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All my friends are early risers!!
Old 06-14-2016, 09:16 AM
 
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Oh, I want to be an early bird, but I don't think I can do it!

My DH (still working) is ALWAYS up by 5 or 6a.m. and 8 or 9 a.m. is good for me. When I talk to friends at 10 or 11 a.m., still in my p.j.'S, they tell me what all they've accomplished so far in their day.

Is there any hope that my body will naturally wake up at 6:00 some day?


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Old 06-14-2016, 10:29 AM
 
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Wow! I've spent the first 12 months of my retirement trying to sleep in till 6 am. It's actually a painful struggle. But I'm making progress!
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Nine o clock is way too early
Old 06-14-2016, 10:45 AM
 
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I spent my working years getting up at 5:30.

Now that I'm retired I can stay up at late as I want. Usually sleep until 10.
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Old 06-14-2016, 10:58 AM
 
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Personally I don't see the attraction of waking up early. I get cranky if I'm up before 8 . Anything that can be done between the hours of 5 and 8 can be done between 9 and 9 and 12 just as easily, maybe easier because it will be light out!
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Old 06-14-2016, 12:26 PM
 
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Oh how I wish I could sleep late. I would love to stay up late and sleep late, but my husband is still working. Well it would not matter it he was working or not...that man is one who wakes at about 4:30 and it kills him to not wake me before 6:00. I have a Golden and a Springer that won't let me sleep either. I think he secretly has trained them to wake me up by 6:00. I have to make up for it with an afternoon nap. I know that is a horrible thing, but oh well. Free to do as I choose while everyone is gone


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Old 06-14-2016, 12:44 PM
 
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I always thought of myself as an Early Bird. Since I've been retired for 4 years, sometimes 9 am is too early! DH is retired, too, so early isn't necessary for us anymore! Thank goodness!
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getting up early
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Nope. Not going to happen. I spent too many mornings getting up at 5:00 am to go to work. As a night owl it was very difficult for me to get up so early, and it took over an hour and a lot of espresso to have some semblance of wakefulness. Now my natural wake-up time is anywhere between 7:30 and 8:30 am. DH got so used to getting up at 5 am with me that he still does it every morning. I just turn over and have another couple of hours of wonderful sleep.
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Old 06-14-2016, 04:52 PM
 
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I always detested waking up at 4:50 a.m. however during the summer and on weekends it is usually 9. Since I was a "late in life" mom, my son has to be up by 5:30 to get the bus at 6:30. I am more of a night owl than an early bird and my husband is the exact opposite.
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Often thought I'd like to be an early bird
Old 06-14-2016, 05:51 PM
 
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Every summer the thought would go through my head, but it never happened. By the end of the second week, I would be staying up until one and waking up at 9. I just retired this spring and the same thing has happened, I can't fall asleep until 1 am and wake up at 9. I'm with you, Fish2, I am CRANKY before 8 am. I refuse to make any appointments before noon!!
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Old 06-14-2016, 06:48 PM
 
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Why in the world, just why, would you want to get up at 6 AM? I suggest you stick with the 8 or 9 and if all those friends who tell you how much they accomplished by 10 are getting to you, call me instead!

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Old 06-14-2016, 06:50 PM
 
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...a bit earlier for me. Usually 7 am. I do love to relax with paper, coffee, emails etc until 9 ish but then I am off on a walk, yoga, gardening or errands. Being done by noon gives me time for projects, out of town drive, meeting with friends or just reading. I do love to stay up late without tension too! Isn't it great we can all relax and live on our own comfortable timetables?
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Old 06-15-2016, 06:35 AM
 
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I believe mornings are highly overrated. 8 or 9 is plenty early enough to rise. Just think of all you can get done from 11 to 1 AM while all your lark friends are sound asleep
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Old 06-15-2016, 10:20 AM
 
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on Tues and Thursday I was getting up at 7 to go to a 7:50 Zumba class and that killed me to get up so early but once I was up and out it was fine. Now that summer is here the class got moved to 7:40 and moved fifteen minutes away. I have not gone to one yet because I would have to get up earlier. I found evening classes instead! I am not a fan of getting up super early. When I was teaching I never got up before 7. My DH and I stay up until midnight or later.
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Old 06-15-2016, 11:20 AM
 
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I agree with Bioadoptmom...who needsto get up early unless you have to milk the cow or something....

I wake early but only speak intelligibly after 11
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Old 06-15-2016, 12:31 PM
 
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I'm in agreement with those who like getting up around 8am. So much better than 5:30am!!
I've found that after 2 years of retirement, overall I'm sleeping longer. Between being a mom and a teacher, I have years of lost hours of sleep to catch up with!
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Old 06-15-2016, 02:08 PM
 
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I'm one of those rare early birds. Even though I'm retired I get up around 6:00 am every day. The early morning is my favorite time of day. I love being awake before most people and enjoying quiet time before the day really begins.
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Old 06-16-2016, 02:36 PM
 
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I've always been an early bird! I'm usually up, showered (even though I also shower before bed!), and sitting down with a cup of coffee by 6 AM.

I've always enjoyed watching the sun rise and the birds starting their morning songs. It's my favorite time of the day!

Always been like that, and I love it!
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Old 06-16-2016, 04:32 PM
 
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I know what you mean and I still do feel a twinge of guilt, but the only answer I can c ome up with -- at least for myself -- is to go to bed earlier. Summer is light longer and you're busy with so much activity that it's easy to suddenly realize it's 11:00. For me that is WAY late, so that I get to bed, read for half an hour, and sleep in until after 7:00 am. Even then I putter, make tea, watch the news, maybe something I recorded last weekend, noodle around on e mail and suddenly it's 10:00. Yikes! I do love to get up early, but until I master the going to bed early, I guess I'm stuck.

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You can CHOOSE!
Old 06-16-2016, 06:36 PM
 
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The beautiful thing about retirement is that you get to CHOOSE when you get up in the morning. You don't have to set the alarm and get up up hours before your body clock would naturally get you up. Retirement means you can let your body wake you up when the time is right! Yes there are the people with the 6 am body clocks. They go to bed early usually. Then there are the people like me who like to watch Jimmy Fallon every night and my body clock wakes me up between 7 and 9. Of course I tape the Today Show so I don't have to watch the commercials and can't start watching it until 7:30 or 8 am so I can fast forward!!! I love getting up when I wake up. Don't worry about your early riser friends. They are the beloved morning people of the world. We will never be them! But we can accomplish a great deal other times of the day, and we can last longer into the evening. Don't feel guilty about sleeping later. Just be happy you can sleep! PS I took a sub job the last 8 days of school. I had to set my alarm for 6 am for 8 mornings. All I can tell you is: It was hell! I so appreciate being retired and staying up as late as I want and getting as much sleep as I need!
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