Forget the moon and the stars — could the season you’re born in play a bigger role in your life and health? Though the science of birth seasons is still certainly an emerging field, some researchers believe, yes!
A 2015 study on birth month and disease risk published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association found that there may be some correlation between what season you’re born in and certain health risks and character traits you have. Though we suggest taking each finding below with a grain of salt (as the study was conducted using a relatively small sample size of only New York City newborns) it’s still fun to see how many of these are true for the spring babies in your life.
Spring Babies May…
Be more optimistic.
In a small study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, researchers discovered that people born in the spring and fall may be more likely than those born in the winter or summer to grow up into more positive adults.
While we like to believe that it’s because they are born into the world right as it’s bursting with color and life, studies show that this may be because people born in the spring had higher levels of dopamine and serotonin (neurotransmitters that have been proven to reduce levels of depression and anxiety) in their brains.
Despite being born in the season most associated with allergies, spring babies may be the ones breathing easy. The 2015 study found that the highest rates of asthma were found in people born in July, August, September, and October. On the other hand, spring seemed to give birth to the lowest percentage of people with asthma.
Be less likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.
The study also found that the majority of people diagnosed with ADHD were born later in the year, particularly in the winter. But it’s possible the seasons have nothing to do with it and that this phenomenon is a result of the United States’ school calendar. Because those born in November and December tend to be the youngest in their classes, because of cut-off dates, researchers believe their younger, more chaotic attitudes may be the result of their age, rather than ADHD.
Be major night people.
A study in the journal Sleep found that people born from March to July tend to go to bed later than those born in other months. But when you’re born during the sun-drenched days of spring and summer, we can’t blame you for always wanting to be outside, soaking up the sun until the last possible moment.