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Old 01-21-2016, 10:56 PM
Location: Sacramento
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We still have to get up early in the morning to help get our daughter off to her program, we have to get up at 5:45 AM to get her to her transportation point.

But unlike when I was working, I can relax after we get her off and eat a leisurely breakfast and then go on the computer or do some chores for awhile. When working it was a quick snack breakfast with some instant coffee then off to get ready for work.

Major difference, and great to be able to enjoy it.
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Old 01-21-2016, 11:12 PM
Location: Florida Gulf Coast
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Originally Posted by NYgal2NC View Post
I have always liked being able to "sleep in" and retirement has been a pure joy for that. I don't usually go to bed till about 1 a.m., sometimes earlier, sometimes later.

But ever since I adopted my cat GG, well, everything is so different now. She is an early riser (5 a.m. 'ish) and won't settle down till I'm up and feeding her followed by some play time. Her kibble is always available, but she wants some wet food first thing. At first I hated it, my other cat was older and slept as long as I did (at least I think she did).

I'm hoping once GG gets a bit older, she won't have a need to get up early.
Ahhhh, that's what I like about dogs. My dogs have adapted to MY schedule. I take them out for their final potty at 2 or 3 AM, and then we all sleep in. I try to get up and take them for potty and feed them by 9 or 10, because one of them throws up yellow liquid when she doesn't have anything in her stomach....but then we go back to bed. They know the whole drill. And if I happen to need an afternoon nap on the couch, they know the drill for that too. My little boy goes directly into my walk-in closet, and my girl jumps up on the couch at my feet. It's hilarious.
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Old 01-22-2016, 12:58 AM
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Maybe you need to reconsider the volunteer work. You can and should be able to set the time that works for you. Especially because you aren't getting paid. Things happen....you body may be telling you to slow down. What's the hurry now?
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Old 01-22-2016, 02:18 AM
Location: Los Angeles area
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Originally Posted by Tominftl View Post
Maybe you need to reconsider the volunteer work. You can and should be able to set the time that works for you. Especially because you aren't getting paid. Things happen....you body may be telling you to slow down. What's the hurry now?
Please re-read my original post. I most definitely do NOT need to "reconsider" the volunteer work because it is a source of great satisfaction and pleasure. The times do in fact "work" for me. It was not a problem to get going a bit earlier on that one day; the only thing about it was that it pointed out how spoiled I had become and I ended up hurrying to get ready on time.

I am not so helpless and pathetic that a little hurrying is seen as a problem - after all it was a one-day exception and in any case it makes me feel fully alive. My body is not telling me to slow down; on the contrary, having engaging, interesting, and meaningful activities keeps my mind and body vital and energetic.

I do control the amount of volunteer work; I have set the number of days per week (three) and hours per day (varies on each of the three days, but always less than a full work day) that work well for me. I am fortunate to have found this best of all worlds. That means the number of hours and the satisfaction derived is the best for me; the same number of hours could be too many or too few for someone else.

All that was tangential to the main point of this thread, which was our sleeping and waking habits and preferences now that we have (as retirees) more choice in the matter.

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Old 01-22-2016, 03:16 AM
Location: San Antonio
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Had the same issues with our dog, and then got a doggie door! BEST investment since our yard is fenced EVER!!!!
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Old 01-22-2016, 03:23 AM
Location: Las Vegas
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Thanks everyone! It is wonderful to be validated as a night owl! I am the only one in my family so it is nice to know I am not the only one out there!
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Old 01-22-2016, 03:50 AM
Location: california
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Some days I'm up at 3-4-5-6-7AMThis morning I'm up at 2 AM here and I may go back to bed again , we'll see.
I get short naps during the day ,but nothing where I really sleep .
I've always had jobs that threw my life around and shifts that got changed at random ,so it's nothing new.
At least I don't have to worry about upsetting a boss sleeping on the job.
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Old 01-22-2016, 05:56 AM
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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I am not retired yet but reading through the posts here made me wonder ... did any of you discover in retirement that your internal clock is set for more than 24 hours? From what I've read so far, that doesn't seem to be the case for any of you -- i.e., you may sleep different hours in retirement, but they're still based on the "normal" 24-hour day.

I ask because I have a circadian rhythm disorder that apparently about half of blind people have, which is that when I am left to my own devices (i.e., when I DO NOT have to conform to a particular schedule, like a work schedule), my body reverts to its normal internal 25- or 26-hour clock. So I may wake up at 8 a.m. today, but tomorrow it may be 9:30 a.m., the next day 11 a.m., the next day 12:30 p.m., etc. etc. (with going-to-sleep times correspondingly later each day as well, of course). I am a college professor and was just on sabbatical (fall '15), and my schedule was this erratic.

I remember being like this when I was in my teens, and I'm now 57, so it's been about 40 years. My schedule ALWAYS does this when I have unstructured time -- it can happen in as little as a week (e.g., during our spring break). (I am back at work now so try to maintain an early schedule, even on weekends, but sometimes it's difficult.)

It usually doesn't bother me, as I have friends and family members who live in different time zones so I can always find someone to talk to if I want, and I live alone most of the time so I don't have to worry about anyone else getting annoyed at my odd schedule. (When I have house guests, I try to stay "normal"!)

I sometimes worry about whether this will get worse in retirement when virtually ALL of my time is my own. Of course I can "stop" my schedule from creeping forward day by day by setting an alarm, but if I were to do that, I would basically be very tired every day for the rest of my life, which doesn't sound too appealing.

Anyway, just curious is this has happened to anyone else in retirement. I suspect that a lot more people have the disorder than REALIZE they have it, simply because family life, work schedules, etc. usually don't allow people's schedules to get out of sync as much as mine does.
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Old 01-22-2016, 11:40 AM
Location: Las Vegas
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I worked all kinds of oddball hours during my working life. I always looked forward to a time when I wouldn't have to be a slave to the alarm clock. I still have one but I probably only have to set it once or twice a month. And that makes me happy!
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Old 01-22-2016, 12:01 PM
Location: Gulf Coast
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I've fought the night-owl tendency my whole life. Hard being married to a guy who sleeps a little bit and gets up 5:00am or earlier and thinks anything beyond 7 in the morning lazy.....

If I was on my own, I wonder how bad I would get. Seems, though, that the whole world is on a different schedule than I am. Course, I don't mind working in the evenings, at night, etc. and I often sit at my desk evenings or later catching up. Appointments and others' schedules are a problem.

It's the electric lights that throw us off. Pioneers went by sun time.
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