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capjak 08-15-2020 08:47 AM

what time do you wake up?
 
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.

Bamaman 08-15-2020 08:51 AM

Up at 3:00 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. I'll stay up until 6:00ish and then go back to sleep. Also am known to take a mid afternoon nap from time to time.

Nice to be able to get up when you feel like it in retirement.

REWahoo 08-15-2020 08:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by capjak (Post 2471716)
Retired a year and still getting up a 6am, anyone else? What time do you wake up now that you retired and why?

Retired 15 years and wake up between 4:30 am and 7:30 am. Why? I don't have a clue.

Car-Guy 08-15-2020 09:06 AM

7am.... The dog will wake me up if I over sleep by more than ~10 mins. If I get up at 5 or 6 (for some odd reason :)) the dog doesn't move. I often trip over him but he doesn't seem to care...

SheitlQueen 08-15-2020 09:06 AM

I sleep 6 hours a night so when I get up depends on when I go to bed. I usually go to bed between midnight and 1:00am , so I'll be up between 6:00 and 7:00. Time can adjust, but always up after 6 hours or less.

sengsational 08-15-2020 09:08 AM

My bed time is 11 +/- 1hr. I get up 8 hours later, but only if I didn't have a waking spell. These spells can last 2 hours sometimes, so it can be 8 plus wake spell time, so 10 hours.


I make it my business to have my sleep monitor ring give me a "crown" award every night. It's pretty easy... either get 7.5 hrs (or more) of sleep or be in the bed 9.5 hrs (regardless of the amount of time actually sleeping).

MichaelB 08-15-2020 09:18 AM

My guess is >90% of the time I wake up between 5:30 - 6:30

SoReady 08-15-2020 09:24 AM

5:30AM, at pickleball courts by 7AM.

Ronstar 08-15-2020 09:26 AM

Anywhere between 4:30-6:00

donheff 08-15-2020 09:35 AM

6:15 - 6:45

davebarnes 08-15-2020 09:37 AM

Whenever.

pacergal 08-15-2020 09:41 AM

Anywhere between 4-6am. During work career, our alarm was set for 5:45.
When I first retired, I was able to sleep until 7. Why I am now waking up at 4, who knows?? Sometimes I can roll over and go back to sleep.
It doesn't bother me anymore because I can take a short nap if I need too! But I rarely do as it messes up my sleep even more :(.
Usually in bed between 10-11pm no matter what.

Midpack 08-15-2020 09:41 AM

Retired 9 years ago and still wake up between 5:00-6:00am most days. No idea why, but I usually fall asleep around 10:00pm so I'm getting enough sleep. My Dad woke up very early his entire life, lived to 96, so I think waking up early may not have much to do with work v retirement.

euro 08-15-2020 09:42 AM

8:30-9am

lemming 08-15-2020 09:43 AM

I sleep like a baby...three hours at a time. And all through the day. I really need to get my nights and days turned around to normal. It doesn't help that my computer and tv are in my bedroom so I lounge around with screen time and "rest my eyes" with another nap.

Time2 08-15-2020 09:46 AM

My wife gets up around 4am everyday, I normally hear when she gets up. I have a pillow speaker and usually listen to an old tyme radio show, until 5am when I change over to WABC radio and listen to Bernie and Sid. Somewhere between 4am and 6:30am I get another 30 minutes to an hour more of sleep. Normally get up at 6:30.
This past Thursday I spent all day working on an awning frame, with lots of ladder climbing. Friday morning I didn't get up until 8:30!
So, it depends :-)

ElizabethT 08-15-2020 09:49 AM

Body rhythm appears to really, really want me up between 5:30 and 6:30 am. If I wake up and see the clock closer to 6:30 am then 5:30 am, I'm ecstatic at being able to 'sleep in.'

Sleep is increasingly elusive with age it appears. And I'm still just in my 50's! :(

aaronc879 08-15-2020 09:52 AM

I prefer to wake up just after sunrise so this time of year I am up by 6am most days. In the winter i'm more likely to sleep in until 8am or so. I would assume this is what we are programmed to do in terms of evolution. Makes sense to me that you would want to use the daylight so go to sleep not too long after sunset and wake not too long after sunrise.

pb4uski 08-15-2020 10:00 AM

Left to my own devices, I'm usually up between 7am and 8:30am. But sometimes earlier and sometimes later.

