Tomorrow morning, Matt and I will hop on a plane (or two) to go join my dad and his wife for a cruise. No internet for a week, too much food and alcohol most likely, and sun like we haven’t seen in months — close to 12 hours of sun, as we are heading to the Caribbean.
How much of a difference could this make? Yesterday was gray here in Stockholm, and I felt as though I had so little energy. Post-fika, I was bursting with caffeine-driven activity, even though it was close to dark. And this morning, at 7, as hints of sunrise were creeping into our bedroom, for the first time in months I felt awake and motivated to get out of bed and get going. The sun today was brilliant! It’s +4 deg C, and the ice is melting, and I feel happy and creative!
I know just enough of the science behind circadian rhythms and my own internal light-sensitive clocks to be dangerous. Shouldn’t I be able to fix this somehow? I don’t really want to take melatonin or vitamin D. Maybe my SAD light in winter and heavy curtains to hold out the light in summer could work.
But seeing how responsive I feel to sunny days up here in the wintry North makes me wonder: Will I be able to sleep when summer arrives, and it’s still light at 10 pm? I have visions of myself cavorting outside in the midnight sun (which doesn’t really stick around in Stockholm that long, I suppose).
We shall see. In the meantime, we are heading south for some near-equatorial sun. I’ll blog about the trip — and my sunburn, which is inevitable — when we return mid-February.