October has to be one of my least favorite months. We are losing light at the rate of roughly 15 minutes per day. It also means I am losing sleep. Because the sun rises later and later each day, my brain feels as if it is waking up earlier and earlier when in fact I wake up at pretty much the same time each morning - 6-7am. October is a big transition month. While we won't quite be in 24 hour darkness by the 31st, by that time the sun will barely clear the mountains to the south of us so for all intents and purposes it will be dark most of the time. Its this transition time that always gets me. This is my 6th October in Nunavut so I thought I would be used to this by now. Perhaps in this respect I make a poor Northerner. Once we hit the dark season my circadian rhythm is actually fine. Perhaps this is because I'm more of a night person than a morning person. A short little snooze after work usually straightens me out. I needed one today and it worked wonders.
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