U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Retirement
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 02-23-2017, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
13,888 posts, read 25,327,549 times
Reputation: 26385

Advertisements

One of the best things about retirement is no longer living by the alarm clock! I always found it depressing to sleep and wake up according to someone else's needs. I despise it when I have to set the clock now! I always thought I was sleep deprived during my working life. But I find I don't sleep a lot more than I did before.

My 'normal' hours are usually in bed by 2am and awake by 9 or 10am.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 02-23-2017, 04:15 PM
 
1,770 posts, read 2,443,375 times
Reputation: 5164
I didn't enjoy sleeping! I was clinically exhausted and when I retired, I slept 16- 18 hours a day for about a month. Then, slowly, not so much. Then, for the next 5 yrs, I had nightmares about my job. Now - retired for 18 yrs or whatever, I sleep in fits and starts and don't worry about it at all. Sometimes, I don't sleep at all for 2 days. It doesn't matter now.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-23-2017, 04:50 PM
 
Location: equator
3,442 posts, read 1,532,968 times
Reputation: 8561
Quote:
Originally Posted by yellowsnow View Post
One of the best things about retirement is no longer living by the alarm clock! I always found it depressing to sleep and wake up according to someone else's needs. I despise it when I have to set the clock now! I always thought I was sleep deprived during my working life. But I find I don't sleep a lot more than I did before.

My 'normal' hours are usually in bed by 2am and awake by 9 or 10am.

This is how we always were since I was on 2nd shift and he was self-employed. Then strangely, on retirement, things are starting to shift. Falling asleep in front of TV around 9 or 10, then sometimes watch "Cosmos" or something similar while nodding off in bed.


Then the accursed wee-hours bathroom trip and sometimes don't sleep after that until dawn, then sleep some more till whenever. It'll be interesting to see how it all settles down after so many years living the other schedule.


Neither of us ever got into napping but that may be in our golden future too....


No more alarms! Yea!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-23-2017, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
8,399 posts, read 9,145,702 times
Reputation: 13036
Quote:
Originally Posted by mathjak107 View Post
i am up daily by 4:45am ..

but 9pm is the new midnight .
This is an important concept. It's all relative. Sleep till 10AM go to bed at 2AM. Eight hours is eight hours no matter how you slice it. Me? It's 10:30 to bed and up by 7:00. Most afternoons, toss in a 30 minute nap.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-23-2017, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Planet Woof
3,139 posts, read 3,509,293 times
Reputation: 9889
I am more the 2am-9am sleeper in winter, but convert to 12-7am in summer. Up with the sun and sometimes even by 6am if going golfing.
But these hours are not carved in stone. I am pretty spontaneous about all this. My body leads the way! LOL
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-23-2017, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
3,543 posts, read 2,235,309 times
Reputation: 10607
I'm not retired, but I have been slowing my business down a bit. I find that 9 hours is now perfect for me.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-23-2017, 09:31 PM
 
1,440 posts, read 723,802 times
Reputation: 3729
Quote:
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.

I think most Americans are sleep deprived. Maybe that's one reason there is so much alzheimer's and heart disease.

Don't miss any of that one bit......the hard to fall asleep thing then worrying that you can't/won't get to sleep causing even more stress that keeps you awake.....leading to clock watching to see the minutes/hours tick past and then calculating "if I fall asleep in 20 mins it'll give me 3 hours of sleep" and on and on. Someone here said it the best that it can ever be said: The best part of retirement is owning your day and doing whatever you want whenever you want.


Quote:
Originally Posted by BayAreaHillbilly View Post
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.
Don't sweat it.....once the weight of working and living your life according to someone else's clock & demands is gone it will feel like a tremendous burden is off your shoulders and you'll sleep better than you ever have. After a short period of no alarm clock blaring in your head to get you up and when you realize that it's OK and you don't NEED to get up will seem like heaven and you'll sleep like a baby.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-23-2017, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Planet Woof
3,139 posts, read 3,509,293 times
Reputation: 9889
Remember going to bed exhausted,but not wanting to go to sleep because you dreaded getting up? I had days like that.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-24-2017, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Nesconset, NY
2,203 posts, read 3,483,738 times
Reputation: 2125
Quote:
Originally Posted by FeelinLow View Post
I left my last part-time contract job end of January. They called up out of the blue and their need for my services ended. It was my last connection to a profession I'd had for 28 years and I was planning on ending it in March when my SS starts. Needless to say I was elated to be done with it sooner.
Since then I have slept like a baby. Deep, relaxed, dream-filled sleep. Day naps pop up some afternoons and they are ''mini heavens''. I wake up refreshed and my whole body feels deeply relaxed in a new and wonderful way. I especially love to nap by the window during rain storms.
I figure it's a body-soul ''unwinding'' after years of tension. Whatever, it feels so nice.
Did any of you go through similar after retirement?
Not so much. I won't fully retire (working from home at the moment). But I have gone from an aveg. of 4-5 hrs./night sleep to 6-7 hrs./night. I still prefer to get up before the sunrise. And, every once in a while, I really miss having a higher level of stress that comes with deadlines and commitments.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-24-2017, 07:42 AM
 
Location: 26N x 82W
538 posts, read 284,841 times
Reputation: 898
Quote:
Originally Posted by FeelinLow View Post
Since then I have slept like a baby. Deep, relaxed, dream-filled sleep...
Did any of you go through similar after retirement?
Also newly retired as of January and just now able to sleep in until 6 a.m. or so. My job of 37 years that I left in July 2016, had me at work by 6 a.m. I picked up a contract job immediately after and because of the commute had me leaving the house at 4:45 a.m.

What I am noticing most is a thing you identified, the quality of the sleep is much better, no drifting off and waking up thinking about projects, or in my case wondering what nasty things the new managers were going to come up with day after day.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Retirement
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top