Spring fatigue: That’s why we are often tired in spring!

Although the days are getting longer and the temperatures are slowly rising, many people would like to just lie there all day. Spring fatigue usually accompanies us in March and April, but why are we so particularly tired in spring?

Why we would like to lie down despite the nice weather and longer days:

Spring fatigue: reasons and causes

Changes in the weather and longer days confuse our internal clock at first. The hormones  serotonin  and melatonin in particular have an influence on the sleep rhythm and can be responsible for the frequent complaints such as  circulatory problems , dizziness and tiredness.

  • Serotonin  activates the body and is said to lift the spirits. The hormone is produced under the influence of light in the hypothalamus, a endocrine gland in the brain. The more light stimuli our body receives, the more serotonin is produced. More light and sun exposure therefore ensures increased serotonin production.
  • The sleep hormone  melatonin  is directly related to serotonin. It is reduced by the excessive production of the happiness hormone. However, melatonin is responsible for our restful sleep, which results in  spring  fatigue.
  • It can take two to three weeks for both hormones to balance each other out.
  • The  constant change in weather puts  additional strain on the body. Warm air and more sun expand the diameter of the vessels, which in turn lowers blood pressure. This phenomenon also contributes to spring fatigue.

So spring fatigue is not a myth. The body needs some time to get used to the warmer, sunny days.

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