Friday, January 22, 2010

The urge to hibernate

It's been consistently cold for a month; colder here on Cape Cod than it was in NYC and cold in longer stretches. While my apartment is adequately heated there are drafts [no storm windows which are really needed]. The sun has been out, sometimes fairly strongly, a few days warm enough to melt snow. But there is no doubt it's the deep center of winter. I am tired of feeling trapped indoor. I took a walk of about a mile this afternoon, all bundled in down and earmuffs. The wind was chilly on my face but I walked fast and got my heart rate up enough that I could feel a thin layer of sweat forming on my torso. It was good to walk even under a gray sky with that nip at my cheeks and nose.

I have plenty of energy during the day, and have never been prone to napping. BUT it gets dark early and I pull the drapes to keep out drafts and settle in for some computer time and then reading as always. However, I find I'm getting sleepy early, say 9:30 instead of 10:30 which is the average time in the summer. And I am happy to den down into the bed under a duvet and a quilt. I am happy to sleep a full eight hours and then perhaps lie snuggled and warm for another half hour only vaguely thinking about getting up and beginning the day, because it is still dark. I understand the hibernation impulse although I get restless and begin craving coffee usually a little before dawn actually comes, or doesn't so much come as the sky just gets lighter gray. Could have I have been a black bear in a previous incarnation?


Kass said...

I feel all snuggly after reading this. You've been tagged over at my blog, but if you hate this kind of thing, no biggy.

June Calender said...

I know I've been tagged, it may take a couple of days to make a list and see how much I can work into ten points.


June, Such is what being 70 can bring to oneself. To allow yourself to "hibernate" in the winter. Gone is the alarm clock that one abides by for so many years. -- barbara

Conda V. Douglas said...

You're fortunate, June--I struggle with a mild form of SAD all winter long. I use the light, etc. but could sleep all day, if I could sleep all day.

And I think we "hibernate" because for most of the human span on earth it was a way to survive winter.