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Spring Fever: Why You Feel Different With The Change In Season

Posted: 03/21/2012 8:17 am Updated: 03/21/2012 10:06 am

All of a sudden, we're delighting in lingering sunshine, warm breezes and bare legs. If where you live is anything like New York City this week, then you might find yourself battling a bout of spring fever. Perhaps you're easily distracted and less productive than usual, daydreaming of an alfresco dinner or cocktail. Or maybe you're feeling particularly smitten or more energized than usual.

But are these slight changes in our moods and behaviors all in our heads or rooted in science? Researchers have studied the link between weather and mood for years, but really only scratched the surface of what's truly going on.

Click through the slideshow below to find out what's behind your spring fever symptoms. Then tell us in the comments how the change in the weather is making you feel.

You're Not As Sleepy
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Just as your bare legs are soaking in the sun, our brains are busy processing the bright light as well. The increased sunshine signals the body to produce less melatonin, which plays an important role in sleep.

"There's more daylight, so people have more energy, sleep a little less," Sanford Auerbach, M.D., director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Boston University, told Web MD.

With less melatonin pumping through your veins, you may also feel a lift in your mood and a more revved-up sex drive.

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Filed by Sarah Klein  |