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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

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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 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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