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Old 02-23-2017, 09:59 AM
Location: annandale, va & slidell, la
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I can only sleep about 5-hours. I was that way when I worked. If I go to bed at midnight I'll wake at 5 or so.
The other factor is our dogs. They need to go out at daylight, so that would be my sleep limit anyway.
I will admit, sometimes I like a 3PM nap! Couldn't do that while working!
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Old 02-23-2017, 10:03 AM
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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I sleep 9 hours everyday, never that much while working.
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Old 02-23-2017, 10:11 AM
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One reason why I retired was so I could sleep as late as I like. I had to get up at 5:50 AM to catch a 6:30 bus to school at age 13 already. Since then, weekends and days off were my "let me sleep" days. Noon was my natural "organic" waking time. Now retired (almost 10 years) I can barely eek out 6 hours and a nap (which I almost never used to do) is required most days. Naps morph into a 2 or 3 hour long thing. Wastes the best part of the day. I have never been able to hit the sack before midnight ever since my college days.
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Old 02-23-2017, 10:39 AM
Location: USA
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Originally Posted by Good4Nothin View Post
For me, the hardest thing about working was never getting nearly enough sleep. It was hard to fall asleep, knowing I had to get up early, and worrying that I would be tired all day.

I was tired all day every day. That is a VERY BAD feeling.

Same here. I cannot get to sleep at night and I'm averaging 4-5 hours of sleep and I am exhausted all the time. Then the weekends are precious "me" time, so I get up even earlier so I don't waste any of "my" time.

I tell people that when I get to quit working (hopefully only 265 working days left), I intend to sleep for two weeks straight
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Old 02-23-2017, 10:42 AM
Location: SW MO
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Eventually! It took about a year to break my work-day routine of being in bed by 9:30 p.m. and awakening at 5:30 a.m. NOW I enjoy sleeping more and even take an occasional nap. It helps that I've been retired now for going on 10 years.
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Old 02-23-2017, 10:50 AM
Location: Lakewood OH
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I slept a lot when I first retired. Then I found I wasn't needing as much sleep. I've never been a good sleeper since I was a kid. My internal sleep-clock has always wanted to go to bed late and wake up late. That's hard to do when you have school and/or work to get to.

Now I sleep as I need to sleep. I don't make any appointments for early morning. The only problems I have is early bird friends who think I should be up and running in the very early morning like they are. Not gonna happen.

Another thing I love about retirement and being able to make my own schedule.
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Old 02-23-2017, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by mathjak107 View Post
i am up daily by 4:45am ..

but 9pm is the new midnight .
That's when I realized I was old. In my youth I used to stay up for Letterman, and often even whose ever show was on after his.

A few years ago I found myself taking my melatonin at a quarter till 9, and turning the tv off at 9 for bed.
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Old 02-23-2017, 11:57 AM
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Default Sleeping more?

I will say that I sleep more now that I am semi-retired, since my part-time job doesn't start until 12:30 pm.
OTOH, my alarm still goes off at 6:30 a.m. because I like to do my own personal things in the a.m. before heading to work.

I also can nap about anytime and go to bed at about 10 pm. I put that down to the additional meds that I take now that I didn't take 10 years ago.
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Old 02-23-2017, 12:02 PM
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I naively hope that my 30+ years of sleep deficit (and counting) can be somewhat mitigated if / when I retire. Maybe some of the tangles will get repaired. One can hope. Realistically, though, it will probably require yet-to-be developed micromachines to perform such brain repairs.

Therefore, I continue to amass contingency plans for dementia.
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Old 02-23-2017, 01:09 PM
Location: SoCal
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Originally Posted by lenora View Post
Fake news again from the NYT. Read the comments from people who have experience with real people with Alzheimer's, some don't sleep at all.
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