Since the Germany-wide sun flood at the end of March at the latest, I think we all have spring on our minds. My walking route is now lined with crocus meadows, where there was still snow a few weeks ago, daffodils, where mud puddles had spread and the sun can be seen more and more often. It is much easier for me to concentrate again, I am in a better mood and I notice more and more how much more energy I have left at the end of a working day.
And while I was recently doing my rounds through the living room with the vacuum cleaner to Whitney Houston’s “I wanna dance with somebody”, the question came into my head, what is actually going on in my body, that I’m from a couch potato living in yoga pants I’ve mutated into a karaoke cleaning fairy dancing uninhibitedly. Look familiar to you? Then this is where it gets interesting!
HORMONIC RULES – ALSO OUR MOOD
We’ve all probably come across melatonin and serotonin, at least by name. But here again a little recap of the chemistry lesson: Melatonin is a sleep hormone, serotonin is a neurotransmitter, i.e. a messenger substance that has a mood-enhancing effect. And then testosterone comes into play, the male sex hormone is increasingly released in the spring, which increases the desire for completely different activities than living room dance sessions. If you are wondering what happens to the ladies: Unfortunately, mother (hormone) nature did not put such jokes in our cradle, but there are still enough studies that show that women also have an increased libido in spring. But let’s be honest: do we really need studies to find out, or do we trust our own experiences? Just saying …
But back to the point: Spring increases the desire for physical contact. In addition, the increased sunlight suppresses the sleep hormone melatonin, which really boosts our metabolism. In addition, the sun’s rays cause the messenger substance serotonin to be released more, which can even trigger a real euphoria. The result of this wonderful interaction: We are more active, more energetic, feel better and develop an affinity for 80s dance music (or is it just me?).