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Spring Fatigue: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

  1. Many people are familiar with spring fatigue. The first warm days of the year lead to fatigue, listlessness, irritability and mood swings in many people. When temperatures rise, about one in two people in the Netherlands feels irritable and exhausted, tired and lethargic. It takes the body about four weeks to get used to spring temperatures. Spring fatigue is probably related to hormones. As the days get longer, your body automatically adjusts hormone levels. In the winter you produce more of the sleep hormone melatonin. But when spring comes, your body responds to being light for longer by releasing more serotonin, the activity hormone. This change can put a heavy strain on the body, which can make you feel tired for a few weeks until your body adjusts to this situation. Usually spring fatigue lasts about 2-3 weeks, in the months of March and April.


  1. Spring fatigue symptoms usually appear from mid-March to mid-April and differ in humans. The most common symptoms are fatigue (despite getting enough sleep), sensitivity to the weather, dizziness, poor circulation, irritability, mood swings, headaches, sometimes body aches and lethargy

Who is affected?

  1. Not everyone suffers from spring fatigue. Especially weather-sensitive people are affected. In addition, the phenomenon of spring fatigue is mainly felt by people who already have low blood pressure

Spring Fatigue Treatment

  1. Self-care

Outlook and forecast

  1. Spring fatigue is a common complaint that usually disappears within a few weeks. Spring fatigue can often be treated with self-care measures. In smokers in particular, the symptoms may appear more intense and negatively impact the quality of life of the affected person. Likewise, a healthy diet and an overall healthy lifestyle can


  1. Good health and a healthy lifestyle ensure the body's energy balance and are a good basis for preventing spring fatigue. A balanced diet consists of fresh fruits and vegetables, complex carbohydrates, low-fat dairy products, and moderate amounts of lean meat, poultry, and fish. Consuming high-fat foods and sweets or other high-sugar products, as well as ongoing or chronic stress

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