Change of schedule.

Canada
May 24, 2011 1:34pm CST
Hubby's been working from 2PM till 11PM for the last 12 years. Im lucky to be working from home, so I was able to change my schedule so Id start working at the same time. We would wake up at noon and go to bed around 4 or 5AM. Then he retired and we kept the same routine. He retired in April 2010 and kept busy with keeping the lawn and the pool all summer. Then winter arrived and there wasnt much to do. He doesnt have any hobbies and I do the house cleaning and cooking. So he'd go out for walks with the dog....poor thing (the dog) lost weight lol. So he found himself a job. He now works 3 days a week and starts working at 9 AM......yup, early MORNING!!!! I said it wasnt bothering me because he was so stressed out about not having anything to do that ANY job will do at ANY time! He goes to bed around 11PM and even though I try, I just cant get myself to sleep when its dark outside. I like to sleep in the daytime. So I go to bed around 2AM and Im up at 9AM. He's up at 7AM. He seems to be doing fine sleeping those hours. I try to but it'll get some getting used to on my part. So could you change your schedule and be up when you're used to sleep and sleep when you're used to be up and about?
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5 responses
• United States
25 May 11
Hi there, I usually adapt well to change, though the first few days I do feel sluggish and tired but find that around the third day I usually adapt to time changes. I have had odd hours my entire life and with two small kids that I was raising at the time I find I could adapt easily. So now I am generally a no matter what time I get to bed (usually late), I can get up very early. I find that I function at my best early morning then later in the day.
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• Canada
3 Jun 11
Hi, Lucky for you to be able to function early in the morning. I still have trouble as Im more of a night person. I am in the mood for cleaning as soon as it gets dark outside haha. Talk about being upside down. I guess having 2 kids will have you being very apt to change. Sorry it took me so long to answer. Thanks for sharing!
@msmamaof3 (244)
• United States
24 May 11
WOW after all those years with the same schedule I don't know if I could just change like that. Kudos to you if you can, it will be hard.
• Canada
24 May 11
It is very hard for me as I am a night person. Hubby seems to be adjusting very well though and Im happy he does. I guess I'll get used to it eventually unless he finds another partime job in the evening lol. Thanks!!
@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
24 May 11
Only to a small extent. Neither of us are working right now although hubby will have a temporary right before wheat harvest and will have to be up mornings. I am a natural morning person who has been coping with marriage to a natural second shift person. I think I adapt more than he does.Neither of us are good at being up all night, though. I do some computer stuff until around 11 and we go to bed. Right now we get up at about 7:30 am and I try to make it to the YMCA. I am needing to lose weight. I get sleepy mid afternoon and may actually fall asleep sitting up behind the computer.
• Canada
24 May 11
Good for you to be able to adapt and too bad for your hubby who has trouble with it. I find that I wake up tired and feel sleepy all day, then when night comes, Im wide awake and cant go to bed early. Hubby goes to bed around 11 or midnight and he does fall asleep easily. I can only hope that I'll adjust to my new schedule soon. Thank you GG !!
• United States
24 May 11
It is possible, however they say it takes a day for every hour of change for your body to adjust. It's a matter of changing your internal clock. I work 3rd shift so I often find myself sleeping random and odd hours.. took some getting use to.
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• Canada
24 May 11
I didnt know that about a day for every hour of change. I only hope that I'll get used to it soon then. Thank you and sorry you had to sleep at random hours, happy you're used to it now.
@petersum (4526)
• United States
24 May 11
Yes, I've done it several times simply by changing countries! Does that count? Probably not, because although the time zone has changed, that damn sun is still there! I have worked night shifts in the past, and now my wife is working at night. Since I am not currently working, I sleep whenever I feel like it. But I do like sleeping in the day - don't know why!
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• Canada
24 May 11
Yes it does count if you change country and the time zone is changed. SO you're like me, you prefer to sleep in the day. I have a feeling I know why I prefer to sleep in the daytime and it might not be the same for you. Im afraid of bugs and usually spiders come out when its dark, not in the middle of the day lol. Great that you can sleep whenever you feel like now. Enjoy!! Thank you!