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Old 02-22-2017, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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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?
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Old 02-23-2017, 01:48 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I sleep all the time unless I need to be at the airport to go somewhere, or if my part time job needs me. I have never been a sleeper. Even as a baby and young child. My mother told me I never slept a a baby, her favorite. Getting up to sit in school or go to a job with a hamster wheel commute after pretending to sleep at night drove me crazy. Now that I am retired I like to stay up all night and sleep til 1-2 pm. Love it. If I need to get up I do. But if I don't, I don't. And I remain healthy, wealthy, and wise. I sleep best in the mornings and early afternoons, and love fresh air or rain. Thunderstorms were the only thing that put me to sleep at night. No harm done, just a different roll.
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Old 02-23-2017, 04:53 AM
 
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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.
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Old 02-23-2017, 04:55 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Not really. I still get up between 4:30 and 5. Will occasionally sleep in until 5:15.
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Old 02-23-2017, 04:57 AM
 
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i am up daily by 4:45am ..

but 9pm is the new midnight .
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Old 02-23-2017, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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My body wakens me by 4 AM. So I get up and read.

But one thing nice about being retired is that if I feel sleepy in the afternoon, I can take a nap.

Siesta Time!
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Old 02-23-2017, 09:19 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Yes, the first year was catching up to years of sleep deprivation. But my husband and I still sleep a lot now. Bed by 10:00pm and up around 7-7:30am. No more alarms. We also nap after lunch.
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Old 02-23-2017, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Yesterday's New York Times report:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/w...-dementia.html
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Old 02-23-2017, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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I think naps during the daytime are so decadent! I can't wait to enjoy them on a weekday and not just on the occasional weekend!
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Old 02-23-2017, 09:34 AM
 
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Upon retiring eight years ago I really enjoyed waking to the sound of my neighbor's starting their cars on freezing cold mornings, knowing I was going to roll over and go back to sleep. Also on those days when it was snowing like crazy or pouring rain, I'd pour another cup of coffee and just sit sit back reading the news and getting into the day on the slow track. The last six years of my work life I was on a second shift, three to eleven thirty, often walking out to a snow covered car and highways that had little traffic on them, twenty three miles home in white knuckle driving weather. Yeah, I love retirement..
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