Spring Fever! Is it Real?
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A little bird, he told me so,
He said come, get on the go
Open your eyes the sky is full of butterflies
The blossoms on the trees stir up the honey bees
Spring makes my fever right.
Spring fever, Spring is here at last
Spring fever, my heart’s beating fast
Get up, get out spring is everywhere.
Spring Fever -Elvis Presley
Spring is in the air, now most of the country are enjoying temperatures in the 70’s. OK, it is not officially spring. Vernal Equinox, that time of year when the daylight and darkness hours are equal, marks the beginning of spring officially occurring on March 19 at 12:30 PM EDT.
Why is it in spring we seem to get an energy boost, we become vibrant, alert, and enthusiastic. We want to attack cleaning the garage and rotate the snow blower to the back of the garage and maneuver the lawnmower to the front. It is spring housecleaning with a vengeance, even to the point of cleaning the windows! Our attention takes us from the inside of offices, classrooms, and home to the wishes to enjoy the great outdoors.
Amazingly, there is a scientific explanation for this behavior. Our bodies have several hormones for regulating many functions of our complex bodies. Two hormones that are considered responsible for our breaking out with Spring Fever are melatonin and serotonin.
The human body has increased levels of melatonin in the winter months. Melatonin’s purpose is to direct our sleep/wake cycles. The eyes have an extremely light-sensitive tissue. As daylight hours lengthen, the eyes flag the body to decrease melatonin production. This reduced level of melatonin, in turn, yields an increased alertness.
Along with the decrease in melatonin, there is an increase in serotonin. It is this neurotransmitter that is effective in elevating one’s mood, overcoming depression or the winter blahs, and that sense of renewed vigor.