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How to Wake Up Energized - Even if it's Still Dark Outside

Posted by Darian Dozier on Mar 23, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Alaskan winters are characterized by a lot of darkness. This makes it easier to go to sleep at night, but waking up can be a struggle. However, if you work a standard 8-5 job, are in school, or do anything that requires you to wake up energized, then these dark mornings may be quite the struggle. Here are a few things you can do to help you wake up energized, even if it's dark and cold outside. 

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How to Adjust Sleep During Alaskan Summer Transition

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 11, 2021 12:03:00 PM

Alaskan Summer Transition Adjustment Difficulty - Factors

Alaska is a big state with differences in the amount of light that is emitted across the year. The southern parts of the state have light transitions that are uncomfortable, but not significantly different from the northern part of the lower 48. However, from Anchorage to the far north, the transition is very drastic, and as extreme as it gets. 

How much you have to prepare for your transition, and how much it may affect you, largely depends upon:

  • How far north you are
  • How sensitive you are to light
  • What existing measures you have taken to normalize your circadian rhythm during the winter

On the last bullet point if you have been diligent about any of the following, the transition will likely be easier:

  • Using light therapy
  • Maintaining pre-sleep rhythm
  • Having consistent exercise and eating/drinking habits
  • Vitamin D therapy

See: Ways to keep a normal sleep schedule in Alaskan winters

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How to Adjust Sleep During Alaskan Summer Transition

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 1, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Alaskan Summer Transition Adjustment Difficulty - Factors

Alaska’s big. This hardly needs be said. It’s particularly big from North to south: over 1,300 miles. The difference is this: the southern parts of Alaska have summer light transitions that are uncomfortable but not drastically different than much of the norther part of the lower 48. From Anchorage on up, the transition ranges from drastic to as extreme as it gets.

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