Valentine’s day is right around the corner. And while it’s fun to put the spotlight on the one(s) you love, we like to put the spotlight on you. So we wondered: are you in a better shape when you’re in love? Is being in love a (free) work-out?
To the love-mobile to figure it out!
Love happens in the brain
You might think that loven starts in your heart, but actually love happens in your brain.
When you fall in love, you produces a chemical cocktail. 12 areas of the brain work together to release chemicals such as dopamine, oxytocin, adrenaline and vasopression, which induce euphoria feelings.
Let’s have a closer look to dopamine. Dopamine is an neurotransmitter, essential to the normal functioning of the centralnervous system. Dopamine plays a major role in reward-motivated behavior. Most types of reward increase the level of dopamine in the brain. Just like certain drugs do.
Young adolescents that declared to be in intense romantic love, slept less (up to a full hour) than youngsters that were single or in a long term relationship. Although they did sleep less, they had significantly better sleep quality and a greater feeling of being relaxed/restored. People in love also showed significantly less daily sleepiness, a higher degree of daily concentration, a better mood, and more daily physical activity. (read the full study)
Less sleep, being more active, being euphoric etc. all those are typical characteristics of Hypomania. Is being in love, the same as being Hypomania?
Hypomania is like mania, but less severe. It’s a condition that is characterized by an euphoric state, increased activity, racing thoughts, decreases sleep etc. It’s
Hypomania may be an early sign of Bipolar Disorder.