Spring fatigue is not considered an illness, but once people recognize the symptoms, they can also fight this indisposition and start producing serotonin, also known as the hormone responsible for happiness. Because this specific hormone cannot be produced without daylight, melatonin, called the hormone of sleep prevails, but since Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins on Sunday, March 30, it represents the perfect timing to try to “cure” the indisposition which causes constant tiredness, difficulty in attention and concentration, lack of appetite, headaches, lack of motivation, anxiety and low energy levels.
Recognizing and fighting spring fatigue is essential not only at work, but also in when it comes to safety; a study carried out in 2009 and published in the Journal of Applied Psychology analyzed 576,292 mining injuries between 1983 and 2006. According to the research, during average Mondays, the moderate on-the-job injuries among coal miners was 63, but on the Monday after the switch to Daylight Saving Time, the number of injuries increased by 5.7 percent. Moreover, spring fatigue is the only indisposition causing this phenomenon, since autumn change does not cause the numbers to soar.
Government reports also show that Daylight Saving Time is also responsible for an enhanced number of car accidents, which occur due to changes in lighting or fatigue, which is representative for this period.
In order to avoid feeling sleepy and tired, changes should be made with regard to diet, exercise and relaxation. As far as food is concerned, good nutrition during this transitional period means indulging in oatmeal, spinach and pomegranate. Oatmeal is known as a healthy choice for breakfast, but it also represents a way of fighting spring fatigue; thanks to the protein, magnesium and vitamin B nutrients it contains, levels of energy are immediately boosted and the fatigue is rapidly eradicated.
Iron is essential when it comes to energy production, and the best way to obtain it is by eating spinach. At the same time, pomegranate, thanks to its mix of vitamins A, B, C and E, potassium and magnesium stimulates the appetite which suffered because of the type of fatigue that occurs during springtime.
Tips and Tricks
Recognizing and fighting spring fatigue is essential in order to maintain the energy levels at a balanced rate and perform well not only at work, but also at home. Therefore, it is important to understand that hydration is a golden rule and drinking between 1,5 and two litres of water per day will immediately solve problems like headaches, tiredness and exhaustion.
Taking cold showers in the morning will not only favor blood circulation, but also offer a good feeling, thus fighting spring fatigue. Moreover, when this indisposition hits, it is important to know how to relax and sauna or massage could become handy treatments that can eliminate fatigue caused by the changing of the seasons. Any kind of exercise, combined with a diet rich in vitamin D also helps people fight symptoms like constant tiredness, difficulty in attention and concentration, lack of appetite, headaches, lack of motivation, anxiety and low energy levels. Although spring fatigue is not considered an illness, recognizing and fighting it will prevent people from experimenting the signs which make it impossible to concentrate and stay positive.
By Gabriela Motroc