How rain affects your mood and why.
1. You don’t sleep as well
Studies show that you don’t sleep as well on rainy nights. This is mainly due to the irregularity in the environment i.e. the irregularity in the rain, the pitter-patter of raindrops and so on. As we’ve detailed before, a good night’s rest is essential to having a good mood and a productive day. Rainy nights just don’t help your sleep, and this leads to you not feeling so great throughout the day.
2. Melatonin Content
Melatonin is the hormone that regulates your sleep-wake cycle. Melatonin production is primarily based on the presence of light around you. The sun suppresses the release of melatonin in the morning. However, when it’s raining and cloudy around you, your body detects that there isn’t much light around. This results in an increased release of melatonin in your body, resulting in you feeling drowsy.
3. Seratonin Content
Just as cloudy skies and rain contribute to the overproduction of Melatonin, they also contribute to the less-than-ideal production of Serotonin. Serotonin is the hormone that is released when the body detects sunlight around you; it leads to the feeling of wakefulness and activeness. Less serotonin means more drowsiness and the general feeling of laziness, hence resulting in you wanting to stay in bed.
4. Soothing Sounds
The sound of raindrops falling on the street or on the roof of a house is an even pattern. Once the rhythm gets in your head, it’s like an internal lullaby in your head all day long. This just leads you to feel more sleepy throughout the day when you’d rather be awake and fully focused on your work.
5. Your personal preference
The rain has been associated with lots of different things throughout centuries, from fertility to destruction, and from happiness and joy to downright sadness and loneliness. Your personal outlook on rain also has a subconscious effect on the way you feel on a rainy day. If you love splashing in the water, a rainy day might make you want to get done with work as soon as possible so you can enjoy jumping in some puddles. However, if you’re a bigger fan of sunshine than you are of dark clouds, you might find rainy days to be dull and lazy. Eventually, it’s about perspective, so make sure you keep at it, regardless of the weather.