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I am a night person

August 6th, 2008 at 04:28 pm

One of the downsides of retirement and having no set schedule is I am a night person. Going with my natural body rhythms means I stay up later and later each night and wake up later each morning. Now that isn't necessarily a bad thing except for when I want to do things with the rest of the world Smile

For example, last night I went to bed at midnight - deliberatly early so I would be able to get up by 8. However I've had a bad heat rash on my legs driving me crazy and not letting me sleep well so it was almost 9:30 when i actually got up. I was wanting to get up by around 8:30 because then I would be able to go to bed and to sleep tonight at midnight again. I need to get up at 8 tomorrow because my mom and I are going in town to shop. Oh well, I guess I will have to rely on the alarm. Smile

What usually happens when I have a lot of unstructured time is I stay up till 2 - 3 in the morning reading and sleep till 10:00 - 11:00, but I'm hoping to keep a fairly normal schedule so would like to keep a 12 - 1 sleep time and get up 8 - 9 each morning. This is much better than work though when it was a 7 hour sleep cycle. Now I can have 8 or more hours depending on how I'm feeling.

I went to the grocery store yesterday morning. I'm trying to figure out what's a good time to go. I normally went on Sunday morning while working since it was the least busy. I had read where the fewest people grocery shopped on Tuesdays so thought I would try that. I guess no one else in this area read that. It was pretty busy with customers but no cashiers. By the time I was ready to check out there were 8 people ahead of me with overflowing carts. What a pain. So I'm going to try Friday or Monday to see if those days are better. I may end up going back to my pre-retirement time since it was always pretty light.

Finished reading the library book One Bite Stand by Nina Bangs. Paranormal. Cute.

Finished reading the library book The Joy of Not Working by Ernie J. Zelinski. This was very good - thought provoking.

8 Responses to “I am a night person”

  1. boomeyers Says:

    My body is on the night clock too! As is all my children! Good luck resetting yours!
    Sometimes the grocery stores are a little less crowded right before drive time, like 4:00. You might try that.
    Have fun shopping!

  2. Carolina Bound Says:

    I am having the same problem in retirement and I've never been a night person before.

    The trouble is, my dog is still an early riser. So I get up with him and then go back to bed when he is back inside and settled.

    I think grocery stores are always less busy early in the morning, whatever the day.

  3. Aleta Says:

    My neighbor just retired a few months ago and she loves it. She said one of the best parts is waking up when she wants to.

    The only situation she has run into is one where one of her adult children now thinks she has the time to babysit some more. She said she actually feels irritated when her adult child does not pick up the grandchild on time.

    I think that you should just do everything at your own pace right now. We get so used to schedules and the clock and our body just adapts to it. Give yourself some honeymoon time and enjoy the peacefulness of it all.

  4. Sunshine Suz Says:


    Thanks for the book reviews. I have a list of "To Reads" from your recommendations!

    I'm wanting to retire in the near future and was wondering--What are you doing about health insurance?

    Happy reading and Happy Sleeping Late!!! : )

  5. Broken Arrow Says:

    I hope you keep blogging the nuances of your transition. I am very intrigued as to the challenges one faces as they enter their retirement. In this case, I am also a night person, and when I reach that point, I may also face the same challenge.

  6. retire@50 Says:

    Sunshine Suz - for the first 18 months I will use COBRA. My payments will be @182 a month. After that I will probably go on HIPPA, since it is guaranteed insurance. This is a little higher than an individual insurance policy but I have several pre-existing conditions that will probably make it almost impossible to get an individual policy. The book by Fred Brock on Health Care was really good about discussing all the options.

  7. Sunshine Suz Says:

    Thank you.

  8. baselle Says:

    If I had my choice - and I did when I was a grad student - I was a night owl. My favorite times to work were 1 pm to midnight, with a peak in late afternoon. Even now - 10 to 11 am is the earliest you could expect me to get up. Ever think of amateur astronomy as a hobby? Big Grin

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