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Old 09-27-2020, 06:10 AM   #121
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Retired a year and still getting up a 6am, anyone else? What time do you wake up now that you retired and why? DW thinks it's odd to sleep until 10 am, I think that is what should be normal.

Unfortunately we do not have room darkening shades due to a half moon window, so sun up I'm up.
Always been an early riser, 4-6am before the alarm ever goes off. Been retired 3.5 years and am still waking up between 4-6am. Very rarely can I sleep more than about 5 hours at a time. The only difference in retirement is I do usually take a nap at some point during the day. That nap is 1-2+ hours, but I'm being told (by wife and friends) that anything over 30 minutes isn't a nap.
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Old 09-27-2020, 06:55 AM   #122
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Do you take it right at bedtime, or an hour before ?
I take it 30 minutes or so prior to bedtime.
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Old 09-27-2020, 07:02 AM   #123
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A couple of months ago I started taking 1.5 mg of melatonin before bedtime. Iím no longer waking prior to 5 and now sleep to between 6 and 7:30. I like it.
I find it helps me go to sleep, but not really stay asleep - I seem to metabolize the effects after about 3-4 hours. (If I wake up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, which I often do, I don't feel it still in my system)

It's still a great way to avoid those nights where you are staring at the clock, and I've only used the 1mg dose. I wish I'd used it years ago especially on work travel when time zones and hotels always impacted my sleep.

Everything I've read implies no issues with use, but there aren't any studies on long term usage so that concerns me just a little.
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Old 09-27-2020, 07:07 AM   #124
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It took me at least half a year before I quit waking at 5. Now I'm usually up with the sun (7ish and getting later), or whenever our cat wants us up. She's the boss of me now. >^..^<
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