What do you do if you wake up earlier than your host?

@JenInTN (27565)
United States
July 6, 2010 7:39am CST
I was just wondering when you take a trip and stay with someone else..what do you do when you wake up earlier than your host? Are you comfortable enough to go ahead and get up...start moving around...or do you struggle and wait for them to get up first..lol...I know it's a silly question but I hate waking up before the people of the house. I am a bit of an early riser..lol.
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@savypat (20248)
• United States
6 Jul 10
My problem is not getting out of bed, I can stay in bed, but I have to use the bathroom and that can't wait. I ususally tell my host before I go to bed that I will be up several times during the night so not to worry. Why be uncomfortable, this is a fact of life with older folks.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
8 Jul 10
Yes savypat...that is one thing that musn't wait. I think that an early warning that I'll be up and about fairly early is nice to give..lol..I do try to be quiet though. Thanks for the response.
@bunnybon7 (31651)
• Holiday, Florida
6 Jul 10
great it didnt let me freaking post....a long one to. i usually get up later then anyone else but if i did get up earlier, id just go outside and smoke and drink my coffee till they got up. here lately ive been getting up much earlier since sons gf, her 8yr old, and dog are here visiting and they get up early as my kids used to always make me. i know she tries to keep them quiet, but my dog coco wants to go run around with them so wakes me up. so its cocos fault
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
6 Jul 10
That's it! If I wake them...I can blame it on the dog! Perfect! Thanks for the response and enjoy the little ones.
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
6 Jul 10
If I wake up before anyone in the house I will usually just go take a quit shower and get dressed. Hopefully by the time I'm done someone will be up. If not then I will be as quiet as can be and make myself a cup of tea and read my book that I would be reading at that time. I usually travel with a book to read in these cases where I have to be quiet or in transient.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
6 Jul 10
Thank goodness for a good book. I am taking one for my new class that starts next week and maybe even the one I've been reading for pleasure. I hate to feel like I'm imposing anyway and if I were to wake them I would feel terrible..Thanks for the response.
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@ajadon10 (48)
• Philippines
6 Jul 10
I'm hesitant to go ahead but of course its a case to case basis. If the place has a big vacant lot, I'll go ahead and jog or walk around.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
6 Jul 10
The property I visit is very nice and there is lots of room to move around and enjoy nature. I like that early in the morning especially if the host is sleeping in. Thanks for the response.
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@celticeagle (113065)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Jul 10
I would take me time with my 'toilet' and enjoy some alone time. Then if they still aren't up maybe a morning walk or something to occupy yourself. Did you bring a good book? I think that sometimes our idiosincrancies can drive us crazy! If you ever come to my home to stay just know you are welcome to make yourself welcome and even wake me when you get tired of waiting on me to get up. Usually alittle moment in the house does that anyway.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
8 Jul 10
Aww..thank you...I hope you keep that attitude when I do a cannonball in the bed with you. I did bring a couple of books...the host also hooked up a router so we could use our laptops here..I have some reading I have to do for my class on Monday so I can keep pretty busy like that. I do enjoy it here and love to take an early stroll around the lake and the smaller pond but it is so hot even here that it has to be dome early if at all. Thanks for the response and talk to you later.
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@celticeagle (113065)
• Boise, Idaho
8 Jul 10
Glad to be of help. Hope you had a nice visit. Yes, talk to you later. We could exchange personal emails for a added lift if you want to.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
8 Jul 10
I am sitting here now very early and all is sleeping soundly..LOL..I just completed an introduction post for my class that starts on Monday. I won't actually be home until Saturday. I'll PM you my address...we can always use a lift.
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@Hvaniday1 (550)
• Malaysia
7 Jul 10
Hi Jenn, you know what, it is like staying in a cell... What I will do is get up and go buy some breakfast. Sandwiches or Fried noodles?
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
8 Jul 10
Your right...if you don't have anything to do or don't want to do anything..it can be like a cell. Getting up and out of there sounds like a fine idea..lol...maybe donuts in the morning. Thanks for responding....how are you anyway?
