Dark Victory

I'm up with the sun, actually before it heads up over the horizon

I’m up with the sun, actually before it heads up over the horizon

All you late risers excited about your extra hour of sleep tomorrow morning when we return to my favorite, Eastern Standard Time? “It gets dark so early,” everybody moans come November. Not me. When the sun’s on its way down, quittin’ time comes earlier. Not that I’m hoeing some field, but when you’re keeping farmer’s hours, as in up before the sun, those darkened afternoons are mighty welcome. They give me permission to put my feet up without feeling guilty. Needless to say, I fade early. Any TV show with a start time of 10 p.m. is a sure candidate for DVRing.

I’ve been a morning/day person all my life so that makes me a veteran early chronotype, or unique circadian rhythm. And guess what? One study in Chronobiology revealed that night owls are prone to depression more than early bird chronotypes. But, according to some researchers, the summertime clock typically disrupts sleep for all chronotypes. No kidding. Nobody, even a pre-dawn regular like myself, wants to rise and shine at 4:30 a.m. when day breaks around here in June. Groan.

Quittin' Time as the sun goes down

Quittin’ Time as the sun goes down

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