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W2R 11-22-2012 06:45 PM

Poll:How well do you sleep?
How well do you sleep, and are you retired or not? For the purposes of this poll, you are the sole judge of whether you are retired or not, and of how well you sleep. If you can't decide, or if these categories just don't fit your situation, or if you just feel cantankerous, there is a 7th option "none of these categories fit" just for you. ;D

I have slept like a baby since I retired, so I am voting for that one. I do tend to want to stay up later and sleep later each day, on a 25 hour per day schedule, so I have to set an alarm. But otherwise, I have never slept so soundly in my entire life.

When I was working, I was often insomniac and constantly sleepy. I think I was just too keyed up most of the time to sleep well at the time.

Just thought it might be interesting to see how others feel about their own sleep, and didn't find a similar thread so here you go.

REWahoo 11-22-2012 06:55 PM

Although I am retired and sometimes awaken much earlier than I would like, I voted for #1. The ability to take an afternoon nap on those early wake up days works great for me.

Purron 11-22-2012 06:59 PM

I sleep very well. The only thing that bothers me is I dream a lot about my past. Past jobs, old friends I've haven't seen in years, and so on. Makes me think I'm a bit mired in my past - in my dreams anyway. Don't feel that way when I'm awake. I've become involved in many new activities since retirement I love but there's that ghost of the past that seems to still inhabit my dreams.

scrabbler1 11-22-2012 07:12 PM

Although I am an early retiree, my quality and quantity of sleep is mixed. While being able to get my coveted afternoon nap 7 days a week is great, it is often disrupted by phone calls, my upstairs neighbor coming home from work and walking around, or my having to go to the bathroom. My regular overnight sleep is nice because I don't have to be up at any certain time. But it, too, is often disrupted by the upstairs neighbor up early and walking around, or my having to go to the bathroom. It is about 50/50 I can get through the night undisturbed.

aaronc879 11-22-2012 07:13 PM

I'm currently unemployed(not retired) and sleep much better than when i'm working full time. I never set my alarm unless I have plans to be somewhere before noon and involves other people which is very rare. Lately, i've been sleeping from 9pm until around 7-8am. I never sleep straight thru since small bladders run in the family but I sleep well.

My Dream 11-22-2012 07:16 PM

I voted #3 and this is the reason why,

I wish there were 30 hours in a day since I never seem to accomplish as much as I would like. I wake up at around 6:00 am every morning (during the week) and make breakfast and lunch for everyone. Afterwords I start my day of chores then onto the home renovations or what ever or who ever needs help repairing stuff. I try to go bed early every night but I usually fall asleep at around 11:30pm since I can't seem to get everything done during the day.

I usually go to the washroom 3 times and night and that makes me loose about 15 minutes sleep each time so I loose 45 minutes each night. If I do the math right I get close to 6 hours sleep a night and that's not enough.

For the most part the quality of sleep is good except for the overactive bladder. I still get the occasional nightmares about work and it's been six years since retirement.

Mulligan 11-22-2012 07:27 PM

W2W, I am very jealous of your ability to sleep away the night. I might sleep 7 solid hours without waking, maybe twice a year. I usually have 2 obligatory trips to the restroom a night, but even then sometimes I am just awake. I don't mind laying 2-3 hours in a semi conscious state but would rather be out like a light. The odd thing is, I have no problem falling asleep, and am never tired during the day, so I never nap. I guess I must be getting enough sleep it is just not in the way I desire.

Animorph 11-22-2012 07:36 PM

Since I retired I no longer require weekend mid-day naps. Hopefully that will last for quite a few more years. My Mom will sleep at the drop of a hat if she's just watching TV. I answered #1.

truenorth418 11-22-2012 08:04 PM


Originally Posted by Purron
The only thing that bothers me is I dream a lot about my past. Past jobs, old friends I've haven't seen in years, and so on. Makes me think I'm a bit mired in my past - in my dreams anyway.

I have been retired for a little over a year, and lately I have found myself dreaming about old work colleagues and situations. I did not have these dreams in the early months of my retirement, only more recently. Although I would not characterize these dreams as nightmares, I usually wake suddenly and with an anxious feeling. I'm not sure how to interpret these dreams, but it sounds like others have similar experiences.

FIREd 11-22-2012 09:04 PM

I usually sleep very soundly (always have, even when I was still working). It took me a few months to get used to big city noises when we moved to San Francisco, but everything is back to normal now and I sleep soundly again.

UnderTheRadar 11-22-2012 09:26 PM

I am not retired - but I travel a lot with my job and regularly have trouble sleeping in hotels. This is probably not for everyone - but I downloaded an app on my iPhone that I use to put me to sleep..."relax and sleep well". It took a little bit to get used to the guys voice, but now I almost go to sleep automatically.

Alan 11-22-2012 09:38 PM

Since I retired I no longer take naps. :dance:

I sleep really well at night and rarely lie awake, going to bed at ~11 and getting up ~7:30.

Retirement has been GREAT for my sleep patterns.

bssc 11-22-2012 09:49 PM

Not retired. Can sleep through helicopters flying over my house, from experience.

NW-Bound 11-22-2012 10:29 PM

People who have had children know how babies sleep. They wake up every hour or so through the night, and cry. Yes, mine did, particularly my first born. I would lose so much sleep, and fell asleep at my desk the next day.

So, who wants to sleep like a baby?

PS. Look how this daddy calms down his crying baby.


obgyn65 11-23-2012 03:00 AM

I don't sleep well at all. Four to six hours only on average, sometimes fewer hours for a few nights in a row. It was worse when I was a student. I also have a very light sleep.

John Galt III 11-23-2012 06:10 AM

Due to my work schedule, I can only begin to sleep after 2 am. And then I can only stay asleep for about 5 hours. But I'm nice and worn out by the time I go to bed, so am out like a light 99 percent of the time, which rarely happened when I was in corporationland. I have a blue collar job now. The 5 hours seems to be enough, along with two 15 minute naps during the day.

Brett_Cameron 11-23-2012 06:11 AM

My quality of sleep has improved greatly since I got my CPAP. Still wake in the night but when I do get up I feel much more refreshed. I voted # 1.

Midpack 11-23-2012 06:15 AM

Hard to choose between the first two options (not much difference) but I chose the first. My sleep hasn't changed since I retired, I still go to bed early and wake up early even with no alarm clock. If anything I wake up in the middle of the night more now than when I was working. But now I can sleep in a little if I want to.

easysurfer 11-23-2012 06:22 AM

As long as I go to bed before midnight, usually I'll feel all refreshed by morning.

Sometimes I wake up during the night (no, not from getting old and having to use the bathroom to take a leak :laugh:), but I put my cats in the other room and one of them has night terrors and rattles the door and meows like it's the end of the world :facepalm:.

MichaelB 11-23-2012 06:28 AM

Retired and well rested here. After leaving work my sleep improved substantially, mostly due to more hours. I still wake up early, but not nearly as early as before, and enjoy leisurely mornings drinking coffee and reading.

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