Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Light Bulb Time - Doh!

I have seldom been called the brightest light bulb in the room but I'm no dummy, either. However, this morning as I awoke and poked the alarm clock a half dozen times trying to find the snooze button, a light bulb turned on in my head and I suddenly realized the source of my fatigue lately.

For a day or two it seems that I just can't get enough sleep and I've been really tired. Too tired to ride even. I usually get up around 4:45 and hit the hay around 10:00. I seem to manage well enough on about 6½ to 7 hours of sleep during the week. Whatever sleep I miss during the week, I try to make up for by sleeping in on Saturdays.

But this past weekend was busy with lots of errands and chores. Sunday provided no relief. Monday was a killer. And yet, when it came time for me to hit the sack last night at 10:00, I'm wired and wound up. I finally went to bed around 11:30.

So, after about 5½ hours of sleep I awake to a light bulb: It's the doggone time change!

My internal clock is still on standard time and my world is on daylight savings time. I should have seen this coming. Maybe it's because it comes so much earlier this year. Dunno.

Now, don't get me wrong, I like the fact that its daylight later. We tend to turn on less lights in the evening and there's a couple of hours of daylight after work for a short ride. But each year it seems to take me a little longer to get in sync with day light savings.

Its a two edged sword.


Conchscooter said...

Melatonin. Take it at bedtime the day before the time change,the day of the change and the day after and you won't notice the change. I do it when flying across time zones and it is a miracle. Not to be abused but for people like us who are wedded to our circadian rythyms remaining unchanged melatonin is wonderful. Free advice worth the price of admission...

Doug C said...

Conchscooter: I've never been one for taking (or remembering to take) meds or vitamins, but it seems worth a try at least for a couple days.