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Old 09-16-2017, 05:59 AM
 
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I am a morning person. I wake naturally anywhere between 4 and 6. No alarm.
I do this naturally and I find the morning is my favorite part of the day. I get a lot accomplished before work and really enjoy leisurely drinking my coffee, watching tv, surfing the net, laundry, cleaning etc.
I also enjoy the quiet.
When my kids were babies, I did stay up late (for me lol probably around midnight) partly to have some quiet time I guess. But never been a late riser. Even if I go to sleep late, I will be up pretty early.
DH is a night owl.
Curious to see in retirement if it changes but I don't think so. The only thing that might change a little is maybe a mid afternoon short nap and then I might be up later. but I think I will always be an early riser.
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Old 09-16-2017, 07:13 AM
 
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I used to sleep a lot when I was younger.

I remember on weekends when I was in high school, we would sleep until 1 or 2 in the afternoon!!

They do say you need more sleep when you are growing.
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Old 09-16-2017, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Why do you set an alarm for the days you have nothing planned? Will you continue that in retirement?
I plan on having structured days in retirement because I've seen relatives retire with no schedule or structure in their days and that's not a lifestyle I particularly like. I also want to make sure I don't oversleep (more than 8 hours) because if I do I feel like crap.
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Old 09-16-2017, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in Colorado
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Ever since I had that 3rd shift job (40 years ago, lasted less than 2 years), I've been an early morning person. Never needed an alarm clock. Even retired, in bed by 9, usually up around 3.
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Old 09-16-2017, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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It is near impossible for me to wake up when it is still dark outside. I force myself to do it 2-3 times a week to play golf in the summer so we start early and beat the heat. If left up to me I would get up about 9am. Usually in bed by 11pm.
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Old 09-16-2017, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I haven't changed a bit. I've been a night owl since I was a little girl and I'm a night owl now. I was out on my bike from midnight after walking the dogs until 2am. I went to bed at 5am. My cardiologist put me on 40 mg's of Lipitor that made me do nothing but sleep for about 3 weeks, but I'm back to not sleeping and staying up half of the night again. Fridays are hard days for me because I have to be up at 9am for roller skating at 10am. Those days are killer. Other then that. I don't do mornings. Wow I just realized that I roller skated for two hours, worked in the yard, walked the dogs after the news for over an hour and rode my bike for two hours yesterday. So much for the Lipitor. I'm back to normal.
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Old 09-16-2017, 11:38 AM
 
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I plan on having structured days in retirement because I've seen relatives retire with no schedule or structure in their days and that's not a lifestyle I particularly like. I also want to make sure I don't oversleep (more than 8 hours) because if I do I feel like crap.
I know people will say that you don't need structured days in retirement, but I'm like you.

I hate having people call me up at 8 or so in the morning to go do something. Just like I didn't like to talk that early - I don't like to be bothered that early.

And yes, I am up, but I am lounging with my coffee! Now if we had plans to meet for breakfast at 9 - I will get up and go, since I have it on my "schedule".

And another thing they might want to go shop at crappy trinket stores or yard sales - hell to the NO. They have finally left me alone about that.
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Old 09-16-2017, 01:05 PM
 
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4/5 am awake, usually read, go back to sleep. Today, arose at 5 am or so, have been getting a few chores completed as well as Post here, be on the computer. My internal clock wants to retire 9:30 p.m. or thereabouts.

Changed have you, now as a retiree from a night owl to a rooster (morning person) or vice versa ?
Not really. I like the mornings, and I like the nights. I don't like mid-day. That is the same as I was when working.
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Old 09-16-2017, 05:27 PM
 
Location: The sleepy part of New York City
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Both, it seems. I love the quiet of the early morning to be outside with the dogs or read with my coffee. The most I sleep in, if I do, is 8:30. I stay up most nights til 1 or 2. Afternoon naps make this pattern possible, when it happens. Mostly I just go with the flow of when my body says to sleep. I like this new, natural sleep pattern. A lot.
That's what I do too. I love the mornings because it's quiet but then I'm up late watching tv. But in between I need my nap time. If I miss it.. I get a little cranky.
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Old 09-16-2017, 06:22 PM
 
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My rising time varies, now that I am retired. But as a person with health issues, sometimes I need to get up at odd hours, so that can interrupt my sleep.

Hubby and I stay up later than we did in working days, and I enjoy reading late at night. We usually get up around 8:00 am. And we never rule out an afternoon, early evening nap -- if we feel like one!
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