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How do you cope with really long days?

Asked by Mamradpivo (9655points) May 19th, 2011

I recently moved to Northern Europe from the US. In Oregon, the sun would typically be down by around 9:00 PM in summertime. Here in the Netherlands, it’s 10:00 and still light enough out to drive without headlights.

Have you (or do you) ever lived in a place with such long days? How did it affect your body and your daily routine?

Personally, I’m struggling. I find it hard to have dinner until 9:00 or so and I can’t go to bed until after it’s dark, which means I’m up later than I should be to get enough sleep before work.

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marinelife's avatar

Hmm, I have lived in Alaska where the days are very long in the summer. I don’t find it difficult at all.

I eat dinner at the usual time. Why do you wait so late? That can affect your sleep patterns.

I just block the light out of the bedroom (curtains and/or an eye mask).

Cruiser's avatar

Get room darkening shades…or simply stay up and enjoy that extra hour of daylight!

iamthemob's avatar

Really strong coffee.

I remember the disorientation I suffered when I lived in the Netherlands for a bit. You really do need to block out the light with heavy, heavy curtains.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Can you move your bedroom to an interior room until you adjust to the light? You might want to plan ahead for long nights as the seasons change.

JilltheTooth's avatar

When i lived in Seatle the long summer days didn’t bother me, I had blackout shades in my bedroom. During the winter, however, the shortness of the days bothered me a bit.

flutherother's avatar

I’ve always lived in Scotland and I love the long summer evenings. It can be annoying if the light keeps you awake but thicker curtains help.

Here is what Robert Louis Stevenson wrote (from a child’s point of view)

Bed in Summer

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people’s feet
Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?

YARNLADY's avatar

I don’t let the rising or setting of the sun influence my days.

wundayatta's avatar

I lived in England for a year, and in Sweden for 1 month in the summer and don’t remember even noticing how long the days were. Maybe it’s a genetic thing?

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milosav's avatar

i sleep all day

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