This could be a sports blog about my Browns. Yesterday they blew a 14 point lead well into the third quarter. Derek Anderson continued his on one week / off the next pattern he has displayed all season. Braylon Edwards dropped another sure and perfectly thrown touchdown pass that easily could have turned the game around in the fourth quarter. He leads the league with eleven drops now. Donte Stallworth missed still another game due to reaggrevating his quad pull he got warming up before the first game of the regular season. Eric Steinbach left yesterdays game with a rib injury. The Browns went to the dime defense too early expecting Baltimore to throw down two touchdowns, and lost the game to the rush. Yes, at 3-5, 0-3 to the teams ahead of them in the division, and two or three games behind Baltimore and Pittsburgh, indeed the dark days have returned for the Cleveland Browns. It is time to start Brady Quinn to see if he can bring some light to this dismal Browns season. Certainly in 2008 the Browns at least need to determine if Brady is fire in a bottle or a wet match.
But this blog is not about sports. Yesterday around 5:20pm while quietly and without celebration enjoying a hot ham and swiss sandwich in the parking lot after the Browns loss, the sun was setting over Lake Erie. A beautiful large red orb. It was so low in the sky over the lake you could actually look at it. Then it dawned on me with daylight savings time I would be getting home from work in the dark now until February or so. While it's still daylight driving to work in the morning, that won't last too much longer either. The beautiful leaves are almost gone, plus, it is getting cold.
WInter is more about surviving then anything else. But it's not the cold or snow that I find disconcerning, but the short days. Not only short, but there is very little sun. Short and cloudy days are the norm. I wondered why I found the short days disturbing, and found an article that described light as a life supporting nutrient.
An hour of sunshine each day has been shown to lower risk of colon, prostate, breast, and ovarian cancer, positively influence your risk of getting sick, promote healthy levels of vitimin D, and lower blood pressure. Studies have shown the farther from the equator you live, the higher your blood pressure.
Many of us are becomming sunlight starved. According to this article, lack of sunshine can give us the winter blues, reduced mental awareness, make sleeping more difficult, give us less energy, and even lower learning ability.
SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a potentially disabling disorder recognized back in 1982 by the National Institute of Health. SAD, like the winter blues, have been scientifically correlated to a lack of sunlight. Symptoms of SAD are sadness, depression, irritability, fatigue, excessive eating, food cravings, oversleeping, social withdrawal, and loss of interest in sex.
The article goes on to recommend full spectrum light bulbs to help out. I suggest that you watch your loved ones and help them deal with winter blues if they are so effected. Go to the gym, eat healthy, stick to a more rigid sleeping schedule, and yes, do not let your love life go the way of the setting sun. Maybe most important of all is keep your spirits up. Remember the days start getting longer again at the end of December and Spring will be right around the corner.