Why the elders can wake up so early?

@youless (91494)
Guangzhou, China
May 12, 2011 9:52pm CST
I don't understand why it seems almost all the elders can wake up so early. Such as they will wake up at about 3 or 4 am naturally. But they tend to go to sleep earlier at night, such as around 9 pm. I think it is not necessary to wake up so early. Why not they try to go to bed later and then wake up later? It will be much more naturally in my opinion. But it seems their biological clock is already fixed.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
13 May 11
My grandfather was like that too. 4am and he was up and fixing coffee..lol. I used to wonder the same thing..nothing happens that early is what I would think. It is a biological clock thing though. I have been working a dayshift job now for a longtime. I used to be a night owl, but now, I wake up early too I even try to stay in bed so I can get some extra sleep but I am wide awake. I use that time as "my time." Everyone is sound asleep sp I can watch what I want and if I want to paint..I can do that too...lol. Mylotting is popular for me in the wee hours of the morning too. Sometimes I use that time to do my homework when I can concentrate.
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
14 May 11
Do you like painting? So do I
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 May 11
I love it. I haven't got to do it in a while because of my schedule, but yes, I like it alot. I use oils right now, but my b/f got me an acrylic set for Christmas that I have been anxious to try. He says I will like them better. We'll have to share some paintings sometimes.
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
19 May 11
The acrylic is much more convenient. It looks like the oil painting, but it can be dry so soon. It is good for the people who are not impatient like me
@yoyo1198 (3644)
• United States
13 May 11
We wake up early because we know we only have a limited number of days left and want to get the most out of every day. Then we pack as much as we can into each day which leaves us tired enough to hit the sheets at 9-10 p.m. Why waste our time sleeping when we can be watching you young'uns make fools out of yourselves? If I could use more smilies, I would. ????
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@yoyo1198 (3644)
• United States
13 May 11
I tried to use the alt codes there at the end. They turned into the question marks.
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
13 May 11
It is good to take advantage of the time
@yoyo1198 (3644)
• United States
23 May 11
Hi, youless. Thank you for BR. I still wake up early or sometimes don't go to bed at all 'til the day has already started for everyone else. I like the quiet of the nighttime.
• Philippines
8 Aug 11
Hey, I think waking up and going to bed early is a lot more healthy than sleeping late and waking up late. Don't you know that? I also wonder about that. My grandmothers and all the elder people wake up at about 5 am everyday. I like it because they cook breakfast for the kids.
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Aug 11
You are right. Unfortunately the youngs often tend to have the wrong sleeping schedule...
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• Philippines
10 Aug 11
I realized elders tend to sleep earlier because they are not as energetic as before when they were young so they get sleepy early that's why they also wake up early. While the kids are so energetic they will still play even late at night, that is why they wake up so late.
@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 May 11
You've got to be kidding. I don't wake up voluntarily before 8 AM unless I HAVE TO!!!
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
14 May 11
Good for you. But my grandma really wakes up quite early. When she rings our door bell, we are all sleeping deeply.
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 May 11
My father-in-law used to call on the weekend around 7 am and wake me up. Really ticked me off...
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@thatgirl13 (7307)
• South Korea
13 May 11
Oh you just reminded me of my grandpa =) He used to do the same too. Sleep at around 9pm and wake up at 5am or even earlier. Maybe he got tired so he slept early. I don't know, I never asked. He is no more now. He passed away this year . I miss him ='(
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
13 May 11
I am sorry to hear that.
• South Korea
13 May 11
Thanks
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@gelayagui98 (1337)
• Australia
13 May 11
As I observed even to myself, when I was younger than my age right now, I can sleep the whole day if I wanted to, but upon reaching forty, I have less sleep now. I do not have any idea about this but it might be norm to have this biological clock while getting older.
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
13 May 11
My husband said that once he is awake at night, it is difficult for him to fall alseep again.
• Australia
13 May 11
That's true, it is good that mylot opened 24/7 a day, I spend my time here if I can't sleep at night and if ever I wake up early in the morning or in midnight.
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@SIMPLYD (79704)
• Philippines
13 May 11
Well, they wake up early because they slept early too. If your are to count how many hours of sleep they have, it's 7 hours. For older persons, they need 7 or lesser number hours of sleep. They are used to sleeping early, so their biological clock is set on that.
