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I sleep more or less regular hours, but get up earlier than I thought I would. 23 30.26%
I sleep more or less regular hours, and get up about when I thought I would. 26 34.21%
I sleep more or less regular hours, and get up later than I thought I would. 17 22.37%
I don't sleep at regular hours, really! 10 13.16%
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Old 06-13-2011, 09:09 AM   #41
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Originally Posted by audreyh1 View Post
And I like to be up before sunrise.
I'm often up before sunrise, although I try to fall asleep before it gets to be too light.

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Old 06-13-2011, 10:07 PM   #42
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Before I retired I went to bed between midnight and 1:00am, and got up at 5:30am. In retirement I usually hit the pillows sometime between 1:00am and 2:00am, and crawl out between 7:30am and 8:30am.

I rarely use an alarm clock....normally only if I have an appointment with my Doc.

As far as naps go, I ocassionally grab an hour long siesta sometime after lunch during the summer....usually during the heat of the day.

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Old 06-13-2011, 10:07 PM   #43
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My biggest change is now I will lay in bed in the morning in a semi conscious daze for an hour or so until I have enough energy to get out of bed to make the coffee and read the morning paper. It is not natural for me to pop out of bed right when I wake up. Probably the most enjoyable part of retirement is laying in bed until I'm ready to get up which is anywhere from 7-9 a.m.
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:25 AM   #44
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Originally Posted by steelyman View Post many people continue to use their alarms after RE.
Don't need no stinking alarm; I have a dog that jumps up on the bed and starts licking my ear at 5:30 a.m. 7 days a week, all year long . Yeah, that's his picture.

At least it's better than when I got up during my work*ng years at 3:45 (to exercise, before going off to the office by 5:30 a.m. since I worked for two different Euro firms, with HQ in Western Europe, and we had a lot of noon meetings - their time via video conference/NetMeeting with a six hour difference in local time). At least they had the same situation with communicating with the China, India & Oz units. The Euro guys had to get up early to have meetings with them while I was sleeping. Working in a company that "never sleeps" did require me to be at w*rk at midnight (rarely) since in those days, the available communications network - to your home PC, with audio/video - was the exception, rather than the rule.

Today, I normally go to bed around 11-12 pm, much later than my normal 8pm during my employment.

Actually, I get less continuous sleep in retirement (due to you know who), but most days I take an afternoon nap for an hour or so to "recharge". In reality, I sleep less in retirement. I'm sure that my need for sleep in my wor*ing years was also attributed to stress - which has fallen to a negligible level during the last four years, in retirement.
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:40 AM   #45
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I get up between 6am and 7am generally after 8 hours sleep. If can't sleep I'll try to just lay there until 6am -- allergies sometimes wake me early.

Nowadays I've got to beat the heat to get my runs. It's most pleasant to run in the 50 degree weather, low 60's is a bit much. Also gardening is more pleasant in the early AM and the birds are out and about.
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Old 06-14-2011, 11:57 AM   #46
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First 3 years of FIRE - up at o'dark thirty, napping a lot midday, in bed by 10 PM. bed by 10 PM, waking up at 6 AM, but developing bad habit of rolling back over and sleeping in as late as 10 AM. No midday naps.

I tried the alarm clock on "wake to music" so I get my lazy carcass out of bed, but...
oh well.

My sleep patterns need to stabilize a bit.
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:30 PM   #47
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I like reading this thread - sleeping is not boring, it gives me a luxurious feeling to be in bed and feel great about the day and just let your body rest. That's one of the best thing about ER. When I was working, I can't have that feel good factor when I hit the sack. It was thinking of work and when I finally sleep, it was dreaming of work. So, after ER on those days I can't fall into sleep that easily, I don't worry too much and just enjoy the feeling of closing my eyes and just resting without worries. I can always take an afternoon nap to catch up.

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