Is ‘spring fever’ real?

According to the medical profession, spring fever is not just a state of mind, but a physical process that occurs due to hormone and chemical changes in our body.

April is typically the month people in the northern hemisphere feel it most.

Signs you have spring feverSpring-Fever

  • Increase in energy
  • Sense of restlessness – a need to crawl out of hibernation
  • Day-dream about summer
  • Feel romantic
  • Bored with everyday tasks
  • Crave lighter eating (fresh fruits and vegetables).
  • Watch for renewed blooming colours
  • Respond to weather factors such as wind, barometric pressure and temperature.
  • Feel the need to shed heavy clothing.

Why?

The answer has to do with the complex relationship between sunlight, melatonin and serotonin.

The increase in daylight during the spring triggers a change in the amounts of hormones our brains produce.  When sunlight hits the optic nerve it reduces the amount of melatonin (the sleep controlling hormone) and increases the serotonin (which elevates your “happy mood”).

Also, during the winter, most people consume more calories, fat and carbohydrates. They may also eat fewer fruits and vegetables, as fewer are in season in the colder months.

How to cure Spring Fever

Physical outdoor activity is a terrific mood-booster.

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Do you have Spring Fever?

Check these symptoms…

Interested in learning more?

Here are some sources to read:

http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/emotions/sun-happiness1.htm

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fact-or-fiction-spring-fever-is-a-real-phenomenon/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health-advisor/is-there-really-such-a-thing-as-spring-fever/article18863845/

http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/13426/1/What-Is-Spring-Fever.html