Chuckanut 08-15-2020 10:04 AM

I wake up when my valet informs me breakfast is ready.

Moemg 08-15-2020 10:42 AM

I get up between 9 and 9:30 . I spent 40 years getting up around 5 . This is so much better .

timo2 08-15-2020 11:04 AM

one dog wakes us up at 1:30 to 2:30 am. the other dog wakes us up at 3:30 to 5:30 am. Then we sleep until 8 or 9 am.

Rex 08-15-2020 11:05 AM

Around 7am. So thankful to not have to get up at dark thirty with an alarm.

Lakedog 08-15-2020 11:15 AM

I typically get up around 5:30 which works well for my lab pup as she is ready to go out around 6am. Before retiring I expected I might want to sleep in when I had that option but that has not been the case.

iloveyoga 08-15-2020 12:07 PM

Seven years in and I still get up between 5 and 6.

O2Bfree 08-15-2020 12:25 PM

Between 5:30, which was my get-up time when I w@rked, and around 6:45. I don't like to doze much beyond 7 unless we had a late night. If it's one of those nights when I wake up before 2:30-ish and have trouble dozing off again, I'll take the 1 mg sub-lingual melatonin I leave on the nightstand for those restless wee hours.

Dtail 08-15-2020 12:32 PM

Wake up between 6am and 7am daily. Used to wake up 4:30am for work.
Was always a morning person.

Bamaman 08-15-2020 12:36 PM

It's 1:35 p.m. and I'm still in bed.

Maybe I need to do something worthwhile today. Maybe tomorrow, though.

Dtail 08-15-2020 12:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bamaman (Post 2471872)
It's 1:35 p.m. and I'm still in bed.

Maybe I need to do something worthwhile today. Maybe tomorrow, though.

:laugh:

mystang52 08-15-2020 12:57 PM

My normal wake-up time is 5:15 to 6. When I go thru my insomnia spells - like I am right now - i'm up by 3, and if I'm lucky I'll be able to fall back asleep for a little bit more. I've never needed a lot of sleep, so 5 to 6 hours is sufficient for me.

GalaxyBoy 08-15-2020 01:20 PM

I wake up around 5:30 or 6:00, or earlier if the cat decides he's ready. I wish I could sleep longer.

DF said he always woke up around 4:30 and laid in bed waiting for sunrise; he was retired for 30 years and this never changed. Aunt, on the other hand, sleeps until 9 or 10. She once mentioned that a friend told her that she got up every day around 6. Aunt said, "Why would anyone in their right mind get up that early?"

dadu007 08-15-2020 01:23 PM

Well, my normal lights-out time is 11:00 pm, and I would normally naturally wake up around 7:00, but this new kitty isn't having any of that and wants me out bed by 5:15 or 5:30 to feed her. I've had to bring back naps in the afternoon! I need a good 8 hours to feel rested.

street 08-15-2020 01:27 PM

Everyday 5 to 530 AM. Retired 4 years ago and for 35 years of getting about 5 to get to work I'm still getting up early.

I love getting up early in the morning for me it is the best time of day.

Redbugdave 08-15-2020 01:31 PM

Been retired 6 years and hit the sack around 11pm and up and ready around 530am every day. I always have been a morning person even though I worked rotating shifts.

ShokWaveRider 08-15-2020 01:31 PM

Bed at 10pm, up at between 7am and 8am (More often 8am) every day. That is 9 hours minimum (in bed). Takes me a little while to get to sleep, so I probably get ~8 hours regularly. I do not nap during the day.

W2R 08-15-2020 01:59 PM

When working, I always thought I was a morning person and when given the choice, would arrive at work or university "bright eyed and bushy tailed" (as the saying goes), ready to get to work, around 6 AM. I had always worked or gone to school every day, or had other responsibilities inconsistent with sleeping in, so I never actually HAD the choice of being a morning person or not.

In retirement, it's different. I love staying up late, which means I sleep late too. But I don't let myself sleep past 10 AM. If that starts happening, I resume setting my alarm for 10 AM. Right now, without an alarm I am awakening between 9:30 and 10:00 AM.

