Teacher 32 Years Retired 4 Months Sleeps

by Martine
(Homer, NY, USA)

I just had to google my concern. And this site was on top. I have been a crazy busy teacher 32 years and single mom of 3.

Life was a nonstop train ride just stopping at the stations.
No alarm clock. Kids in college. Not many have-to-dos. But boy do I make messes! My creative mind craves crafts, sewing, photography, cooking and thinking.
I sleep 10-12 hours each night.

And like many, I do not seem to get through the task list very efficiently.

But I need sooooooo much sleep.

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Your body needs to restore itself...relax
by: Junebug in Wisconsin

Your life has been so hectic your body is saying "hallelujah I get to rest". Me time can be a little messy at the start, your creative juices have taken a backseat for a long time.

Cut yourself so slack and start enjoying your new freedom!

Newly retired sleeping habits
by: Jane Curtis/Hawkins Texas

Everyone goes through a sudden shock to their system when they first retire. What really surprises each of us is the sudden need to sleep more.

The constant schedules we had before retirement no longer exist so we can sleep. Our subconscious mind knows you do not "have" to get up and do anything. Also, this time allows your mind to readjust to the lack of a schedule. It is like you saved up all the times you did not get enough sleep during your working years. This too shall pass.

You may have tons of things you want to do now that you have the time and your mind can get overwhelmed with those possibilities. Too much sleep also can sometimes trigger a slight depression if allowed to get out of hand.

It is ok to allow yourself a few "sleep ins" but make yourself get up and accomplish one thing each day before you go back to bed. You will eventually accomplish 2 things and it will continue to increase until you have established a somewhat new type of scheduling according to your projects. Enjoy the sleep but remember that too much of a good thing is not such a good thing.

Get up.. do one thing each day. You will benefit from this exercise. If you can't think of anything to accomplish help someone else accomplish something. Getting out of bed is a matter of choice at first. A lack of activity can create the inability to be active.

Enjoying retirement starts when you get out of bed when you do not have to.

Be careful!
by: Hiroshi

It’s amazing for you to sleep for such a long time. But I once heard that sleeping long makes your brain dull. Be careful.

So much sleep
by: Nita-Wisconsin

I slept a lot when I first retired a little over 4 years ago. I decided I was catching up from 56 years of working!!

I eventually didn’t sleep so much but still like to rest/nap in the afternoon. Give yourself some time to do what you want, when you want without worry or guilt.

Take care. I love retirement!

Too Much Sleep?
by: Linda/Nevada

As each year rolls around, I find myself sleeping more hours. At first I was alarmed at how much time I spend sleeping, but I no longer am worried about it.

I exercise, I have changed my diet to gluten free, and I read more books. In my opinion, these are all good lifestyle changes I have made for myself.

What I have noticed is that after sleeping all night or an afternoon nap, I feel energized and calm. My thinking is clearer and I am more inclined to do the chores around the house that need to be done.

I think my body is thanking me for the much needed rest that for so many years I didn't give it. Unless you are unhealthy and have some physical or mental disorders, I don't believe you should be alarmed by the extra hours of sleep you are getting.

Enjoy it. Don't fight it.

get tested
by: Michael Hertel

Have you been tested for physical -brain related abnormalities, electrolyte - salt levels, levels of D3?

Also see if you get enough light esp. during Winter season.

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