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S.A.D.

Some of us suffer from S.A.D. or Seasonal Affective Disorder. As we go into mid December and January some folks have a hard time with the short days. We are now at the point of the earliest sunsets. From December third through the eleventh the sun sets in Washington, D.C. at 4:46 P.M. The good news is that it will not set any earlier but the bad news is that we are still losing minutes on the front end of the day. The sun will continue to rise later until around the first of the year. Our shortest days, no not just one day, has nine hours and twenty seven minutes of sun. The few days around the Winter Solstice this number does not change. Contrast that winter number for sunshine with the longest days of the year when we get almost fifteen hours of sunshine and you can understand why we eat and sleep a little more in the winter. (Fourteen hours and fifty four minutes of sun for our longest days.)

If the long winter nights get you down there are some things you can do to make yourself feel better. Get out of the house! Take a walk or a hike. Winter golf is fun too. You get great bounces and the score doesn't count toward your handicap. Local knowledge is important though, i.e. which greens are frozen and which are not. Open your shades and curtains to let more light in. You might want to add some lamps during the winter months to give you more light and the sense of longer days.

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