I never awaken earlier than desired. I love sleeping 7-9 hours each night and do so, except if the alarm awakens me. Now if I could make myself go to sleep earlier, all my sleep problems would be over! But I get too wound up and don't want to go to bed, just as though I was still a kid.

tmm99 08-15-2020 02:05 PM

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Originally Posted by W2R (Post 2471927)
between 9:30 and 10:00 AM.

Me too! Between 9:30 and 10AM. If I'm not careful, I end up staying up until 3AM. I've always been a night owl. I do enjoy cool morning air, but it's painful to be up so early. Even when I wo*ked, I didn't have to get up until 8AM. One time, I did a short stint of having to get up at 6AM to get to wo*k. It was a torture!

Badger 08-15-2020 04:12 PM

Usually I wake up between 4:30 and 5:00am but sometimes earlier. It helps to have a few indoor cats and 1 outdoor feral cat waiting for breakfast. Once they are fed I can get a cup of coffee to wake up then out for a bike ride at the beach. It's nice to watch the sun come up over the ocean. Depending on the weather the colors can be spectacular. Only so many days left and I don't want to miss anything.


Cheers!

O2Bfree 08-15-2020 04:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Badger (Post 2471986)
Usually I wake up between 4:30 and 5:00am but sometimes earlier. It helps to have a few indoor cats and 1 outdoor feral cat waiting for breakfast. Once they are fed I can get a cup of coffee to wake up then out for a bike ride at the beach. It's nice to watch the sun come up over the ocean. Depending on the weather the colors can be spectacular. Only so many days left and I don't want to miss anything.

You feed your cats BEFORE you get coffee? Man, they got you trained real good!

Goonie 08-15-2020 06:08 PM

Before I retired, I woke up at 5:15 a.m. every morning, 5 minutes before the alarm went off. It was that way for 17 years. The first day of retirement, I woke up at 8:00 a.m., and it’s been that way for the past 13+ years, although once in a great while I wake up sometime around 7:00 a.m., but that’s a rarity.

And it doesn’t matter what time I go to sleep. I usually call it a day between midnight and 2:00 a.m., although it’s occasionally 2:00-3:00, because I like to sit and read for a long time before I go to sleep. Regardless I wake up around 8:00, with no alarm.

rk911 08-15-2020 06:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by capjak (Post 2471716)
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.

waking up usually around 6 (absent one or more trips down the hall in the middle of the night). i can usually go back to sleep and when i do i usually get up around 8:30-9:00. my wife usually sleeps another hour. but we don't usually hit the sack until 11-11:30.

MRG 08-15-2020 06:45 PM

We awake when the sun tells us to. Getting later now, 630 or 7AM now, about 45 minutes later than June 20th.

We so seldom set an alarm after 7 years of joyous retirement we don't even know how! I had to set it twice last week and it's amazing how people do this for years.

We had a saying around Megacorp "sleep is optional". While I don't make up for lost amount of hours I do in quality.

Aerides 08-15-2020 07:22 PM

Varies for me. Can be anytime from about 6:30 to 8, DH and I know to wake the other if we sleep past 8 unless sick or something.

Averages around 7:30 now that we have darkening room shades, before that the seasons were a big impact.

My parents are in their 70's and don't normally get up until almost 9, and they are up to about midnight, which I find impossible.

rodi 08-15-2020 07:52 PM

Lifetime of early rising habits - I wake up between 5:15-6... Most mornings closer to 5:15.

My excuse is I walk the dog on the beach, like to have coffee before I go.. and have to have the dog OFF the beach before 9am... Oh - and if I go to the beach too late, traffic to and from can be bad. So getting to the beach at 6:30ish is my sweet spot.

DH wakes up anytime between about 4:30am and 8am. But usually around 5am.

Older son wakes up during the week at 5:30 because he has to be at work at 6:30. Younger son rolls downstairs around 10am.

tshaner 08-15-2020 08:43 PM

Between 5:30 and 6:30 after getting my solid 7. Even better Sleeping after I started wearing a sleep mask. I love the early morning when I can go out, walk the dog, hike or bike when itís cooler.

