Uncommon Knowledge: Can you actually catch spring fever?

Spongester | UncommonGoodsThe term “spring fever” may conjure images of children bursting to get outside and play in the newly-pleasant weather, or even romantic couples swooning over each other. But the real spring fever is almost the exact opposite of those things, characterized by lack of energy and depressed mood. It’s not contagious, however. While there is medical debate about the causes of spring fever, the problem arises from how your body is adjusting to the change of season, rather than a virus. One possible cause, for example, is that, during the dark days of winter, your body has used up its reserves of serotonin, a hormone that promotes positive moods. As the days get longer and you get more exposure to sunlight, your body kicks into hormone production mode again, but that initial boom in production actually uses a lot of energy, leaving your body feeling temporarily sapped. Another theory is that rising temperatures case your blood vessels to expand, resulting in a drop in blood pressure. But whatever the cause, there is one certain cure: summer.

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Written by Nathan

Nathan is a copywriter, who helps create our product descriptions as well as our weekly emails. He is also a nationally award-winning musical theater writer, whose work includes an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver. Nathan has also been a classical violinist, tutored Kazakhstani jewelers in entrepreneurship, created large-scale games played across entire city blocks, served as a missionary in South Korea, conducted experiments in sonoluminescence, co-founded an exotic fruit-growing business, was a theater critic for Tucson Weekly, and as a teenager composed a women’s jazz quartet that is currently performed around the world.


  1. Judy Jacobs

    I had been under the impression that before modern refrigerated rail cars, grocery freezer cases, and imported foods, most people lived on the food harvested and stored during warm weather. As spring arrived, before early crops were available, the nutritional content of those items in the root cellar, as well as their plenitude, may have decreased, so along with having to work harder and longer to put in new crops, deliver spring lambs, repair stone fences, etc., our ancestors were increasingly malnourished and sickly, hence, spring fever.

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