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
13 May 11
But if they can go to bed later, at least they won't wake up so early next morning. It is nothing fun to do to wake up at 3am
@SIMPLYD (79704)
• Philippines
13 May 11
But their eyes are used to getting sleepy earlier. But maybe if there is a late night program on TV that will interest them , then they won't sleep early. However, some elders gets sleepy watching TV, so they sleep while on their seats watching TV.
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• United States
13 May 11
Although I am not scientifically sure why but I seem to believe that they somehow believe that the early to bed early to rise seems to be the best concept for them. I have to believe their is some truth to date because, although I don't think I am elder yet, I am one who feels, like shucks it is 12noon the day is gone. lol I hope not to be one who does wake at 3am in my elder days. But then I do at times when I have lots in mind and or eager to get some things accomplished. So maybe out of habit that more gets accomplished earlier in the day, maybe.
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
13 May 11
But it seems the elders have nothing to do when they wake up so early. It is not so good to go out when it is still dark outside.
• United States
13 May 11
I just spoke to my boyfriends mom on the phone and asked her as she is elder. She says when they have a doctors appointment they are so eager and always afraid to be late so they wake up extra early to assure not to be late and often times they like to arrive an hour early. So my thoughts is that they are just use to it.
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@aweins (4203)
• India
29 Jun 11
hi my dear friend, i think most of it depends on tension. tension takes away sleep and rest. the moment you will come down to rest and take a nap also for ten fifteen minutes, you will have hundreds of questions and things revolving in your mind. you will feel things revolting but have to digest it and move , job and work area related problems, owner related problem, the moment on lie down those will be the first to come and entertain you. you will never have happy thoughts, most of the time. its human tendency that if a person is late, you will not think that he is doing some overtime or is busy in a party, you will think of something very bad like an accident or caught somewhere. its the same way that when one comes to sleep, tensions take over everything and sleep goes on for a night walk. the more responsibilities you have the more the problem is there. if you dont have any problems or tension , much, your sleep will not be hampered . you will sleep good , very good. my mother-in-law is a good example of it. she sleeps like a baby. no tensions in life and as i am told, she was always like that. GOD is always very good on her. she dont do anything , always on the bed, enjoys eating and watching television. she do not like to go out much because she is a bit obese so dressing is a problem for her. so, i think, it all depend son responsibilities . i never had a long peaceful sleep. my life was always a very hush hush life. i struggled my life since childhood and i am still struggling. so i never slept that peacefully ever. s, i believe, age can be a reason, but not always, its the situation also. i can write this because it is something that i am myself an example of it, i have experienced it.
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
29 Jun 11
It makes sense. As you can see that babies sleep most of the time
@jerzgirl (8013)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
23 May 11
I'm with you on this one. My mother would go to bed at 7 and be up at 4 and 5 in the morning. She could never understand how I could sleep in or not want to eat dinner until 7 or 8 at night. Even now, I find myself staying up later and later with no desire to go to sleep early. For me, it's more quiet and peaceful at night. I enjoy being up at night. There are more interesting television shows on at night. I think I need to find a job at night, don't you?
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
23 May 11
Your mother really sleeps so early.
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
18 May 11
Morning, youless. To wake up early and get up early for the elder is very natural. The same case can be seen from my dear father who always gets up as early as three in the morning and then get ready to have outside walking and some other activities in the city. As to me, if it is school term, I always wake up at between six to six thirty though I don't want to. It is just a habit for me though, the kind of so-called biological clock that every one of us has. Take care, youless.
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
19 May 11
The early birds can catch the worms
@SViswan (12072)
• India
14 May 11
It's not the elders alone (unless you wish to call me an elder:P). Though I do not get up at the unearthly hour of 3 or 4 am...I am often up by 5-5.30am. Of course, I go to be bed early too. By 9.30pm I am already in bed. I find myself fresh all day when I get up early after a complete sleep with no interruptions. But the days I sleep in, I find myself lethargic all day! It was a little hard in the beginning and I needed an alarm clock (I was the get-up-at-midday if I have nothing to do...category)...but pretty soon, I would wake up without the help of the alarm. Now, I wake up at the same time without an alarm and even if I do not have to get up at 5 am. The elder people you are talking about might be used to their timings. When I was younger, I remember my parents would watch movies at night. My dad would start yawning by 10 am and go off to bed because he couldn't keep his eyes open. My mother could afford to take a nap during the day if she wanted to...so she would finish watching the movie.
