The first cherry blossoms are already blooming, but we are still yawning. The culprit is springtime fatigue, which is anything but a medical fairytale: almost 70 percent of the population suffers from it from mid-March to mid-April. One reason for this is the temperature change that unfortunately often occurs during spring: as soon as it gets a little warmer, the blood vessels dilate and blood pressure drops. On days when it’s colder outside, the blood vessels constrict and the blood pressure rises. This constant up and down is stressful for our body and why we are constantly tired.
Not to mention that our body also has to contend with a hormonal roller coaster, which, according to researchers at Georgetown University, is particularly responsible for springtime fatigue. This is due to the fact that in winter, our body produces mainly melatonin, a hormone that makes us tired. As soon as we get more light, the happiness-hormone serotonin is released again. This would actually be a good thing if we still didn’t have so much melatonin in our bodies leftover from wintertime. It’s a perfect storm of hormones that makes it difficult to wake up in spite of getting enough sleep.
Luckily there are ways of combating this fatigue:
Don’t wear sunglasses
Daylight and the sun boost serotonin production and automatically put us in a better mood. So: even if it’s a bit bright, leave your sunglasses off for a while and fill up on light. Because UV rays can only regulate the happiness-hormone when they hit the retina directly.
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