W2R 08-15-2020 08:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Goonie (Post 2472028)
Before I retired, I woke up at 5:15 a.m. every morning, 5 minutes before the alarm went off. It was that way for 17 years. The first day of retirement, I woke up at 8:00 a.m., and itís been that way for the past 13+ years, although once in a great while I wake up sometime around 7:00 a.m., but thatís a rarity.

And it doesnít matter what time I go to sleep. I usually call it a day between midnight and 2:00 a.m., although itís occasionally 2:00-3:00, because I like to sit and read for a long time before I go to sleep. Regardless I wake up around 8:00, with no alarm.

Goonie, good to see you back here! You were missed. :)

Goonie 08-15-2020 10:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by W2R (Post 2472100)
Goonie, good to see you back here! You were missed. :)

Iíve just been keeping busy living the dream. I stay busy with my gardening and hobbies, as well as all of the day to day tasks here at the olí homestead, planning and prepping three meals a day for my 93 y.o. Mom and myself. Iím the full-time caregiver for Mom, who is still as healthy as a horse, but has some minor mobility issues.

I get together with a few retired friends for coffee a couple of times each week, outdoors and social distancing (usually at separate tables during off peak hours), and other than making the rare venture out for the absolute essentials, itís the only time any of leave home during this pandemic.

I also stay busy serving on the board, as well as managing and overseeing our 181 y.o. churchís building and grounds.

But mostly, I just havenít been getting online much anymore, except to check email, pay bills, make online purchases.

Iíll try to get in here more often!

Sunset 08-15-2020 11:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chuckanut (Post 2471769)
I wake up when my valet informs me breakfast is ready.

That's what my DW does, waits for the valet.... :laugh:

Badger 08-16-2020 05:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by O2Bfree (Post 2471988)
You feed your cats BEFORE you get coffee? Man, they got you trained real good!

So far they have been lucky and I haven't opened the wrong can.


Cheers!

blueskyk 08-16-2020 05:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by street (Post 2471904)
I love getting up early in the morning for me it is the best time of day.


+1
Both DH and I are up around 4:00 or 4:30 am. Off to bed by 8:30 or 9:00 pm.

Golden sunsets 08-16-2020 05:38 AM

Between 5 and 6. DH and I switch days getting up with the dog. On the days I get to sleep in I don't rarely make it past 7AM.

Dawg52 08-16-2020 06:38 AM

6 to 6:30 a.m. normally. Today 7:00 a.m.

neihn 08-16-2020 06:46 AM

4:00am - I work with folks in Germany, so try to catch their afternoon.
Which is nice, get a lot of works done in the early hours, then call it quit around 1:00 or 2:00pm. Still have half a day to run errands :-)

Winemaker 08-16-2020 08:47 AM

After 7-7.5 hours; regardless what part of the country I'm in. I had good practice for 35 years, sometimes I rotated all 3 shifts weeky, biweekly, or monthly. Then I also had steady stints on all 3 shifts.

MBAustin 08-16-2020 10:45 AM

Almost always between 7:15-7:20. Works well in these times as I can get a 2.5-3 mile walk in with the little dog before 8:30 when it's below 85 outside. Still miserable due to the humidity but it's in the 90s or more from 9am-10pm so really the only option. In the winter, I'll sometimes have coffee and breakfast before we walk so it's a bit warmer.

REWahoo 08-16-2020 12:26 PM

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Originally Posted by MBAustin (Post 2472287)
Almost always between 7:15-7:20. Works well in these times as I can get a 2.5-3 mile walk in with the little dog before 8:30 when it's below 85 outside. Still miserable due to the humidity but it's in the 90s or more from 9am-10pm so really the only option. In the winter, I'll sometimes have coffee and breakfast before we walk so it's a bit warmer.

+1

All dog walking must wrap up by 8:30 am until morale improves the first cool front comes through in early October. :)

Dtail 08-16-2020 12:44 PM

A lot of early risers dependent on dog walking. Interesting.

W2R 08-16-2020 05:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dtail (Post 2472327)
A lot of early risers dependent on dog walking. Interesting.

Not my cup of tea! But then maybe I'd change my mind if their doggies are really cute. ;D I don't have a pet, but I'm a sucker for cute puppies or kittens.

