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Old 09-15-2017, 08:02 AM
Location: WA
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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 ?
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Old 09-15-2017, 11:27 AM
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I have never been a morning person. Never!

Since I retired, nothing has changed.
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Old 09-15-2017, 11:44 AM
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I am eager to find out, when I retire in January after 27 years of night shifts (overnight, 11p - 7a). When on vacation or out on injury, I routinely go to sleep around 2a until 11a. I think that's my normal and always has been.

If I became a morning person, I'd be stunned. In the winter, it's best to be a morning person to take advantage of the limited daylight, but what can ya do...
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Old 09-15-2017, 12:11 PM
Location: equator
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I hoped to be more of a "morning person" in retirement, after so many years working late shifts, but after a year, it ain't happening yet. The geezers around us are all up at 6 a.m., a couple of them at 4 a.m.---but DH and I are snoozin' til 9 or 10....then don't get out of the house until 3:00---sorta like when we were working, LOL.
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Old 09-15-2017, 12:17 PM
Location: Kennett Square, PA
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Me and the pooches are up by 5 a.m.- which is great if I feel like substitute teaching that day, but horrible if I'm teaching a night course at the local community college. Then I don't get home until 9:30, and it takes at least an hour for me to "wind down."
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Old 09-15-2017, 12:30 PM
Location: Central NY
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I have never been a morning person, tho I almost always worked a daytime job.

Retired now for a few years, I am up till about 1 a.m. and try to get about 7 hrs of sleep, tho will sleep longer if one of the cats doesn't object.

I can get to morning things tho prefer not to. When asked what time I want an appointment, I always say not before 10 a.m.
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Old 09-15-2017, 12:34 PM
Location: Idaho
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I was a night owl for most of my life until I discovered rowing 15 years ago.

The best rowing experience is early in the morning when the river is calm. Nature is also at its most magical moment in the early hours just before sunrise.

I used to stay up until 1 or 2 am working, reading, surfing the web or playing computer games (sometimes this got me going until 3-4 am!). I had a somewhat flexible work hours so unless there were early morning meetings, I did not get up until 8am to be at work at around 9am. I was most productive after regular work hours when I usually worked until 7-8pm.

For the last 10 years or longer, I got in the habit of getting up at 4:30 am to be at the river at 5:30am during weekdays and 6 am for 7 am weekend rowing sessions. Rowing is still a huge part of my life so I still get up early in retirement. However, not working gives me the luxury of staying up until mid night every so often (instead of going to bed at 10:30pm) and taking a short afternoon nap the next day to fill my sleep quota.

I would consider myself an evening person because my brain seems to function best in the evening. If it was not for rowing, I would stay up very late every day. However, my rowing experience shows that my physical peak is in the morning. Maybe I should take more afternoon naps so that I can enjoy staying up late and getting up early i.e. being both a morning and evening person ;-)
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Old 09-15-2017, 01:06 PM
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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I raise chickens, turkeys, and pigs here in Maine. My BIL handles the meat bird operation down in TN. I have always been a morning person, and am still up at 4:30 AM, out doing chores in the darkness. By about 8:30 PM, I'm ready to call it a day, and begin to snooze.

What surprises me is that my BIL, who was always a night owl, now gets up around 5 AM as well, and falls asleep by 9 PM. So after retirement, he changed, but I didn't!
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Old 09-15-2017, 01:35 PM
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Not sure - is that possible?

I like to stay up late reading. I like to get up early and relax in bed with my coffee. By early I mean 7ish.

I do have dogs, so they kind of make me get up early. I don't go back to sleep or even nap during the day.

I'm constantly asked - didn't you nap? And I tell them I am not ready yet for old lady naps! By old I mean 95 and up..
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Old 09-15-2017, 02:07 PM
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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I was always a morning person until my physical condition made it such that I cannot get to sleep till usually between 3 and 5 o'clock in the morning. Now I don't get up until at least One o'clock to about 4. and I am still tired then as well.
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