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   Posted 11/22/2009 11:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I am fortunate that Gretchen1 sent me ideas for our Koffee Klatches. Here's one of them for today. Are you an early bird or a night owl? Do you get up at the crack of dawn all bright eyed and bushy tailed? Are you cheery way before breakfast time? (shudder) Or are you someone who really begins to wake up and function once the normal work day is over. Does sunset mean your internal system is just revving up? Most of us prefer one or the other but sometimes we must mold ourselves into a different one than we'd prefer.

When my kids were tiny I easily was a night owl. I could stay up all hours of the night and still function well. When they began to get school age I had to force myself to get up early so they were ready for school and on time! I'm a stickler for being timely. I won't say I was a cheery morning person but I was civil. For many years everyone knew to just leave me alone for at least a 1/2 hour after I got up or they were taking their chances.

When I became a single mom and went back to college I began to get into the swing of getting up early. And as i remember I did really enjoy it. I got the kids off to school by 6:30 and was headed to school myself. I would put in extra hours working in the computer lab before classes started. And even when I was working...if I drew an early class to teach for a quarter I was sometimes out of the house by 5 AM! shocked The commute was nasty if you went any later not to talk about parking. But now???.... tongue Ya...I'll get up whenever. Well, not really. I hate getting up too late. I feel like the day is 1/2 over if I sleep past 7 or even 8. But this body kicks me back down and explains to me that if I don't go back and get some more shut-eye that it's going to make me a VERY sorry person. smhair So I get hubby's lunch packed and he's out of the door by 6:30 AM, I get my meds and such, grab a bowl of cereal, into my recliner, pile on the blankets, let the cat get comfy and I'm set for a couple more hours....about half of that time I'm sleeping.

So...what times of day do YOU function best? Are you up with the chickens or building up speed as the stars come out and shine?
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   Posted 11/23/2009 12:11 AM (GMT -7)   
If left to my own devices, I'm more of a night owl, as is my son, but due to school and the world's insistance that everything be on daylight hrs, I'm usually up whenever my son pokes me in the forehead and says "Mommy, wake up." unless my husband wakes up first, then I sleep until I wake up, usually around 11a LOL

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   Posted 11/23/2009 4:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sort of in the middle. I hate waking up early, but I don't like staying up too late either. I have never been a morning person. I have to have plenty of time to wake up. During the week  I go to bed around 9:30, and I like to get up around 6am. That gives me about an hour before I have to wake my daughter up. by then I'm fully awake and ready to help her get ready for school. On the week ends  I stay up until around 11pm, and get up about 9am. My family knows that even on the weekend don't mess with me until after I have my coffee.

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   Posted 11/23/2009 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
All the years of raising children and working I so hated getting up early, I mean it was torture. Then I had a lull between children living with us and I could stay up as late as I wanted and get up when I wanted, loved it. Now, I have no children and no one to take care of but me (DH goes to a little cafe for breakfast with a group of other old men every morning) and I'm in bed at 10:00 and up between 6:00 and 7:00. Don't know what happened to that I'll stay up as late as I want and get up when I'm good and ready to get up thing.
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   Posted 11/23/2009 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   

From early on, I was up early and hard to settle down at night. When I started kindergarten all thru college, I was up by 5am and still found it hard to go to sleep at night. In college, I was f/t 5 days a wk, & I worked f/t 6 days/nights a wk. I had no common day off. So on Sat night, I would go out w/ my friends after work. My work didn't end til 11:30pm or later, and I would get home about 3am. Try to sleep and be up again to go to work on Sun morning, after Mass. Since being married and having children, my schedule revolved around their school hrs, guess what, still up at 5am! smilewinkgrin

As I went back to work, I had to be in by 7am at the latest, so I got up even earlier to get me ready and get my children out for school. My 'babies' are all grown up and going to work by themselves, but I'm still up early. I guess I'm more of a morning person, it may take me a bit to be able to move (everything is locked up on the body), but I have whatever energy I will have for the day early on. Life in the fast lane! shakehead

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   Posted 11/23/2009 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
What times of the day do I function best? Is this a trick question?     smilewinkgrin
My best times are generally mid morning to late afternoon.

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   Posted 11/23/2009 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I let my body decide this for me. If it wants to relax at night I let it...if it's morning then that's when it happens for me ;)

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   Posted 11/23/2009 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm definitely a night owl. Now that I'm not working, I tend to go to bed between 1 and 2, and get up any time between 6:30 and 8. My husband is a total lark, goes to bed at 11-11:30 and gets up at 6-6:30.

Unfortunately, when I lie down in bed all the pains that I've been exercising mental gymnastics to ignore all day come fully back on me.

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   Posted 11/23/2009 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I have always been more of a night owl. I always stay up late, even when I know I should go to bed early. I am not really a morning person. I do what I have to do during the day, but most of the time I am really tired during the day but wide awake until about midnight or one usually.

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   Posted 11/23/2009 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Mornings most definately. I've worked mornings since I was 12. At 13 I worked muck farming and left my
house at 6 in the morning. At the factory I had to be there at 6. Now 10 years at the nursing home I'm there
at 5:30 in the morn. During the winter I have to get up at 4 or earlier depending on how much snow there
is to shovel. I look forward to winter less and less every year (maybe I'm getting too old?).
When 8 at nite come around I turn into a pumpkin. It starts at the thighs and works it's way up.

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   Posted 11/23/2009 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Definitely a night owl. After more than a weekend off from work I start to slip back into my natural rhythm. I like to stay up until 2 or 3 and then sleep until 9 or 10. Unfortunately, that doesn't work in an elementary school.
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