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12th Jan 2024

Research says women are grumpier than men during winter months

Jody Coffey


If you don’t love me in winter, you don’t deserve me in summer.

I think we can all collectively agree that the weather lately has been bone-chillingly cold.

As we know, the weather can play a huge role in influencing our moods; it just so happens that women tend to be more affected.

A poll of 2,011 adults found that 60 percent of women report having bouts of bad moods between December and February, compared to 48 percent of men.

The leading reason for the dip in morale was, of course, the weather, with 87 percent of women blaming the temperatures for a poor mood.

Meanwhile, 81 percent of men felt it was a lack of sunshine that impacted their moods.

With this in mind, the poll found that 42 percent of all adults are more likely to book a holiday during cold snaps to give them something to look forward to, with 32 percent more likely to do this now than they were five years ago.

Feeling the sun on their skin (55 percent), being outside (53 percent), and generally warmer weather (61 percent) were the top things people admitted to missing during the winter.

The research, commissioned by Jet2Holidays, also revealed that almost half of participants (44 percent) said they would get rid of the changing clocks.

It found that 23 percent believed it’s an outdated tradition, and 34 percent would love to see more daylight during the winter months.

Under half of respondents also claimed to take a vitamin D supplement during the winter, and 23 percent kept their curtains or blinds open as long as possible during the darker months.

Almost every adult in the research (98 percent) said they were aware of the importance sunshine had for their wellbeing, with 85 percent admitting a holiday had a positive affect on them.