New Delhi: The winter solstice, which takes place on Friday, marks the shortest day and longest night of 2018 for people living in the Northern Hemisphere. This astronomical phenomenon also marks the beginning of the colder months, which means youre more likely to get sick – common cold, flu – compared to the rest of the year. But, does the Winter solstice affect your body, including your sex life? Apparently, changes in weather can have a profound impact on your health – both physically and mentally. Scientific research has shown that freezing temperatures can affect your mind and body in many unexpected ways, ranging from lacking the creativity to the susceptibility of developing migraines. Here are four strange ways how the cold weather can affect you -physiologically and psychologically. Read – Winter Health Tips: 7 possible reasons you are freezing all the time and tips to keep your hands warm The problem is that cold weather can cause your blood pressure and cholesterol levels to rise, putting you at an increased risk of a heart attack. In fact, a recent study done by researchers from the Lund University in Sweden found that a persons chances of having a heart attack raised by 37 per cent particularly around 10 p.m. on Christmas eve. Diabetes Winter isnt just a cold and flu season. According to Diabetes.co.uk, people with diabetes tend to have higher HbA1c levels over the winter months than during the warmer months. As the temperature drops, your blood sugar levels can creep up. The fact is that both cold and hot weather can impact your diabetes management and care. Low sex drive The winter months could also mean youre less likely to get intimate with your partner. Thats because the bodys production of testosterone declines during the winter, from November through April, hence, the reproductive rates are higher in summer. Read – Four main factors that affect your sex drive; simple steps to boost your libido Depression Considering the limited amount of sunlight that you get in winter, your serotonin levels can drop, which may make you feel a little moody and trigger depression. Theres scientific evidence supporting the link between winter and depression in people suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD).