The ides of March

March saw a day time visitor become an occasional overnight visitor. Partner

The little guy seems to like me, even letting me be is prime caregiver for one evening. And I enjoy his company as well. Our sleep schedules are well synchronized – I wake up in the middle of the night when he does.

Sleeping handsome

Early in March a touch of a cold caused some night time breathing and coughing issues. A sloped bed helped the little guy – something I discovered for myself many years ago.

Wakamoto pot stickers with Yenti

The family also enjoyed a Saturday evening of pot stickers in Wakamoto, Kitti. Cooking fun for all, and a good evening of conversation.

Copper shark painting

Locally referred to as the “tuna commission” – the fisheries commission painted their front wall. This image is a favorite of his.

Front yard botanic garden

The front yard remains a botanic garden, a wonder of exotic plants and odd flowers.

Ripstik duo

RipStik duo riders at the international airport parking lot. With only one flight a day around midday, the airport is not busy enough in the evening to preclude a little castor boarding. The parking lot is all but empty and there is no traffic.

Tricycle engine

Tricycling on the main entrance road to the arrivals hall is no problem in the evening. Along the smooth, flat asphalt he can build up a lot of speed.

Pancake chef

Saturday morning pancakes made by the top pancake chef on Pohnpei.

Badminton

In the championship game these two performed superbly. The sets were close and the play was top notch.

Always winners, no matter the outcome

Meanwhile on the home front the daylight balanced 6500K compact fluorescent lights (CFL) are all now replaced with 2700K soft white CFLs, except one in the sewing room. This change was engendered by my learning that blue light is important to entraining circadian rhythm, potentially even resetting the rhythm or altering the onset of sleepiness by effects on melatonin levels. At the core of this clocking and melatonin cycle is the color temperature of light. Light color temperature may even directly impact slow wave sleep.

While not everyone is happy with the “yellowish” light of the soft whites, I now find the 6500K light too harsh, and the 2700K relaxing. Psychosomatic, of course.

To match, the computer runs F.lux, an applet that changes the color temperature of your monitor based on the time of day. With a terminal command, this software adjusts the monitor to 2700K as well. The result is a reduction in the short-wavelength blue light that affects melatonin levels.

I know many people take melatonin supplements, I now wonder whether the issue is actually our own household lighting, especially the move to daylight balanced CFLs.

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