• Malaysia
9 Jul 10
Fine...I am enjoying my donuts and coffee.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
11 Jul 10
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
6 Jul 10
Good morning Jen, i just always tell them i am an early riser & to not let my being up bother them. U can't break your habits for one visit. As long as i cab get to the coffee pot & my cigs i promise to be quiet, lol. I like being the first up & having that quiet time to myself.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
6 Jul 10
Me too Jo! I think an early warning is a great idea. I'm going to Indiana today or tomorrow and I am most always the first one up. I usually read or play on the laptop. Sometimes I go out an walk the grounds because they have amazing property with lots to see. Thanks for responding and have a good day.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
6 Jul 10
Hope u have a good time & a safe trip. hugs.
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
4 Sep 10
Thanks for the best response. Hope u had a good time.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
16 Jul 10
I know exactly what you mean Jen. I have had this exact same issue many times over the years as I am an early riser too. I have never felt comfortable wandering around other peoples homes early in the morning either, unless it is the home of a close family member. I have stayed in the homes of a few people before, when I have only met them for the first time on the evening that I was staying with them and it is at this time that I feel uncomfortable and bored wandering about their home in the mornings. The last time that it happened to me was in late December last year. I woke really early this time and everyone else slept in really late. I wandered around their home for a little bit before deciding to go out for a walk around the local streets. I returned back after about an hour and the house was still all asleep! I did not know what to get myself for breakfast and was really hungry by the time they all woke up.
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@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
16 Jul 10
Hmm, that is strange that the post doubled up like that!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
17 Jul 10
It happens sometimes..the double post. I bet you were very uncomfortable under that scenario. I would have been. I don't normally stay with others but my b/f is very close to his family and when we visit, they insist we stay there. They are very good to me and I become more comfortable with each vist but I do wake very early and I hat the thought of waking them..lol...Thanks for the response and take care.
@bystander (2308)
• Philippines
12 Jul 10
well, i either go back to the sack and wait or, if i am familiar with my host, i go out and take a walk around the place...
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
13 Jul 10
I like to take a walk around the grounds before the host wakes up. They have beautiful proprty. They don't mind my getting up early that I know of but I do hate the thought of waking them up earlier than they would have gotten up on their own. Thanks for responding.
@bystander (2308)
• Philippines
2 Aug 10
welcome, jen...
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
7 Jul 10
I am a lot like you in that respect. I have always been like that. This brings back memories of being a teen and staying at my friends house. I woke up in the night and had to pee and did not want to get up for fear of waking others so I laid there in agony until my friend woke up. I think I dozed in and out of sleep but it was torture. I never really liked staying at other peoples homes and it is rare when I do. I would be ok with quickly using the bathroom but that's about it. I am always afraid of making noise and disturbing others.It would be awkward for me to go in and shower and get some coffee and just be myself.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
8 Jul 10
Hi sid!I'm ok with getting up and peeing but I cringe when I flush the toilet because I just know I've woke them up..lol...Thanks for responding.
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@chrislotz (8207)
• Canada
12 Feb 11
It's not a silly question as I come from the same place as you on this one. I am an early riser also and I don't like to wake up before my hosts because I don't know what to do till they get up. So I usually end up getting up anyways because I usually have to go to the washroom and then I usually get dressed and go outside to have a smoke. If I am somewhere I feel comfortable enough to make a coffee I will and then go outside again with my coffee and have another smoke. I try to find something to read, like a newspaper or a magazine and sometime drink a whole pot of coffee before someone else gets up. I don't enjoy sleeping away from my home and this is one of the reasons I don't like it. At least at home when I get up early I can go online and do some work.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
13 Feb 11
It is tough to sleep over somewhere when you are an early riser. I get up on my own now around 4:40 am. I do it everyday for work and where I am on that schedule..my body just does it. Most people don't have to get up that early and I hate to stay over anywhere because I know..that especially in a strange place..I will be up before the sun..LOL...I was lucky enough on my last visit that they had wi fi going so I was able to get online and keep myself occupied before they got up. Thanks for responding.
