What Time Would You Get Up?

United States
February 22, 2017 8:11am CST
I know there are a lot of early birds here in the myLot world but not me. I'm more of a night owl but I can't stay up until the wee hours anymore so my night owling ends around midnight. My daughters were both having a conversation yesterday about having to set their alarms and how they enjoyed being able to go to bed for a long weekend without the headache of having to get up in the morning (one has to go to work, the other gets the kids off to school). I chimed in with I'm the only person who doesn't have to set an alarm (I'm retired) and I do. I really am used to setting it from when I was taking care of my mom and we had our routine in the mornings. I wasn't in a position to just sleep in and then start the day. Now that my mom is passed I still set the alarm for 8:30am. Both my daughters think this is crazy since I don't have anyone to get up for anymore and I can enjoy sleeping later in the mornings. I don't know if it's just habit that's hard to break or if I'm afraid I'll sleep til noon and the day will pass me by. Today was one of those days when I probably could have sleep much later if the alarm didn't go off and I staggered out of bed. So, here's my question...if you never had to set an alarm what time would you get up each morning?
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@Morleyhunt (15947)
• Canada
22 Feb
I have been waking at 5:30 AM for so many years, no alarm...I still awaken around that time. In the winter when it's dark I might sleep a little later. In the summer I might get up earlier. I'm not a night owl....my coach turns into a pumpkin well before midnight.
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@Happy2BeMe (66814)
• Canada
22 Feb
I don't set my alarm on the weekend when I am off and I am usually up between 7-8. I get up at 6 during the week.
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• United States
22 Feb
I feel bad for anyone who has to get up early and go to work. I remember those days like they were yesterday. I bet you enjoy sleeping in a little later on the weekends.
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@Happy2BeMe (66814)
• Canada
23 Feb
@Marilynda1225 Yes I sure do. I don't always get enough sleep through the week so it is nice when the weekends get here to catch up on my sleep.
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@marlina (60804)
• Canada
22 Feb
I am retired also and wake up when my body wants to wake up which is early. No alarm clock here unless I have an early appointment.
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• United States
22 Feb
I hate early morning appointments and I try to make mine for the later part of the mornings. It used to keep me awake at night when my mom would have an early morning appointment and I wouldn't sleep well even if my alarm was set.
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@shshiju (9189)
• Cochin, India
22 Feb
I like to wake up at 5 am. Early Morning gives more energy and more speed on routine activities.
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• United States
22 Feb
I wish I could get up early but every time I decide I am I don't
@ptrikha_2 (5698)
• India
23 Feb
@shshiju That is quite great. DO you sleep early?
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@ptrikha_2 (5698)
• India
24 Feb
@shshiju That is not very early sleeping- so don't you feel a bit lethargic when you wake up early?
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@Juliaacv (22073)
• Canada
22 Feb
Usually my "internal clock" goes off around 6am, but if I could sleep in and wasn't woken on my own I think that I would probably set an alarm for around 7 so that I would have the whole day. Today it was much later when I woke.......but I didn't sleep well last night.
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• United States
22 Feb
Sorry you didn't sleep well last night. I'm not usually ready for coffee until 9am but at least I shower, get dressed and make the bed before heading to the kitchen to start the coffee perking.
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@Juliaacv (22073)
• Canada
22 Feb
@Marilynda1225 I don't sleep well when my husband isn't home......we'll get thru this though, its just going to take some time.
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• United States
23 Feb
@Juliaacv soon enough you'll be in your new home and life will get back to normal
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• Midland, Michigan
22 Feb
If you're asking what time I'd get up if I never had to get up early for anything, I'd probably sleep too long like to eleven, but I'm a night owl too and I'd probably stay up till two am. Nowadays I have times when I could sleep until nine am which was my plan for today but something usually gets me up earlier than I'd want. Today it was my husband asking me a question, while I'm still sleeping, to something he could have gotten up to check out himself. Other days it's my needing to use the bathroom that awakens me too early or at least earlier than my alarm. But I will usually set something if I have the day off. I just decide the latest I'd want to sleep if I am able to do so. I've set it for eleven am before, but rarely sleep that long right now. Rather than setting it for the time you do, try a later time to set it for. You'll probably wake up on your own around the time you're used to getting up and may find you don't need an alarm. But, set it for something you'd be happy with, even an hour later or so would give you a little more time to sleep if you need it.
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• United States
22 Feb
You have a good suggestion about setting it later. I'm going to have to give it a try. Like you, the bathroom calls long before the alarm goes off
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• Midland, Michigan
22 Feb
@Marilynda1225 What I hate is when the bathroom alarm goes off within the hour of when I was going to get up anyway. I still try to get a little more sleep but more recently that's been more difficult. After next week I won't have any obligations for a while other than a bit of pt which will be early morning for me at 9:15, 3 days per week for the next month. So, that means I can sleep in on Tues, Thurs, and Sat as Sunday is church.
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• United States
23 Feb
@MarshaMusselman that bathroom alarm wakes me a few times during the night
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@Tampa_girl7 (21272)
• United States
22 Feb
I think I would set it for around 8:00
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@shaggin (25325)
• United States
22 Feb
I think if I did not have to get up I would just sleep until whenever I woke up which likely would be very late. I used to do this and would waste a lot of my day by sleeping but it sure felt nice. I get up at 7am to get my daughter ready to go to school and then I do the dishes while I wait for my son's cyber school to start at 8:15.
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@rina110383 (21957)
22 Feb
If I slept early, probably I'm up by 6 am.
