Heading into early winter, and I can already feel drowsiness and lack of energy during the day.
So -- EXERCISE, LIGHT, SLEEP, and STIMULANTS
EXERCISE -- I know that chronic cardioisn't recommended, but I work a desk job and find a little movement energizing. I'm near a gym, but also near walking trails on a university campus. Is midafternoon walking on overcast winter days gonna cut it for energizing me? What about a lite bike ride on a BCycle?? Any other suggestions? There is a gym nearby but I worry that getting there and back in an hour will be more hassle than it's worth, 20-30 minutes of commuting in total.
LIGHT -- My office mate prefers us to keep the overhead office light off to avoid headaches. I don't want to make waves on her issue, because of my status as an office n00b. I spend the day lit by a desk lamp and desk-mounted fluorescent light. Have any of you had success with replacing standard bulbs with something like Verilux full spectrum lights?
SLEEP -- I'd like to push my sleep from a natural circadian preferred 1am to 8pm. Tips?
STIMULANTS -- I've been having coffee w/ coconut oil at breakfast, but want to avoid late-in-day coffee. Any ideas re: yerba mate, etc?
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on October 28, 2012
at 01:19 AM
Right there with ya, ElisaOS. I dusted off and set up my SAD light this morning. (My family calls it my happy light...) It might be worthwhile to check into buying one for your desk... that way it gives you the "sunshine" it sounds like you need. Mine mounts on legs and you position it overhead at a 15 degree angle. My understanding is that the full spectrum bulbs can't provide the same lux, and aren't as effective. The light box also helps adjust circadian rhythms, depending on when you use it, and might help reset your sleep cycle.
on October 27, 2012
at 11:50 PM
I think you're possibly not getting Mark's meaning with regard to "chronic cardio." I was a professional athlete as a younger guy, and I exercised (over-exercised) to the point where calcium was leaching from my bones into my blood, if I understood my doc's explanation correctly. I was sore all the time and got to where I couldn't recover. My day-to-day life was affected. I think that that's more along the lines of where he's coming from.
I doubt seriously that you need to feel the least bit hesitant about what you're proposing.
"Is midafternoon walking on overcast winter days gonna cut it for energizing me?"
Go try it and find out! You're the only one who can determine that.
Good luck! I hope I don't sound like a jerk with this response.