience with fall…

1. We Sleep More

If you feel the urge to hit snooze and crawl back into bed at your normal wake up time, you’re not alone. According to a Harvard study, hypersomnia, or the tendency to oversleep is common during early autumn. In fact, findings show that most individuals sleep an extra 2.7 hours each day starting in October versus any other month of the year.

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