Spring fever – still tired all the time?
Nature awakens and many people are tired – the spring fatigue sends its regards. What helps against collective yawning? Goodbye down jacket, welcome to shorts! Delicate sunrays lure into the open air. Gorgeous! If only there was not this nasty fatigue, which is often accompanied by headaches and dizziness and is classified in their overall package as “spring fatigue”. A common phenomenon without disease value, says medicine, sheer imagination, say skeptics.
Yet, well, half of all men and women complain of malaise between March and May. “In our brain act different messengers that are extremely light and temperature-dependent and therefore can play crazy,” says Univ. Prof. Dr. Manfred Walzl, director of the Institute of Sleep Medicine at the private clinic Hansa in Graz, explains the seasonal drowsiness, “our body needs some time, sometimes even several weeks, to bring the hormones back into balance.” How can you support him?
In winter, the entire “human system” is in energy-saving mode. In the physiological control center certain hormones circulate: “In cold and low light we produce more of the ‘sleep hormone’ melatonin and less serotonin, which is a kind of ‘plaster dressing’ for the soul,” says the specialist in neurology and psychiatry. Walzl: “That makes us sleepier, but also sadder.” Spring, with its lengthening days, not only brings back the longed-for light hours, but also lets us pour out more happiness hormones. Around the middle of March begins the “era” of serotonin. In an exuberance of euphoria join a few allies to it. Dopamine and endorphin provide a concentrated mood high, but not all of them enjoy it. Thus, depressive people feel their illness even more than usual when all around them are awake. They are less able to cope with the rapid hormonal changes – much like people with broken feet do not marathon.
Temperature change sets to the vessels
In principle, each cell follows its own internal clock. The change from winter to summer does not happen synchronously in all organs. Figuratively speaking, this may mean: while the thyroid gland is still polarized on winter, the heart beats already in time with the spring fever. With so many wheels it can ever crunch at the season change in the transmission. This is especially true with regard to the circulation and the vessels. “The blood vessels change their cross section when heated,” says Walzl. At tepid temperatures, they get bigger – which, according to the experts, can lead to problems with the circulation. Because dilated arteries and veins cause the blood pressure to drop. Affected are above all persons with generally labile circulation, women as well as older and frail humans. The altered daily rhythm and the new weather conditions add to the organism in existing underlying diseases in addition to.
Nobody has to wait inactively until the neurobiological budget has regained its balance. On the contrary, the more actively you approach Lenz, the faster your body and inner clock will readjust.
Moved to life. Heavy eyelids make you want to rest on the couch. With the result that you become even slower. Exercise helps, improves blood circulation and gives the body momentum.
Out of the belly. After the culinary luscious winter months, a varied, vitamin-rich diet is one of the best munch makers. If you eat light food, spread over several, smaller portions, relieves the body in the digestive work and thus prevents fatigue.
Walzl also advises to use natural powers: “The intake of magnesium, brown rice, soy, camomile and nettle tea, St. John’s wort (tea) and even chocolate is recommended. Also good: leave one tablespoon of flaxseed in half a liter of water overnight. The next morning, chew well the swollen linseed and drink liquid. “In addition, the plant kingdom contains ginger, maca, ginseng and algae.
Water, march! Already, when the body is slightly dried out, this can be felt in the form of fatigue and dizziness. “Even a minus of two percent fluid in the circulation reduces concentration and attention by 20 percent,” says the sleep researcher. To prevent this, 1.5 to 2.5 liters of liquid should be refilled throughout the day.
Alternatively, cold-warm. Different temperature stimuli invigorate the circulation and stimulate the metabolism. Changing showers revitalize body and mind. At the beginning, there are four repetitions in order: warm, cold, warm, cold.
More light please! UV light striking the eye’s retina gives the pineal gland the signal to start the day’s work. Who wants to use light as a natural timer, should therefore refuel as much daylight outdoors. Accompanying this, in some cases, “the influence of light in the strength of at least 2,000 lux, which can be obtained via light therapy lamps, make sense,” said the expert.
Tired without end
For persistent symptoms that do not improve by appropriate lifestyle measures, a doctor should be consulted. The extreme drowsiness can also indicate a disease:
Allergies. Harmless substances mistakenly regarded as foreign body works the immune system in allergies overactive. Increasingly produced cytokines, in other words small controls for cell growth, cause inflammation that tires them. Even antihistamines, used against allergic reactions drugs can make you sleepy and should therefore be taken in the evening.
Opens external link in new windowDepressions. While spring fatigue is more of a nuisance, depression is a serious illness with serious implications. If the physical adjustment problems remain unchanged after a maximum of four weeks and add to the fatigue about interest and joyless, self-doubt and guilt, may be a mental illness. Diagnosed early, depression is treatable well and nothing to be ashamed of.
Metabolic diseases. In hypothyroidism, the butterfly organ forms too few thyroid hormones.
This slows down the entire metabolism. Diabetes is associated with fatigue in addition to a variety of other health problems. A blood picture provides information about it.
Infectious diseases. Fatigue and infections usually go hand in hand. Sometimes the body also sends exhaustion symptoms of a cold ahead, signaling its need for rest and relaxation.
Deficiencies. Anemia caused by iron deficiency, but also by bottlenecks of vitamin B12 or folic acid can limit the performance of the body. Similar causes also a deficiency of vitamin D.
Source: Medizin Populaer