It’s that wonderful time of year when the amount of daylight is screwing with my sleep-cycle.
As of today, five full days before the summer solstice, the official length of day (sunrise to sunset) is 17 hours and 29 minutes. Which doesn’t really sound all that bad. But the length of day is only part of the picture. The astronomical statistic that really matters in terms of getting a decent night’s sleep is the length visible light. It currently stands at 19 hours and 30 minutes…leaving a scant 4.5 hours of actual darkness.
I was told when I moved here that I would eventually “get used to it”, and evidently three years is NOT enough time for this to happen. Even the Swede tossed and turned last night … eventually giving up and heading out to the livingroom about 1:30 a.m. But at least she can sleep late in the morning. I’ve got to get up about 6:15 regardless of what time I actually go to sleep.
Tonight we’ve drawn all the curtains in hopes of tricking our brains into ignoring the fact that the sun is just starting to set at 10 p.m. But unless Sweden’s women’s team pulls off a miracle in the few minutes that remain in the overtime session of European Championship semi-final soccer game against Norway, Dr. Darling is going to be too mad to sleep anyway.