Do you know how much daylight you’re getting each week?

With winter drawing in, getting out in the sun becomes a challenge and a new study has revealed the average Brit is seeing less than 10 hours of daylight a week during the winter period!

Get some winter sun to boost your mood

Shorter days, long working hours and desk-based lunch breaks are resulting in a serious shortage of daylight for the average working Brit.

A recent study by Healthspan has revealed that we’re getting just one hour and three minutes during the average winter work day, with 77 per cent of those surveyed claiming they have days where they fail to witness daylight at all.

More than three quarters of participants even admitted that they’ve had periods where they don’t go outside at all from Monday to Friday.

Weekends aren’t much better, with the average adult soaking up just two hours and four minutes of sunlight per day.

The shortage of sunlight isn’t something we just brush off, the study showed that it has negative effects on our daily lives.

Missing daylight leaves 56 per cent of us feeling more tired than usual and four in ten are more likely to be grumpy.

A third of those questioned also revealed that they’ve been worried that they may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D) due to a lack of sunlight and time outside.

Consequences of missing out on sunlight

  1. More tired/lethargic
  2. More grumpy
  3. Unmotivated
  4. Depressed
  5. Unfit
  6. Pale
  7. Unwell
  8. Unable to function properly
  9. Hungry
  10. Trouble concentrating or difficulties with sustained attention

Escape the short, dark days and head for some winter sun

Here’s how to grab yourself some winter sun in Europe.

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Or looking further afield…

Here’s our top destinations from Gatwick Airport for those looking for some winter sun

South Africa

Sunny times: October to March

Average winter temps*: 17 to 21-degrees C

Flying time: 12 hours

Flights only: From £550

Escape to South Africa

Escape to South Africa

Bermuda

Sunny times: November to March

Average winter temps*: 16 to 21-degrees C

Flying time: 7 hours

Flights only: From £650

Bermuda Beach

Bermuda Beach

Cyprus

Sunny times: October to November

Average winter temps*: 16 to 21-degrees C

Flying time: 4.5 hours

Flights only: From £190

Cyprus Seaside

Cyprus Seaside

Thailand

Sunny times: November to March

Average winter temps*: 18 to 32-degrees C

Flying time: 14 hours

Flights only: From £450

Thailand White Temple

Thailand White Temple

Canary Islands

Sunny times: Anytime

Average winter temps*: 17 – 21-degrees C

Flying time: 3.5 hours

Flights only: From £85

Canary Island - Crane Flower

Canary Island – Crane Flower

Top five winter sun destinations from Manchester Airport

Here’s our top destinations from Manchester Airport for those looking for some winter sun

Tobago

When to go: December to May

Average winter temperatures: 25 to 27-degrees

Flight time: 9 hours

Flights only: From £580

Tobago, Atlantic Beach

Tobago, Atlantic Beach

Goa

When to go: November to March

Average winter temperatures: 23 to 31-degrees C

Flight time: 9 hours

Flights only: From £450

Goa India

Goa India

Canary Islands

When to go: Anytime

Average winter temps: 17 – 21-degrees C

Canary Islands

When to go: Anytime

Average winter temps: 17 – 21-degrees C

Flying time: 4 hours

Flights only: From £85

Canaries Winter Sun Getaway

Canary Islands are always sunny and ideal for a Winter escape

Marrakech

When to go: November to March

Average winter temps: 18-degrees C

Flying time: 4 hours

Flights only: From £140

Marrakesh Winter Sun Getaway

Gatwick to Marrakech only 4 hours flying time for a winter respite

Miami

When to go: December to March

Average temperatures: 20 to 25-degrees C

Flying time: 9 hours

Flights only: From £450

Miami Winter Sun Getaway

Miami has average temperatures of 20 to 25°C


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