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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


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:


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


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

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.

GaryTN 08-18-2020 05:44 PM


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. ???

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