Having spent my entire life in the southern hemisphere, I’ve never experienced living through a northern hemisphere winter. Sure I’ve visited for a couple of weeks, but that doesn’t compare to actually living through one. We are only in the early days, but already I feel the hibernation effect at work. I struggle to get up in the mornings, like really struggle, no matter how many hours I’ve slept for. I tried my hardest to get up at 6am to go for a run this morning, but my body said no in a way I’ve never experienced before and could barely be forced to get up at 7am. All I want to do in curl up under my federbett and wake up in spring. It’s ridiculous.
My body honestly has no idea what has hit it. It is used to the sun rising at 7am at the very latest, not 7:45am like it does now. Also, sunset is at the very earliest at 5:30pm, definitely not 4:20pm as it is now. How do you northern hemispherians handle it? Is there a special trick? Most importantly how do you get up early in the morning to exercise? There has to be some secret passed down through the generations that no one has told me about. I refuse to spend the next 4 months in a semi-comatosed state.