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Old 10-21-2007, 05:45 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Nords View Post
You probably have to be ER'd to truly give sleep its proper priority in the scheme of things.

Sleep needs vary with the individual. There's just no way to fool oneself that it can be treated as a habit that could be modified. I can rarely stay down for longer than six hours and some nights I'm up after just four or five hours. However I managed to marry a woman who cannot function on anything less than an absolute minimum of eight hours of sleep, and sometimes more. After 28 years I'm pretty sure this isn't gonna change, although any further attempts to do so could dramatically affect my lifespan.

I also work out 5-6 hours a week more than she does and eat way more seafood than her, yet her bodyfat % is lower, her cholesterol numbers are lower, and her blood pressure is frequently in the double digits. Genetics Life is not fair.

Another joy of retirement: sleep. Deep, full cycled, eight hour, non-stressed, naturally ending sleep.

Right after retirement I found myself sleeping ten or more hours a night, tapered off to eight after a month or two.

I agree that trying to change her would be a very bad idea.

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Old 10-21-2007, 06:48 PM   #22
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Sleep is probably the first thing I would do when I retire. That would be so nice to be in bed for 12 hours a day. At least for a few months. Then I'll sleep 7-9 hours therafter.

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Old 10-21-2007, 07:53 PM   #23
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I cannot wait to sleep whenever I feel like it!
I am thinking of installing hammocks everywhere....on the patio, under two trees, in my living room, and in my art studio!
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Old 10-21-2007, 08:08 PM   #24
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A little over a year ago I went form Hourly to Salary. I was working 12-16hrs a day. I slept 4-6 hrs a night. I slept extremely well. All I had to do was sit down and I'd be out. Now I mostly sit at a desk 8hrs. I have one heck of a time sleeping through the night without waking 2-3 times. The 40% pay cut may be the reason I don't sleep. I sure don't work over 40 hrs now. Cletis
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Old 10-21-2007, 08:13 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by oliverdickens View Post
...Was working 14 hour days M-F, about 6hrs each Sat. and tried to take off Sunday. Final straw was when my boss said I wasn't doing enough and needed to take over yet another persons job. That would have been the third person's job I asorbed. And without any thanks on top of that...
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Old 10-29-2007, 09:16 AM   #26
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I have never actually calculated the percentage of waking hours that I spend at work but it sure does feel like 80% to me.
One more reason that I am glad I found this board and am reviewing any improvements I might be able to make so that I can reach FIRE ASAP.

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