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Old 01-21-2016, 12:47 AM
 
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Another night owl checking in here. After 30-some years of extreme sleep deprivation, with an early to work job combined with a late to sleep body, retirement is sheer bliss. I stay up reading or fooling around on the piano (no neighbors) or playing on the internet until drifting off around 3 or 4, then sleep until 11 or noon. I do try to gradually move everything up a couple hours if I have a trip coming up where I want to maximize driving during daylight hours. And every now and then something unavoidable gets me up "early" and I remember how it felt those long years of dragging through the day, living on Diet Coke.

Guilt? My hours of sleep are a personal preference, not a moral dividing line.

I have a friend who decided when he retired that he did best on a 25 hour cycle. Every day he would stay up one hour later and sleep one hour later. You had to plan meals or events with him to coincide with where he was in his sleep cycle. At least my friends know not to call before noon, but early morning is fine if you feel inclined to talk.
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Old 01-21-2016, 12:54 AM
 
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Late sleepers, unite!
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Old 01-21-2016, 12:54 AM
 
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I agree with the 35 or 38 years of severe sleep deprivation due to my working, and that retirement is now bliss because of no longer being forced to arise at 6:15am or 6:30am!!
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Old 01-21-2016, 01:26 AM
 
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Cliff Edwards sings Herman Hupfeld's "Night Owl." http://youtu.be/-_QBOlS0s-s
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Old 01-21-2016, 01:56 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I now find it impossible to get up early in the morning. yes, spoiled

I would not call it 'self-indulgence' at all as OP does though. That sounds like a derogatory and puritanical take on choosing when to sleep.

For me, it is just choosing what you wish to do in retirement and what fits your personality, interests, and body clock.

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Guilt? My hours of sleep are a personal preference, not a moral dividing line.
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Late sleepers, unite!

Another hardcore night owl thanks the three of you for saying this. I spent many years happily keeping a swing shift schedule at work but assumed that when I retired, I'd go back to "normal" hours. That didn't happen. I've been feeling guilty about it ever since. It's a relief to know that I'm not the only one.
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Old 01-21-2016, 02:10 AM
 
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I hate early morning appointments. I like to lounge around drinking coffee until 10ish or so. We do meet for breakfast a couple times a week.

Yesterday was terrible because we had to rush to the ER with mom. Missed my usual quota of coffee. Dang hospital cafeteria closed at 9. What kind of place doesn't have coffee!!!! She and the rest of us survived to live and whine another day.
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Old 01-21-2016, 02:55 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I am AMAZED after having been at work by 04:30am EVERY M-F how quickly I learned to enjoy to "sleep in". Of course, that hormonal up from 2-4am still is an issue (as it was before retirement), but now I can go back to bed and sleep until 9am without ANY issue!

I guess the BIGGEST thing about my 13 months of retirement is NOT being sleep deprived. Nap when I want to, no problem!
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Old 01-21-2016, 03:34 AM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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You guys make me feel like I fit right in. Sleep is erratic & I did feel guilty at times, until I told myself I was entitled.

I'm off to sleep now. Good night.
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Old 01-21-2016, 04:10 AM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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I go to bed early, 10-11, and get up early, 5-6:30 I've always been a morning person and get up as soon as it's light. The grocery store aisles are empty when I shop early and when I'm asked if an early appointment time is okay, they are almost apologetic offering it. I love living in an area with a large retirement population, from my observations, many aren't early risers.

My best friend is a night owl, she put room darkening shades and white noise machines in her kids rooms until the time they started school. She was the first night owl that I knew. She loved nothing better than going to the grocery store when the aisles were empty too, but she liked going after midnight when we got off from working an evening shift together. I would be exhausted and she was just hitting her stride by then. We swung on opposite spectrums, but liked the same things.

My Dad was a stickler for getting up early and beating the crowds, even on vacation. How we hated that as kids and now I'm just like him.

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Old 01-21-2016, 04:22 AM
 
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When I wake up which can be anytime but 5 is probably a target time for my body to naturally wake up and stay up.
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