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Defeat spring tiredness with light and fresh air
Spring fatigue is one of the typical symptoms after the long, dark winter. Persistent yawning, heavy legs, coughing and runny nose are classic symptoms that many people suffer from when the days get brighter and longer. The expert Werner Cassel explains where spring tiredness comes from and what helps against it.
Sleep deficit leads to spring tiredness
Werner Cassel, graduate psychologist from the sleep medicine center of the University Hospital Gießen and Marburg explains: “One reason for this is an undetected sleep deficit. When the days get longer, most people involuntarily go to bed a little later and wake up a little earlier. ”In the summer-winter difference, this can result in up to half an hour of sleep deficit per night. "This is recovery time that is lacking for now," explains the expert.
Cassel further reports that hibernation lasts longer than summer sleep. Therefore it is "less dense". "The overall sleep will be a bit shallower." This is not a problem as long as the sleep lasts longer, but this is often not observed due to the shorter nights in spring.
In addition, the foods that were on the menu during winter were sweet and high in fat. however, the body needs food rich in nutrients and vitamins. This weakens the immune system, especially in winter, explains Cassel. "That also makes you tired - and prone to infections. So most people get their big cold in March rather than December. ”
Imbalance in the hormonal balance also causes spring tiredness. The human organism goes through a transition phase, in which it adjusts from darker and shorter winter days to more brightness and longer days in spring. The hormone melatonin, which is formed in the brain in the so-called pineal gland (epiphysis), has a major influence on the day-night rhythm in the organism. This has to switch to a reduced distribution. In addition, the hormone serotonin, which affects both the sleep rhythm and mood, is increasingly released by the brightness. It may take a few weeks for these functions to work out. Despite the warming rays of the sun, many people suffer from fatigue, tiredness and mood swings.
What helps with spring tiredness? Spring-weary should often move in the fresh air and eat fresh, healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to stimulate the organism to adapt to the new environmental conditions as quickly as possible. An alternating shower in the morning and rubbing with a brush lead to the activation of the circulation. Drinking plenty of fluids, preferably water, also helps stimulate and remove toxins. Affected people should also make sure they have enough sleep. (ag)
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