2 months retired and still sleep 12 hours

I was so happy to find this website. I googled because I thought something was wrong with me. I feel guilty because I don't hop out of bed with the sun.

Like others I stay up until at least 2 and sleep very hard for at least 12 hours. I try not to schedule early morning appointments. For 40 years I have forced myself to get up for work even though I am not a morning person.

Last February I had a very bad fall and crashed into a door causing a severe concussion and broken shoulder. My concussion is what made me realize it was time to retire. When I returned to work, I was not the same person. It was harder for me to keep up with my very stressful job.

I'm trying to have projects to do each week. I took some free classes at the library and yesterday I completed a small landscaping project in front of my townhouse. It was very hot and humid, but after a shower I felt good about myself again.

Now I feel better after reading all of the comments. Thanks to everyone for sharing.

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Sleeping 12 Hours
by: Linda/Nevada

I have been retired since 2015 and I also sleep 12 hours almost every night. At first I thought that maybe something was wrong with me but after I thought about my life's experiences I came to the conclusion that I have earned these extra hours of restful sleep.

When I was a kid living at home, there were four of us in a one bathroom home. In order to get dressed and get to the bus stop, I had to get up at 5:00 am.

After I graduated from high school, I started working full time immediately, so once again, I had to get up at 5:00 am to get dressed, eat breakfast and hit the road to fight the morning commute to get to work on time. I always had an office job where I was required to dress in business attire and so I always styled my hair and wore makeup.

When I became a single mother at 33 years old, I only took six weeks off for maternity leave and then it was back to work full time. Now I had to get up, get my baby fed, dressed, and ready to go and get myself ready for work. I had to give myself extra time to drop my daughter off at the day care center so I could get to work on time.

As I got older, it was getting harder and harder to get up at 5:00 am and there were times I desperately wanted to sleep in, even to the point where I didn't care if I got fired.

Now I don't have to go to bed early, like a child, and after twelve hours of uninterrupted sleep, I feel great. These twelve hours of sleep are my reward for so many years of doing the right thing and being a productive person.

Enjoy yourself and soak in all the sleep you need.

2 months retired and still sleep 12 hours
by: Soky/Tampa FL

Hello, Pilgrim! Welcome to the wonderful world of Retirement. I hope you are well. I too am happy for our retirement group, thanks to Wendy.

You know, I retired in 2013 and am Still trying to adjust to my new life. I sleep late, get up late (whenever I can) and try to find things to keep me busy. Its like we know not what to do with all the extra time and sometimes I suffer from cabin fever if I stay home for too long. So, keep up with your projects!

I am thinking of joining the Senior Center here and enjoying myself with all the activities that they have there. We'll be fine, just takes a heck of a lot of adjusting after being in the work force for 55 years of my life.

Nice meeting you, and God bless everyone.

morning or late night person
by: Anonymous

Hey there is not a thing wrong with you. You have found your body rythm and you are living it. You are getting things done.

You will enjoy your retirement if you continue to follow your own road in life. There's no prize for getting up early...after years of doing just that your body is telling you to live the afternoon and evening life and leave the morning life to others.


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