By Dr. Gabrielle Francis
Goodbye S. A. D.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (S. A. D.) is that low mood and mild depression that many people experience in the winter months. S. A. D. was documented by researchers in the 1980s and is known to be the result of the shorter days and limited sunlight causing higher levels of melatonin. This leads to more fatigue and sleepiness and in some people a bit of depression.
“Sun lights up the daytime
Moon lights up the night
I light up when you call my name
And you know I’m gonna treat you right”
Hello Spring Fever
As the spring arrives there is a departure from the depression and blues of the winter. This is attributed to the body’s chemistry and internal body clock responding to the increase in Sunlight. Melatonin decreases, serotonin increases and endorphins are on the rise. All of this can lead to a sense of “elation and euphoria” that comes in the early days of spring. I don’t know many people that would mind that! The longer sunny days have an impact on our psychology and physiology.
“Everybody’s got the fever
That is something you all know
Fever isn’t such a new thing
Fever started long ago”
Here are some of the welcome symptoms of Spring Fever
High energy, loss of appetite, lack of sleep, yearning to break away, desire for love, inflated grandiosity, and an uninhibited pursue of the chase.
“You give me fever
When you kiss me
Fever when you hold me tight
Fever! in the morning Fever all through the night”
“Fever” by Peggy Lee
Love Is Air
Love is air during the spring. The increase in sunlight causes an increase in testosterone, estrogen, and serotonin. The sperm counts are also higher in the spring.