@koditza (235)
• Germany
15 Aug 10
well, if I wake up before the host, I either stay in my room, open the window and look around the room and outside, or either go out of the room, stay in the kitchen or living room and wait 'till the host waker up too :D
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
16 Aug 10
I am restless when I get up. I have found that taking a book or my laptop is a lifesaver. I do go out and walk around the property sometimes. Thanks for the response.
• Philippines
7 Aug 10
I'll go back to my bed and sleep again. I just hope that by the time that ill be able to wake up the second time aroung, the host is ready during the day. ^^
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
16 Aug 10
Sometimes I can go back to sleep...if it's super early...but most of the time when I open my eyes..that's it..I'm ready to go..lol...Thanks for the response and welcome to myLot.
@annamol (275)
• United States
16 Jul 10
First of all, I want to say that I always envy early risers - good for you, you are able to do much more than other people! Second of all, yes - it's a little bit not comfortable to get up earlier than your host. I find it embarrassing to slip in somebody's house on the first place. And probably this is the reason for me to dislike spending night like this. But if you don't mind, it happens to you often and you get up early, just try to be comfortable, start coffee or tea, begin watching TV, if possible, read a book if any. They will understand, they welcome you and it means that they want you to be there and be comfortable.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
17 Jul 10
Thanks for your input. I usually don't stay with others..maybe that's why it makes me so uncomfortable..lol...I do try to take a book with me whenever I go and there is also the laptop. They just went wireless and that was awesome.
@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
11 Jul 10
Hello JenInTN If I am staying with Family or Friends then yes I would get up make myself a cup of Coffee and just be as quiet as Possible I am also an early Riser and I can not stay in my bed till whoever I am staying with wakes up lol
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
11 Jul 10
Hi gabs..I can't stay in bed either. If there was anyway to roll over and go back to sleep, I would but for me..once those eyes are open..that's it..they are open..lol..Thanks for the response.
@bellis716 (4807)
• United States
10 Jul 10
What I do depends on with whom I'm staying. If I'm in the home of my children, I get up, make my bed, go in the kitchen and fix myself some breakfast. I may even take my bath and dress for the day. If I'm at anyone else's house, I'll probably stay in my bedroom until someone else gets up. If there is a private bath, I'll bathe and get dressed in whatever outfit I intend to wear that day. Either way I always take a book to read to occupy my time.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
10 Jul 10
I always take my trusty book too. Noway I can just stay in bed and stare at the ceiling..lol..Thanks for the response.
• United States
9 Jul 10
I just wake-up/get-up and try not to make any noise and just enjoy the silence (I have small kids)before the "RAT RACE" starts!lol
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
10 Jul 10
Oh yes...enjoying a few moments of silence during that time can be very welcomed with small children sleeping soundly in the next room...lol..Thanks for the response.
@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Jul 10
I hate it too. Fortunately it almost never happens.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
10 Jul 10
I know! It hardly ever happened for me either and then there was my b/f....lol
@UmiNoor (3301)
• Malaysia
8 Jul 10
If I were to ever sleep over at anyone's house when I'm taking a trip, that person would be someone I'm very close to or my relatives or my parents. I won't sleep over at a house whom I'm not familiar with the host. As such I would know their behavior and their sleeping pattern. Being a Moslem, I have to get up early around five am in the morning to do my morning prayers so I have no problem about waking up early and as do my host who would also be up early for our morning prayers. I guess there will be no problem with me when I sleep over at anyone's house when I'm taking a trip. But it would be a little uncomfortable when you do wake up early than the host. You can't possibly make yourself at home. Should you just sit in your room until the host wakes up or can you explore the house while the host is sleeping? I can understand the situation.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
8 Jul 10
Yes..I can see how it wouldn't really be an issue for you and that's a good thing. Everyone gets up around the same time. It is a bit of an odd feeling to wake up earlier than your host because like you said...you can't possibly make yourself at home. Thanks for your response.
• United States
8 Jul 10
i usally get up and make the coffee and start cleaning up a bit but quitely and then if there still not up i drink my coffee and read a book or the paper if they take one and then it will be 2hours later and everyone is up and happy coffee is made
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
8 Jul 10
Sounds like you are a wonderful guest. Thanks for the input.