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Does Spring have a Dark Side?

Friday, May 14, 2010


Spring fever – it’s not just a myth. Scientists have found that many biological and behavioral processes follow seasonal cycles. During spring, people generally feel more energetic, enthusiastic and amorous, while at the same time listless and restless. However, there can be a dark side to spring fever. This season brings with it an increase in insomnia, vehicle accidents, criminal activity and suicide. For those who suffer from wintertime depression, they can become more energetic and impulsive in the spring, which can lead to poor judgment.

So why do we feel different in the spring? Scientists say it has more to do with increased daylight than warmer weather. Our bodies are producing less melatonin, which means an increase in sex drive, enthusiasm and confidence. In addition to light, our senses are bombarded with fragrant aromas, soft winds and beautiful flowers.

Become aware of how the changing seasons affect you personally. Take your time easing into spring. Try to keep a regular routine of exercise and drink lots of water. It will help you make a smoother transition so you can enjoy “spring fever.”


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