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   Posted 6/14/2010 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you a 'morning' or 'night' person? Most of us have a preference...which are you and are you able to go by your natural pattern or must you force yourself to conform to the world around you? What I mean is...if you are by nature a night person but you have to get up early for work, kids, etc. how do you handle that?

During the years I was in school of various types ( K-12 thru college) I was a very early riser, and also when I was working. I would get up at 4:30 much of the time so I could avoid the traffic crunch that was so aggravating. BUT, once home I'd get the household stuff done, supper and then go to bed early. On the weekend I found it hard to sleep in more than an extra hour.

Back when my kids were very young I became a night person very easily. I was busy with the kids all day but by the time they went to bed I finally found some peace and quiet so I could nourish my soul. Being up until midnight or later has become easier for me these past few years but I'm not sure it's good thing. I still choose to get up when hubby goes to work, pack his lunch and see him off. Then it's time to potty the dog, get her breakfast, then mine, then most often I snooze for a while in the recliner. At 8:00 the puppy wakes up and lets me know it's time for our hour of outdoor play time! I swear she can tell time she's so regular. Maybe she's the proverbial 'watch' dog...lol tongue

But over the years I've gone from a morning person out of necessity to a night person by nature. My youngest son, past 30 now, has always popped up in the morning bright and early and perky as all get out! If I'm around him in this state I just tell him to stop being so gosh darn cheerful in the early morning...which makes us both laugh. Yet everyone knew that you did NOT talk to my mother in the morning before she had her first cup of coffee and cigarette. Dad was like my son...up early with a smile. It's how he was til his last days. What a varied bunch our family is/was.

OK, I've shared more than my share...are you naturally a night owl or an early bird?
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   Posted 6/15/2010 12:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I use to go to bed around 10:30 and get up at 6 or 7. After I was on disability I would always get up by 7AM and make a lunch for my wife to take to work with her, and I would always see her off to work and then I would start my day. When we started having problems and the subsequent divorce, I started staying up later and later and later, now I ususally go to bed at 1 Am or later, and I get up usually around 8 AM or later! I have an alarm to wake me up at 6 AM to take my morning meds, but then I go back to sleep, some days I sleep in to 10 AM, but not that often, and of course some days I have to get up early for a Doctors Appointment, as I have to drive 35 to 40 miles just to get to them. Anyway I have tried to get back to being a morning person, as I like to walk around the lake at sun rise, but I find that I just can not do it, I sleep the best in the morning and at night, like right now it is midnight, and I am wide awake! So it looks like I am the Night Owl! [img]/community/emoticons/smilewinkgrin.gif[/img]

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   Posted 6/15/2010 5:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Iam a nite owl also use to work 3 rd shift for many years i just don't sleep much even with the lunesta i went to bed at 130 am and up at 4 am oh my how my sleep is so messed up Deb

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   Posted 6/15/2010 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I vary with my sleep. Sometimes, I fall asleep in my recliner at around 9 and sometimes I cant get to sleep until after midnight. With this right lower quadrant pain I have been having, it has been impossible to sleep in bed, so I sleep in my recliner and usually wake at around 8 or 9am. I also nap during the day sometimes, so I get plenty of sleep. I'm on bedrest (or chair rest) now, so it really doesn't matter when I go to bed or when I get up.

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   Posted 6/15/2010 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I have always been a night owl....until recently! I worked 3rd shift as a dispatcher for state patrol for 8 years and loved it because it was always interesting!! (the freaks do come out at night) Chutz, I had to laugh about what you said about your mom, because I remember when my daughter had a friend over for her first sleepover and I heard them come out of them bedroom, and Amber told her friend, "If my mom has a cup of coffee, you can talk to her....if she doesn't have one yet....don't say a word!" LOL

Lately my pain gets me up between 3:30 and 5:00, even if I make myself stay up until midnight and avoid naps. I hate mornings even worse now because I hurt so much until the pain meds kick in and I just let myself take naps when needed!

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   Posted 6/15/2010 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm a night owl also.  I go to bed anywhere between 2 and 4am and get up between 2 and 4pm.  I guess that's a full fledged night owl.
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   Posted 6/15/2010 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh gosh, I used to be a morning person (was up every morning by 5 am), but then something changed. For the last 6 yrs or so I've been a night person. I usually go to bed between 12 and 1 am. I get up at 6:30 if I have to work, but if I can sleep, I'll sometimes "sleep" until 11 am. I say "sleep" because even if I am in bed from 12 am to 11 am, I still only get 3 - 5 hrs of sleep max. My pain keeps me up & also wakes me up, so "sleep" is not continuous or restful. I'm constantly exhausted/sleepy & often have a really hard time getting up (although I "wake up" fast once I get up & going) & making it though the day (if I'm not constantly keeping myself busy, well, but even then...). CP has really screwed up my sleep regime.


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   Posted 6/15/2010 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   

I am and always have been a morning person....always up between 4-4:30AM...if I sleep later than that I think I've overslept.  I have been this way since my early teens...even in my party days home at 2AM up at 4AM.  Never use or have used an Alarm clock!

CP has caused me to wake every 1.5 hours.....this is why I have low adrenal function!!!




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