Is Spring Fever For Real?

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Is spring fever real?  According to science and many experts, it is.  Spring fever is the term we use to describe the physical and psychological symptoms associated with spring’s arrival.  Oddly enough and clinically speaking, spring fever has a multitude of symptoms that can be total opposites of each other.  Even the dictionary acknowledges the opposite features of spring fever.

Spring Fever Is Defined As:

1.       A feeling of invigoration and restlessness associated with the arrival of warm weather and nature’s renewal

2.       A feeling of laziness or listlessness associated with the arrival of the spring season

Spring Fever Is Invigorating:

Many of us that live in the northern hemisphere experience a certain amount of hibernation throughout the winter months.  Granted, we don’t hibernate like the bears but to a certain extent, our bodies do store up for winter.  Activity and energy levels are often lower in cold weather than in the warmer months.  The symptoms of the winter doldrums can manifest as headaches, aching joints, lack of energy or the feeling of constantly being tired. Weather often affects our daily mood and our overall feeling of well-being on a daily basis.

So when spring arrives, we are ready for some action.  Happiness hormones kick into high gear from the added sunlight and increased activity levels.  Through a complex series of events, the brain signals the body that the hibernation period is over.  Melatonin levels decrease and the replenished reserves of serotonin increase.  Other hormones are also released giving us a feeling of refreshment.  Both the additional light and increased activity levels play a part in the restlessness of spring fever.

Symptoms of spring fever can be as simple as daydreaming. The feelings of desire may be renewed in the spring not just regarding sexual appetites but also a desire to do something, go someplace, and achieve something.  While these symptoms may be defined by moods, they are also very distinct while in the grip of spring fever.

Spring Fever Causes Weariness:

A mood typically characterized by low amounts of energy and consistent feelings of being tired all the time are experienced by a number of people in the spring.  This is not a diagnosed illness but it is a fascinating phenomenon brought about by the change from the winter season to spring.  First called Frühjahrsmüdigkeit in Germany, it translates only as spring fever.

This temporary disorder is a result of the hormones being unbalanced or in a state of flux while the body strains to readjust itself thus causing the feelings of weariness.  Daytime fluctuations in temperature and can also cause measurable changes in blood pressure.  These things combined may cause the body to feel tired, giving you a general feeling of lethargy. As the season continues, the symptoms disappear and the mood passes.