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@amadeo (46162)
• United States
22 Feb
during the week we get up at five.Weekend at six.That is it for us.I am not a sleeper.Want to get up and enjoy life
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• United States
22 Feb
Sometimes I think I sleep too much even though it averages out to 8 hours a night.
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@amadeo (46162)
• United States
22 Feb
@Marilynda1225 It been a while for me to get eight hr.sleep.That would be a luxury for me.
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• United States
23 Feb
@amadeo my old bones need the sleep
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@Marty1 (25647)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
22 Feb
@marilynda1225 I would get up at 4 am each morning if the medication didn't make me sleep a lot more than I should sometimes. Today was a good day, and I slept only till 3:42 am this morning! But of corse, I need a nap I am thinking of trying to take now at 1:300pm
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• United States
22 Feb
Now that's very early in my book. 4am is still dreamland for me
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@Marty1 (25647)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
22 Feb
@Marilynda1225 I go to bed about 7 or 8 pm so I guess I would get up by then! I am going to be going to bed soon! At about 6:30 pm 7 pm as I have to get a blood test for a blood level of one of my meds at 10 am my ride is picking me up! But it may take a log time as I went Monday and the girl pricked me four times, and I wasn't and it ended up I was dehydrated!
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• United States
23 Feb
@Marty1 hope you have success this time around
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• Jacksonville, Florida
22 Feb
I get up usually around 7ish now since Josiah wakes me at that time. Lol. Without him waking me I used to get up at 8am every morning on my own. I cannot sleep past that usually unless I stayed up way too late. I'm not a person that could sleep the day away even if I wanted to.
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• United States
22 Feb
I don't know how you find time to sleep at all with two little babies and the other kids who keep you busy. I'd be falling on my face
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• Jacksonville, Florida
23 Feb
@Marilynda1225 I'm exhausted. The baby wakes me all through the night but I just keep going somehow. Lol.
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• United States
23 Feb
@LovingMyBabies I think I said this before...you are the energizer bunny!
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• United States
22 Feb
Since I am sick, this am it was 5....I am not a sick-sleeper. I have not used an alarm clock since the dark ages. When I worked I never needed one.
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• United States
22 Feb
I always needed an alarm especially when I worked. Then I needed it to take care of my mom who needed her medication and breakfast.
• United States
22 Feb
@Marilynda1225 I always wake up early...always did.
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• United States
23 Feb
@AbbyGreenhill not me...not even when I was a kid
@DianneN (57247)
• United States
22 Feb
Being retired, I go to sleep at the same time most nights and wake up when my body tells me to or when Orville or Doodles awaken me. Usually it's between 6:30 and 7:00, just in time for my morning walk.
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• United States
22 Feb
Some days I think I'd sleep too late and miss a good part of the day. I don't know if I'll stop setting my alarm but many mornings I wish I could allow myself to turn it off and go back to sleep. I just don't want to wake up at lunchtime
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@DianneN (57247)
• United States
23 Feb
@Marilynda1225 Lunch time? . Once I slept until 10 and although I felt so good, my day was shortened drastically!
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• United States
22 Feb
I would get up at 8 and that's the time I wake up usually on my own. That is one of the things I love about being retired, I can wake up naturally when I'm ready.
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• United States
22 Feb
I think I"m going to have to stop setting my alarm and see what time I wake up naturally. Maybe it would be earlier rather than later
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• United States
23 Feb
@Marilynda1225 I would agree, it's time to see what your body clock says. I'm willing to bet it will adjust a bit but you will get all the sleep you need.
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@Asylum (46815)
• Manchester, England
22 Feb
Since I retired my alarm is demoted to the days that I have special plans, such as catching a plane. I simply get up when I awake, which could be 8 AM or 10 AM.
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• United States
22 Feb
Between 8 & 10 would probably be the time I'd wake up naturally if I didn't set my alarm
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@Asylum (46815)
• Manchester, England
23 Feb
@Marilynda1225 This is one of the few benefits of being an old fool.
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@JudyEv (96872)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Feb
We never set the alarm but are up often before six and certainly before eight.
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• United States
22 Feb
6 am seems to be the time myLotters rise and I'm the late one to the morning coffee myLotting party when I dont' get here until 9ish
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@jaboUK (50127)
• United Kingdom
23 Feb
Unless I have somewhere to go I rarely get up before 10.30am, often later. But I don't go to bed until about 4am - I'm a real nightowl.
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@ptrikha_2 (5698)
• India
24 Feb
@jaboUK that is very late! I think you ought to sleep earlier- at least by 12 in the night, unles you have a night shift! So late sleeping is not good for health.
• United States
24 Feb
@jabouk wow you certainly are a night owl if you don't go to bed until 4am. I'm lucky if I make it til 1am and that's a really really late night for me
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@MarymargII (8210)
• Toronto, Ontario
23 Feb
I naturally get up between 8:30 am and 10:00 depending on how well I sleep the night before- You really should listen to your daughters as you may be losing important extra sleep. Besides, it will get your own inner alarm going and that's better in the long run.
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• United States
24 Feb
I'm going to have to experiment and see what happens if I don't set my alarm. Good advice
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• Toronto, Ontario
26 Feb
@Marilynda1225 There's nothing to worry about- it's only you and if there's nothing happening see how it goes!
• Philippines
22 Feb
Well I woke up at 5 now though my alarm is set at 5:50
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• United States
22 Feb
You're another early bird here
• Philippines
22 Feb
@Marilynda1225 yes but I am now preparing for work so I will get back here in the evening.
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