Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Spring Fatigue

Dogwood right in front of my cabin on the banks of the Potomac
at the writers' conference I attended the week before last

Even though the trees are finally budding here in Chicago, where spring has been especially late this year, I am feeling incredibly tired these days. As if I were suffering from permanent jet lag. Or perhaps this is because of spring? As I was moping about the apartment today, I remembered that the Germans speak of "Frühjahrsmüdigkeit" - literally translated this means "spring fatigue." Perhaps I am suffering from that?

I was super tired all last week but I blamed that on being exhausted from my previous week of travel and several late nights of hanging out with my cabin mate. But maybe it's simply spring? All that bright light all of a sudden? I shall find out soon because I'm also going to have a blood test, just to make sure my thyroid isn't acting up (I do have some issues there), or my iron is low (another issue). In the meantime, I'm sleeping, napping, and keeping up with life very slowly, which is not my usual modus operandi.


  1. Liebe Annette, hoffentlich sind nur der Fruehling und die durchratschten Naechte schuld! Manchmal muss man auch einfach einen Gang runterschalten, dem Signal des Koerpers nachgeben, weil der Kopf ja nie Ruhe geben will. Also ruh dich aus!

  2. I always get a bit of that in the spring - tired & overwhelmed. I LOVE that Germans have a word for it. The dirty yard suddenly needs attention! No leaves on the trees yet to provide shade from a harsh sunlight! Sometimes it feels like too much too soon. But with milder weather and more blooms I'm starting to feel better. Hope you are too and its nothing too serious.

  3. I do get the occasional time when my iron levels go too low. I only notice it when I give blood, and they can't take me because I'm just under their threshold for iron levels.