RobbieB 08-16-2020 07:22 PM

Many times at night to get up and pee. When the sun shines and I have to pee is usually close. Then I vape in bed for a while and plan out the day.

I dunno, between 7 and 10 covers it pretty well.

Dash man 08-16-2020 07:37 PM

I usually wake around 7:00. Every once in a while Iíll sleep until 9:00 or so. Naps in the afternoon once in a while are a nice treat. I do like my sleep!

scrabbler1 08-17-2020 05:58 AM

When I was working FT until mid-2001, I woke up at 7 AM to get ready to make my long, tiring commute. Then, once I began working PT, my wake-up time began to vary. On the commute days, my wake-up time moved up to 7:45 AM, while on the non-commute days I could wake up between 8:30 and 9 AM.


When my current ladyfriend entered the picture, my non-commute wake-up times more coincided with hers, depending on her work schedule. Her work schedule change a lot over the years. Sometimes, she would wake up at 6 AM to be at work by 7:30; other days she wouldn't have to be at work until 9 AM or 10 AM, so our wake-up times were the same.


After I retired in late 2008, all my wake-up times were non-commute ones (YAY!). When I was square dancing, I got home later so my LF and I were apart so I wouldn't wake her up, allowing me to sleep later without her waking me up. But that ended 2 years ago so those sleep-in mornings mostly disappeared.


When my LF has one of her 3 early days, I go back to sleep after she leaves, although not for very long, as I awake up again by 8 AM at the latest. So, when all is said and done, I pretty much getting up around the same time as when I was commuting to work during the PT era. But it's hardly the same because I don't have to rush around and get to the trains.

dixonge 08-17-2020 09:53 AM

Why is this thread not a poll??? :/

W2R 08-17-2020 10:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by W2R (Post 2471927)
Right now, without an alarm I am awakening between 9:30 and 10:00 AM.

Ever since I wrote that in my earlier post on this thread, I have been sleeping in until 10:15 or later. I guess I have to start setting my alarm again. :banghead:

Quote:

Originally Posted by dixonge (Post 2472633)
Why is this thread not a poll??? :/

I dunno, maybe because so many of us like to go on and on, writing lengthy treatises about minor aspects of our retired life like this one? I, for one, am SO guilty of that. :laugh:

MRG 08-17-2020 10:21 AM

Since this thread started we're getting up 10-15 minutes late due to daylight shrinking.

jeeper 08-17-2020 01:12 PM

I wake when the wife goes into work, about 5:00am. It seems that if I sleep more than 6 hours, my back hurts, and I have some memorable dreams. So mostly to bed around 11pm.

ExFlyBoy5 08-17-2020 01:19 PM

No specific time, really. I am normally up around 6-7am to medicate the dogs and if it's pleasant outside, I will start the coffee and sit outside for some valuable solitude time. No TV, no electronic devices, just me...the coffee...and the wildlife. :) Some days, I will take a quick early morning dip in the pool.

If it's not so pleasant out, I usually head back to bed and will be up between 8 and 9'ish. I couldn't tell you the last time I used an alarm clock.

EastWest Gal 08-17-2020 05:56 PM

My schedule is changing the past few weeks, although I retired 15 months ago. I spent 7 years getting up at 4 AM before work. That trained me to wake up at that hour. DH started going to bed later and later, so 3:30-4AM was a good time to be awake for both of us. With retirement, I'm still waking up at 3:30-4AM most nights. But sometimes sleeping through him coming to bed in the wee hours. I got up earlier in May-July, since it was light out and the birds were very noisy, especially in May. So I've slept through the night, maybe 5 times in the last 15 years, mostly in the last month. And I am sleeping soundly. It's nice not feeling tired all the time. I get up between 5:30 and 6:30 most mornings.

I prefer to exercise in the morning, mostly long brisk walks with some jogging thrown in. And I desperately need my solitude time.

RobbieB 08-17-2020 06:22 PM

I have no schedule, I'm retired.

38Chevy454 08-17-2020 06:25 PM

Used to get up 5:15-5:30 for work for many years. Now I find being more of a night owl and normal wake time is 7:30-8:00.

