The sun’s shining, the temperature’s rising, and nature’s bursting into life. Spring is here, and the days are getting longer again. But some people enjoy this time of year less than others. For many, the first days of spring bring fatigue, oversensitivity to changes in the weather, and problems with their circulation. According to the Gesundheitsförderung Schweiz public health organisation, spring fever hits around half the Swiss population every year. Between mid-March and mid-April those affected feel lethargic, groggy and irritated.
Spring fever isn’t an illness. It’s a condition brought on by the transition from winter to summer time. A hormonal change in our bodies is said to be one of the main causes. Serotonin, the so-called happiness hormone, is produced under the influence of light. Serotonin levels decline in winter when the body’s exposed to less light, and rise again when the days start getting longer. At the same time, spring sees a decline in levels of melatonin, the hormone that regulates our sleeping/waking cycle, which is produced in greater amounts in winter. It takes several weeks before the body has restored the hormone balance.
The change in temperature can also be tough on the system. When it starts getting warm again the blood vessels dilate and blood pressure falls, resulting in tiredness and exhaustion.
Spring fever isn’t a threat to your health and will go away by itself. But you can help the process along by following a few tips: