Dec 7, 2021 - News

Darkest days are here ... but not for long

House at night.

The sun sets so early these days but things will start getting better tomorrow. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

Like a lot of Chicagoans we've been discombobulated by our super early sunsets that start at 4:19 p.m. these days. Ugh!

Why it matters: Lack of daylight can throw off your circadian rhythms, not to mention outdoor exercise plans.

  • But short days are especially hard for those with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

The good news: Sunsets start getting later starting tomorrow — even if it's just by a few seconds.

  • And by next Tuesday, Chicago's sunset officially moves to 4:20 pm.

Yes, but: For those who wake before the sunrise (like Axios reporters), the days won't actually start feeling longer until sunrise and sunset expand again on Dec. 22.

Tips: Until then, try to sneak some natural daylight into your work day.


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