Navigator 08-17-2020 07:48 PM

Since I retired, I usually go to bed around 1 -2 am and wake up between 9 and 10 am. This is my natural schedule. My wife, however, usually gets up at 5 am.

gooddog 08-18-2020 03:31 PM

When my wife tells me to.

Lawrencewendall 08-18-2020 03:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2472840)
I have no schedule, I'm retired.

+1 Whenever.

bluelight 08-18-2020 04:06 PM

Both DH and I are night owls, though he brings it to a new level. I try to be asleep before 2am and wake up around 9:30 am. I've been having problems staying asleep lately and it isn't unusual for me to wake up at 4am, be up until 6am, then go back to sleep.

DH rarely comes to bed before 4am. If he comes in "early", he'll lay in bed and read on his tablet for a couple of hours. He then gets up when I do.

In reality, my cat determines when we get up.

Pellice 08-18-2020 04:07 PM

4:45-5:15 am, same as before. Dawn is my favorite time of day, optimistic, peaceful, and fresh. Love the sunrise and the sound of nature coming alive.

meleana 08-18-2020 04:37 PM

Between 5:30 and 6:30 in summer and 7 - 7:30 am in winter.

Pretty much as the sun rises.

I go to bed around 10. Sometimes 10:30 or 11 pm.

When I worked I got up at 4 am every weekday. I went to bed around 9-10 pm then.

All said I have a hard time sleeping.

richardf 08-18-2020 04:46 PM

Der Goober
 
9 to 10.

Live Large 08-18-2020 05:32 PM

Great question
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by W2R (Post 2472636)
Ever since I wrote that in my earlier post on this thread, I have been sleeping in until 10:15 or later. I guess I have to start setting my alarm again. :banghead:



I dunno, maybe because so many of us like to go on and on, writing lengthy treatises about minor aspects of our retired life like this one? I, for one, am SO guilty of that. :laugh:

Yes & yes :laugh: I read every post here all four pages- not sure how often Iíve done that - Iím not a frequent flier by my # of post but this topic is daily- get it ~ so no set routines for Me had that while working - shift work 0600-1600 / 1500-0100 / 1600-0400 / 2300-0700 / get my drift mostly nights over the years thus I like staying up late 2,3, 4am doze off
wake up some mornings by 7am sleep in till 10am
An early night to bed perhaps 1am up by 9a coffee on rear patio call it my cafť. Time specific when traveling so flights train rides excursions etc. But thatís all been suspended for now, except a morning drive along the Pacific coast if feel the urge. PCH 1.

Oh, Iíll set the alarm by 0530 get on hiking trail by 7a
tomorrow. Most likely wake before alarm internal clock tends to that if I have plans.

~ freedom of ER right? Sleep when U want
be thankful U wake up, whenever that is for the day.
;D;D;D

GaryTN 08-18-2020 05:44 PM

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Originally Posted by capjak (Post 2471716)
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.


I go to bed and get up whenever I want to now that my wife and I are both retired. Normally itís between 6:00 and 8:00 AM when I get up. Normally I go to bed between 10 or 12 PM.

HGTVFanatic 08-18-2020 06:15 PM

I am amazed by these responses. I have never been a morning person. Thankfully, when I was working, I didnít have to get up until 7:00 and that was a real struggle. DH got up at 5:00. I was concerned that after retirement, he was going to continue to be an early riser. Nope. He likes sleeping as much as I do. We go to bed around 11:30 and sleep until 9:00 or 9:30. Sometimes heíll get up around 8:30. Neither one of us naps. I envy morning people.

Beachcomber 08-18-2020 06:19 PM

Can't remember the last time I stayed up til midnight.

Usually in bed around 10 - 10:30. Only need 6 hours sleep so up at 4 - 5.

DW stays up later and gets up around 8:30.

Wish I wrote down all the great things I think of before I get up. ???

Looking4Ward 08-18-2020 06:26 PM

After a life of getting up before the sun came up, I've found myself going to bed later these last several months and sleeping until 9 or 10am and was feeling somewhat guilty about that until seeing some also admitting to sleeping until 9 or 10am :)

Vinnygret 08-18-2020 08:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by capjak (Post 2471716)
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.


