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Beat spring fever

5 October, 2016

Beat spring fever

Spring fever is a seasonal disorder affected by the clocks changing and a temperature increase. Our biological clocks have to adapt to the new climate and that takes up energy.

Spring fever is characterised by a series of fatigue-related symptoms that affect a large number of people during spring. Although we are unable to categorically confirm that there is scientific evidence to support this, we do agree that many people start to suffer physical and emotional discomfort when spring arrives, which affects interpersonal relationships and their facing daily routines.

Rather than being a psychopathological disorder, it is a temporary disorder related to the changing of the clocks and the increased temperature.

Spring fever symptoms are general tiredness, drowsiness, a lack of motivation and concentration, bewilderment, irritability, and a loss of appetite and libido. However, these symptoms can occur throughout the year, and their consequences may have multiple causes.

During spring our bodies must adapt to new light and temperature conditions, as well as changes in humidity and atmospheric pressure.

When the good weather arrives, our biological clock must adapt to the new temperature, which consumes energy that is normally used for our usual activities.

art1510-combatir-astenia-primaveral_sThis could be because there are fewer plasma beta-endorphins (responsible for regulating the body's wellbeing), which may be due to there being more pollen in the atmosphere or because of mood-related processes. What is certain is that perceived health depends on each person. For example, drowsiness can make some people feel low before the clocks go forward, whereas the additional light can encourage others to be more active.

Our biological clock is programmed by the external stimuli that we perceive and one of them is without a doubt light. It is a basic element and a change to the number of hours that we can enjoy natural light influences our health. This is proven in countries with much fewer hours of light, as there are significantly more cases of depression.

Light really does synchronise all of the cycles that occur in our bodies. Some specialised cells found in the retina are responsible for sending information to an area in the brain that stores the clock that allocates a time for each of the processes that occur in our bodies. It is called the suprachiasmatic nucleus, which is found in the hypothalamus.

What happens when spring arrives and the temperature increases and there is more daylight cannot be considered as a causal effect. However, this may accelerate other biological, psychological and social processes, which could affect some people’s normal functioning, causing significant discomfort, and which may require them to consult a specialist.

Spring fever, which is considered to be transitory, does not require any specific treatment, but those who suffer from it are recommended to follow an adaptation process, so that they get used to the new light and temperature conditions that await the arrival of good weather that comes with summer.

If you suffer from spring fever you are recommended to start an adaptation process a couple of weeks before the clocks go forward. Try regulating the time you sleep, and start moving the clock forward little by little until you reach the actual time. Start doing short bursts of gentle exercise, and regulate when you sleep and eat, and follow a healthy and balanced diet, rich in vegetables, fruit and cereals. Enjoy your free time with friends and spend time with your loved ones. All of these activities will encourage your body to combat the reluctance and apathy that spring fever can make us feel. Following this plan can help you get through this transitory period without any type of help, which does not usually last any more than 15 days.

If this doesn't seem to work, you should consult a specialist to rule out or detect any illness or disorder that could be being masked by spring fever.

Moreover, any of the food supplements that contain Maca, Guarana or concentrated Royal JellyGuarana, Siberian Ginseng, Taurine, Ginseng and Liquorice are especially recommended for beating spring fever.