How to Boost Your Energy Levels This Spring•
Posted on March 18 2022
Spring is here with us! The days are longer and the weather a lot nicer. For many people, springtime is perfect to do what they couldn't during the cold, winter months.
However, a downside of the seasonal change is the potential to cause a hormonal imbalance resulting in what's called, springtime fatigue.
What is Spring Fatigue?
While others revel in the spring sunshine and the bloom that comes with it, you may find yourself feeling lethargic and even sleepier.
This drop in energy levels is characteristic of spring fatigue, but what causes it exactly?
What Causes Spring Fatigue?
Typically, clocks get shifted behind in the fall and ahead in spring. The change in time causes sleep disruption in some.
When adjusting the clock in spring, the change could result in less sleep overall and darkness in the early morning hours, which the body was not accustomed to in winter.
It's common to experience less sleep, especially if you didn't plan accordingly in the week leading to the time change. As such, you may experience low energy levels during the first few days of spring as your internal body clock resets.
Seasonal, spring allergies are also a common cause of spring fatigue. Flowers often bloom and produce pollen during the season.
Allergens from the flowers can cause conditions such as allergic rhinitis, making it harder to sleep at night. Daytime drowsiness will follow suit and affect your overall quality of life and productivity.
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Brighter light conditions in spring may cause hormonal changes, namely fluctuations in serotonin (the happy hormone) and melatonin (the sleepy hormone).
In the spring, your body makes more serotonin because the days are longer, but the increased serotonin means your body has less time to make melatonin (the sleepy hormone) before bedtime.
Less melatonin before bedtime, means you may struggle with quality sleep.
This stresses the body and leaves you feeling fatigued until you fully adjust to the warmer weather.
Fortunately, a few sprays of magnesium oil before bed can actually help you fall asleep quicker.
Combatting Spring Fatigue
Low energy is the tell-tale sign of springtime fatigue, and here's how to combat it:
1. Eat a Healthy Diet
It's a no-brainer that if the body isn't properly nourished, you'll be left fatigued. That's particularly true as the spring season sets in. Eating fiber-rich foods like whole grains provides your body with the nutrients it needs to combat springtime fatigue.
Avoiding processed sugars and processed carbs can help with fatigue since they tend to produce a burst of energy before your energy crashes a short while later.
Likewise, eating small meals throughout the day rather than three large meals may also boost your energy levels this spring.
As spring sets in, you'll want to get out more and make up for whatever you missed during winter.
You're likely to lose more water as your activity levels increase. Spring fatigue is likely to linger as the body adjusts to the warmer weather if the lost water isn't replenished.
For this reason, it's best to hydrate even when you're not feeling thirsty. It will improve cell function and digestion while making up for the water lost through normal bodily functions.
Hydrating sufficiently will also make adjusting to spring weather easier on the body.
3. Eat Gut-Friendly Foods
Gut health significantly impacts your energy levels. An unhealthy gut can cause sleep disturbances such as poor sleep and insomnia, leading to chronic fatigue.
Also, much of the body's serotonin gets produced in the gut so having your digestive system in top shape to produce healthy hormones is crucial!
Gut health foods that can boost your energy levels include:
- Olive oil
If you experience fatigue in spring, you're not alone. Thankfully, there are many ways to combat the low energy levels.
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