I am a natural born night owl. All my working life, I had to get up around 5 AM due to traffic and parking issues in the Baltimore area. Some people are natural born larks (DH). I will never be an early riser unless I have a reason to get up. My natural sleep cycle seems to be 2AM to 10AM. We owls tend to feel we must defend our natural inclinations. Both of my parents were owls. I don't think you can change your inborn makeup. And FWIW, there is NO moral superiority in being a lark. I'm sure my caveman ancestors were the ones who guarded the tribe while the owls slept securely.

34rlsa 08-18-2020 09:28 PM

After bedtime ~every 45 minutes

Tracer 08-18-2020 09:56 PM

I try to get 7 hours every night. The bladder always gets me up, usually anywhere from 4-7am. If that happens between 4-6 I'll try to go back to sleep and usually do for another couple hours to get my 7 hours in. If it happens at 7 or later.. fagetta boutit... I'm up! That is, unless I've been up till 2 or 3am the night before which sometimes happens when I get interested in something on TV and have to keep watching. In those cases, I'll usually sleep till about 9ish. Seems like every night is different. The best thing though is not having to get up for work the next day! :dance:

Old Microbiologist 08-18-2020 11:35 PM

I served 40 years in the military (in uniform and as a civilian scientist) and always started my work day at 0600 (or earlier at O dark 30). Now if I can sleep as late as 0630 it is a miracle. My wife, on the other hand, is a former Soviet scientist and naturalized American citizen (prior to my meeting and marrying her). In Moscow because of the number of people travelling on the metro system they set up a system of scheduling based on your type of work. Laborers were early and academics including scientists started work at 0930. Because of that every Russian scientist I have met in my age group stays up seriously late and get up late as well. Because my wife Day Trades every day on the US market, but we live in Europe her schedule is a bit off from normal. So, she tends to go to bed at around 0230 and gets up around 1000. I have never been able to successfully change my sleep patterns to match hers and crash and burn around midnight. I only get 5 hours of sleep but I am wide awake at 0600 on the dot without an alarm. It is actually weird how precise it is. I get a sens e of panic that I should be at work. In my military career in addition to being a scientist I also was prior Special Forces (enlisted) and a rotary pilot and kept my flight status throughout my career so was at the airport for pre-flight briefings etc. As a scientist because I worked in the metro DC area up in Maryland but lived in Virginia, I put my entire lab group (21 people) on an alternate work schedule where we started work at 0600 but left at 1430. The Federal Government to alleviate traffic problems in DC set up this system for alternate work schedules (ironically similar to what Stalin did in Moscow for the metro system) so it worked out well for me. My crew wasn't all that enamoured about it but they were happy to be home early and those with children were able to spend more time with the family. But, for me it seems to have caused a permanent biological clock set to wake early. We have been retired for 10 years now and it hasn't changed at all whatsoever even when travelling 12 time zones away.

Live Large 08-19-2020 12:44 AM

Still Up ~ retired life
 
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Originally Posted by HGTVFanatic (Post 2473241)
I am amazed by these responses. I have never been a morning person. Thankfully, when I was working, I didnít have to get up until 7:00 and that was a real struggle. DH got up at 5:00. I was concerned that after retirement, he was going to continue to be an early riser. Nope. He likes sleeping as much as I do. We go to bed around 11:30 and sleep until 9:00 or 9:30. Sometimes heíll get up around 8:30. Neither one of us naps. I envy morning people.

Maybe Iíll go to bed by 1am tonight ~ going on a hike
Iíll probably take a nap in the afternoon ~ perhaps
this tread keeps going:laugh::dance: DW early bird 6a still on her laptop work from Hm during the week but she will sleep later say 9-10am wkends

ArmchairMillionaire23 08-19-2020 02:46 AM

Not retired yet. Alarm is set for 3:20 but I'm almost always up by 3:10. On the weekends I can usually sleep in until 5am or so. Once I'm retired I plan on sleeping in until 4 or 5 most days.

kgtest 08-19-2020 05:38 AM

I yell at anyone who is playing pickelball in our neigjborhood before 8am. Its rude. I dont care how hot it is that day. Wait until 9am if the courts are near residence.

