Spring fever has a long history, a phrase used to describe a range of physical and psychological symptoms related to the onset of spring.
These include increased energy, vitality and particularly sexual appetite, often particularly strong in those suffering from depression and anxiety associated with changes in the seasons.
Dr. Andrew Arnold talks about clinical Chiropractic practice having noticed many patients complain about joint pain is far worse at the onset of spring.
I’m not sure why but maybe it relates to changes in air temperature and humidity which in turn impacts the fluid dynamic of the joints. It certainly seems to be more impactful than in the middle of winter.
Other symptoms include: Weariness, sensitivity to changes in the weather, dizziness, irritability and headaches.
Other proposed causes relate to hormone balance or imbalance as the case may be! The “happiness hormone” Serotonin needs daylight to be produced, and therefore is naturally less over winter. When Serotonin levels are low, Melatonin kicks in, this is the sleep hormone. In addition, as the days lengthen When the days more Endorphins and Estrogens are released. This changeover puts a heavy strain on the body, which responded with a feeling of tiredness.
In addition, temperature fluctuations cause changes in blood pressure which creates symptoms.
Food also plays a role. In winter one tends to consume more calories, fat, and carbohydrates than in summer.
So maybe Spring Fever is real…or not! Either way, this particular change in season definitely rocks our worlds one way or another.