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||Running Without Rhythm....
Running Without Rhythm
since daylight savings time started, my 24-hour biological clock has
acted as if the main spring is broken. I just can't seem to wake up
--- except at night, when I want to sleep, then I am wide-eyed
and restless. If they don't quit messing with the time, my life is
going to meltdown.
Just when it was beginning to be daylight during the morning commute
to work, it is now dark again and we have to start all over. I know we
are supposed to be saving energy, but it sure doesn't feel to me as if
I'm saving any energy, at least not the kind I need.
This year I am reading about not only how much electricity we are
saving, but also about how we are saving on the burning of fossil
fuel, and, thereby, preventing global warming. It's nice to know that
my insomnia is contributing to the welfare of mankind.
The theory used to be that during the winter people became depressed
due to short days and lack of sufficient daylight. The cure was to get
additional sunlight or even set in front of a sun lamp for 30 minutes
per day to fool the brain. I don't know what ever happened to that
theory, but it sounds more like a prescription for a tan than for
Now they have added an additional month of this craziness called
daylight savings time.
Nowadays, everything seems to have a clock, even the microwave. I'm
trying to figure out why the microwave needs to know what time it is.
My mechanical and electronic clocks are all wrong. By the time I set
the clock radio, the kitchen clock, the stove timer, the microwave,
the VCR, the coffee pot, the singing bird clock, the mantel clock, my
wristwatch, and the clock in my car, it will be time to start turning
them back again.
My home computer and cell phone are the only things smart enough to
reset themselves. However, my outdated computer at the office still
has the old time. I heard that Microsoft had a patch for newer model
computers, but the old ones will be an hour late until April, unless
reset manually. Wonder if that could be my problem; I'm just too old
of a model to automatically
Anyhow, I think I've found the cure. Who needs a psychologist when we
have Google? I looked it up on the net and found that the problem is
that we not only need a certain amount of light each day, we also need
a certain amount of darkness. If it isn't dark first, our internal
clock does not reset.
Let me explain this theory. If we have a light on during the night,
our biological clock thinks it is daytime. It keeps trying to reset
and cannot. Therefore, when daytime really does come, we are exhausted
from lack of rest and sleepy all day. For everything to work right,
according to this theory, we need total darkness at night, no light,
especially blue light, which resembles daylight. That includes not
only florescent lights, but also late night television and computer
I knew something had to be going on greater than the loss of one
measly hour of sleep for me to feel so tired and out of synch. My
brain has been staying awake and peeking around the corner into the
living room watching the screen saver all night while I try to sleep.
Okay, okay, it is just a theory. Personally, I don't believe a word of
I'm certain my circadian rhythm is going to reset itself and return to
normal any day now. All I have to do is be patient - be patient and
avoid naps, that is. I don't know why they call them "power
I'm beginning to feel a bit drowsy now, and I think I will rest my
head on the computer keyboard for a moment. Would the last person to
read this column please turn out the lights?
Copyright 2007 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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