PaunchyPirate 08-19-2020 06:21 AM

I am usually in bed by 9:30pm. I watch TV until 10 or 10:30pm. I find myself waking up anywhere between 6:00am and 7:15am. Rarely sleep past 7:15. Afternoon naps are fairly common.

doneat54 08-19-2020 07:00 AM

I wake up predictably between 8:00-9:00. To bed after the hottub every night between 11:00 and midnight. Had decades of tormented sleep through FIRE, until it was found I had slightly high BP and it was treated with meds.

Timeisprecious 08-19-2020 07:38 AM

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Originally Posted by capjak (Post 2471716)
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.

Get yourself a cloth eye blocker! :laugh:

PointBreeze 08-19-2020 08:40 AM

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Originally Posted by pb4uski (Post 2471762)
Left to my own devices, I'm usually up between 7am and 8:30am. But sometimes earlier and sometimes later.

+1

Rambler 08-19-2020 08:47 AM

I get up usually around 4:45 in the summer, as light starts coming into my room. Living in the Phoenix area, we have to get out early in the summer to walk the dogs, or they donít get a walk. The Boston Terror has to have his walk or he can be a real terror, but being brachysephalic (sp???) he doesnít tolerate heat very well. The Vizsla does fine. Our runs in the summer are on the treadmill most of the time. As autumn and winter approach, I get more sleep. One of my pet peeves, however, is when DW tells me (in the winter) that Iíve got to get up early to do this or that. I always tell her that Iím retired and Iíll get up when my body tells me itís dam* good n ready to get up.

The HalfBreed 08-19-2020 11:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Looking4Ward (Post 2473249)
After a life of getting up before the sun came up, I've found myself going to bed later these last several months and sleeping until 9 or 10am and was feeling somewhat guilty about that until seeing some also admitting to sleeping until 9 or 10am :)

Same here. I worked rotating shift work for 35+ years, 24/7/365.
It was a 5 week rotation with Five 8-4p, followed by Six 8-4p, then Seven 4-mid and then Seven Midnight - 8a.

Yes, 6 days and 7 days straight, but there were only 5 days in one week, but it carried thru to the weekends +.

There's no reason for me to be up looking at TV at 6 am, so I'm up til ~3am and wake around 9 - 10 am. Good enough.

capjak 08-19-2020 11:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Timeisprecious (Post 2473403)
Get yourself a cloth eye blocker! :laugh:

Wife and I both have one but I usually do not sleep with it and than wake up to put it on, it seems uncomfortable to wear all night.

Better to save the blindfold for special nights;D

sgstaley 08-19-2020 11:40 AM

I wake up with the sun if I cannot sleep in darkness (blinds.)
When I am at home I wake up 6 am - 7 am in summer if I don't have any projects going. If I have projects going I wake up around 5:30 am.
I caretake my mother 15 days a month. When I am there I wake up at 7 am - 7:45 am.

YVRRocketSurgery 08-19-2020 01:01 PM

Wow, I can't believe there are so many early risers.
We're still working so we wake up early for the daily grind. But we're more night owls and try to sleep in until 10am on the weekends or while on vacation.

jollystomper 08-19-2020 01:34 PM

I normally get up at 6AM. It just seems to make the day go better for me. In the summer I try to golf early, to beat the heat, so that I am done by 11AM and have the rest of the day for whatever I want (or do not want) to do. I will take it easy in the middle of the day (siesta time :)), then go back to activities in the evening. I am usually in bed sometime between 11 and midnight.

Vinnygret 08-19-2020 07:41 PM

"My crew wasn't all that enamoured about it but they were happy to be home early and those with children were able to spend more time with the family. But, for me it seems to have caused a permanent biological clock set to wake early."


Honestly, I think your internal clock is set biologically. All my working life I HAD TO get up early and NEVER stopped hating it. I will get up early when I must, but left alone, my body prefers to go to bed late (2 AM usually to 10 AM). I've read several articles about "extreme night owls" and that has only confirmed my belief that our sleep cycle is programmed by nature. Both of my biological parents were night owls.

goingtotravel 08-19-2020 07:54 PM

Still w*rking but have been teleworking for years. Have been waking up between 6:20 and 6:45 without an alarm the entire time. Bed time varies. Not sure I will ever be able to sleep past 7 but will have to RE to find out.


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