Everyone knows the cliches about being in love — your knees are week, you lose your appetite, you feel butterflies in your stomach. But it turns out that these amorous changes to your body aren't simply the invention of the poets of old. Being in love actually changes you, from the very chemicals in your brain, to the way you act, to the way you physically look. Paying attention to the physical signs from your body that show you're in love may be the only indicator you need that this is more than just a crush or passing fling.
According to CNN, your body on love is a truly amazing thing. For the first few years of the relationship — called the "honeymoon phase" by most experts — your body and mind physically change in measurable ways. From that first date when you notice something different about them to the first time you make love — and all the small moments in between — knowing what is happening to your body can be almost as fascinating as actually falling in love. It turns out that you don't need experts or even your favorite romance novel to tell you when you're in love. The answer can be as simple as looking in a mirror. Here are seven physical signs that you are falling head over heels in love with someone.
1. You Might Feel Addicted
The phrase "addicted to love" isn't as outrageous as you might think. According to the aforementioned CNN article, the high levels of dopamine in your brain can cause you to feel legitimately addicted to being around your SO.
2. You Might Feel Sick
Similarly, due to the hormonal surge in your body that takes place when you fall in love, the website for The Today Show noted that feeling queasy and nervous is totally normal. This too shall pass.
3. You Get Flustered
If you're more forgetful and stressed when you're around your partner (or, you know, just thinking about them,) this is probably due to rising levels of norepinephrine that cause your blood pressure to rise and heart rate to increase, according to Health.
4. You Might Have Trouble Sleeping
Dr. Seuss wasn't wrong when he said, "you know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams." In fact, according to Globe and Mail, falling in love is generally equivalent to becoming an insomniac.
5. Your Voice Actually Gets Higher
Oddly enough, one study from the University of Bath noted that women tend to speak in a higher, softer voice to the object of their affection.
6. You Lose Your Appetite
Loss of appetite is another common "side effect" of being in love, and like forgetfulness or not being able to sleep, it goes back to the surge in hormones and brain activity. In fact, according to the aforementioned article from The Today Show, the phase is called "limerence" and it's defined as the all encompassing desire to surround ourself with our new partner and let literally everything else slide — even our food.
7. You Feel Like An Emotional Roller Coaster
If you feel a lot like you're on an emotional roller coaster when you're falling in love, you're not alone. According to Psychology Today, the intense hormones in your brain will cause you to feel an entire range of emotions in a short amount of time.