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
14 May 11
It is good that you have a complete sleep with no interruptions.
@umabharti (3976)
• India
13 May 11
hi, you or everone will become so when they become elder., As the problems and tensions and works become more which will not let a person be on bed for late in the mornigns unless there is health problem.Getting up early is also a very good habit.It is very peacefull when u be in early hours .Just go early to bed and early rise.
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
14 May 11
I think the middle age people suffer the most pressure, including their parents and children, career and so on.
@dream_ozn (1758)
• Singapore
13 May 11
Hi Youless, i totally agree with you. It seems like the elderly are early risers. They wake up so early in the morning for i don't know what reason. For me, i try to stay in bed for as long as i can when there is no school. Perfect at 1pm (too late for some)!! If i am asked to wake up at 4am, i'll definitely grumble like mad and make a lot of noise about it. However, it natural for them to wake up in the wee hours. I believe like what you mention, their biological clock is already fixed.
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
14 May 11
I feel the same like you.
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
13 May 11
hi youless I cannot speak for other elders but for me not used to a roommate at all as I have been widowed for years. having someone who wakes up and wanders thus waking me up, has a lot to do with my waking early.She is drivng me up the wall with her trips dpwmstaors here at Gold Crest to get pain medication that they alread gaveher hours before. she leaves the hall door wide open.The glare of light wakes me and makes it hard to get back to sleep. Thus making me finally get up early as I am sick of tossing and turning. To say all elders do this or that is not fair as we are all individuals. Myself if I was not here I would be up til midnight then sleep til 8 or 9 am but I am here and am thus made to follow the blasted rules. breakfast at 7 am so up at 6. not my idea but I obey the silly rules. Thats why I sit here yawning and wishing I was still sleeping. I am not a morning.
@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
14 May 11
You are lucky that you don't have a sleeping problem My dad tries to sleep late at night so that next morning he won't wake up so early.
@arunadas (111)
• India
13 May 11
O yes that is quite common because my Grandpa wakes up at 5 am everyday on the dot! and that's exactly when i am in deep sleep!! But my mum is also used to waking up early but somehow i feel very uncomfortable waking up so early so i stick to my 7 o clock...but yes i think its something to do with their body clock because my Grandpa wakes up at 5 even if he is not well :)!!
@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
14 May 11
Yes, I think it is wrong that the elders wake up early and therefore they ask us to be diligent and wake up early, too. We have different needs.
@renxcez (21)
• Philippines
13 May 11
the answer to that is that as we grow older the more lesser the time we sleep, generally speaking elderly people are not sleeping like we do, we have stages of sleep, in which elderly people only sleep up to level two, to cut the story short, they wake up early because of their body system tells them too. i know it is quite confusing :P
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
14 May 11
Their biological clock is different than ours.
• Philippines
13 May 11
I happened to observe that also. I think for me, no offense, they wake up so early because they are afraid of dying and they should wake up to see that they are still in their world.
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
14 May 11
Sometimes I think if it could die when I was sleeping, it would be very lucky already because there is no pain for it.
@besthope44 (12145)
• India
13 May 11
Hi Youless, Good question! One reason I feel is youngsters dont have too much of worries or take life so serious. So they sleep peacefully for long time. While elders have more worries and responsibilities which stops them to sleep for hours. So they wake up early to start their work.
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
14 May 11
Perhaps this is why baby sleeps most of the time
@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
13 May 11
Yes elders have some problems sleeping and that's one of the main reasons as to why the wake up more early (sometimes too early). A lifetime of work that required you to wake up at 6 a.m. or earlier to get to work tends to take its tool on you and fix your biological clock and if you're having even the slightest sleeping problems you will surely wake up a bit earlier, and thus reaching night hours (like 4 a.m. for example). The best sleep is believed to be from 22:00 p.m. to 24:00 p.m. so that may be one of the reasons why they go to sleep earlier.
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
13 May 11
I wonder whether 24pm will be late already, although I often go to bed later than this time