Spring fever

Spring tiredness is a concept for most people. The first warm days of the year cause many people to tiredness, fatigue, dizziness and circulatory problems in the spring. When the temperatures rise, every second in Germany feels irritated and beaten, tired and impotent. The body takes about four weeks to get used to the spring temperatures.

Fatigue in the spring

In addition, weather changes such as the capricious April weather often cause the adjustment period to be prolonged: the constant changes between warm and cold put a strain on the circulation, especially for people who are sensitive to the weather: especially when temperatures rise, the blood vessels dilate and blood pressure drops. Although you can do nothing against the weather conditions, the typical symptoms of spring fatigue can be beaten to a tolerable degree with sun, air, exercise and proper nutrition.

Spring tiredness: cause

When the days get longer and the temperatures rise, our body starts to get slow, because the inner clock has to change. The cause of the spring fatigue is not yet clear. But it is clear that the two endogenous hormones serotonin and melatonin are involved in the symptoms such as dizziness, circulatory problems or fatigue.

  • Serotonin is responsible for the activation of the body and good mood. The hormone is produced under the influence of light. The light stimuli enter the hypothalamus, a hormone gland in the brain that controls serotonin production. The more and longer our body is exposed to natural light, the more serotonin it can produce. The increased sunshine in spring thus stimulates our serotonin production.
  • With the increase of serotonin the production of melatonin is throttled at the same time. The so-called sleep hormone ensures that we can sleep well at night.
  • The formation of both hormones in the body is thus significantly regulated by the amount of light: In winter, when it gets dark outside early, is the message to the body rather "hibernate", while the spring light "waking" signals.

5 tips against spring fatigue: What to do?

  1. Lots of exercise and walks in the sunlight stimulate the hormone balance.
  2. Changing showers cure the immune system and get ready for the beginning of spring.
  3. Hardening is good, but not overwhelming. End an active day with a cozy evening.
  4. Lots of vegetables, fruits, lean meat, whole grains and legumes displace winter bacon.
  5. Constant tiredness, fatigue and concentration problems can be helped by vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
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