Spring Time Hormone Changes
As you slowly come out of your home cave from winter hibernation, you’ll notice something in the spring time air – and it’s not just that Tri-State pollen! After a few months cooped up inside, we all have a little spring fever and are ready to get out of the house. That energy surge, in whatever form it takes, is a function of longer days and lots more sunlight, says Michael Smolensky, PhD, professor at the University of Texas-Houston School of Public Health. He is co-author of the book The Body Clock Guide to Better Health. In fact, many facets of everyday life are governed by seasonal patterns as well as circadian rhythms — our internal biological clock, Smolensky says. “These are the rhythms of life, and we take them for granted,” he says. “People accept the fact that our bodies are organized in space — that our toes are at the end of our feet, and the hairs on our head stand up. But we give little thought to the fact that our bodies are structured in time.”
Spring Brings Changes in Hormones
When seasons change, the retina — the inner layer of the eye that connects to the brain through the optic nerve — naturally reacts to the first subtle signs in the amount of daylight, says Sanford Auerbach, MD, director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Boston University. This reaction triggers hormonal changes, including an adjustment in melatonin, a hormone that affects sleep cycles and mood changes. During the longer and darker days of winter, our bodies produce more melatonin. This hormone is what causes seasonal affective disorder. The extra production can trigger a winter depression, but in the spring, when production goes down due to an increase in sunlight exposure, SAD goes away. “There’s more daylight, so people have more energy, sleep a little less,” Auerbach says.
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