I don’t care what the clocks say, I’m still getting up by my usual time: as the sun ascends the tree line and shoots its first shafts of light through the windows of my bedroom.

As poetic as that might sound, the reality of it is this is precisely the time our critters start stirring. Dogs use the bed as a trampoline in their breakfast anticipation, cats begin to whirl like dervishes crying for kibble, and the moment an overhead light is turned on, the horses see it from the stable and then all hell breaks loose. And so my life as a self-employed individual can continue to coast on a routine that doesn’t trip up the all-important circadian rhythm; i.e. our physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a 24-hour cycle. As Google adds: these are natural processes that respond primarily to light and dark and affect most living things, including animals, plants and microbes.