We all have experienced “Life Changer” Transitions in our lives :-
- Getting our first full-time job
- Getting married
- Having children
- Moving to a new place
But the BIG one is Retirement.
This is it……….. no other transition in life carries the weight of retirement. All the others can be adjusted if needs be – i.e. there’s time. Not so with Retirement. It is not easy to “rewind” and fix your mistakes. It’s a “cause to pause” … and deep-think. A time to get it right. The more we discuss, and explore, and seek opinions etc, the more we should be able to handle this Transition satisfactorily.
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Volume 7 – Sleep, Eat and Retire
Part 1 – Sleep.
“Do you suffer from insomnia like me???
So asked one of our Olderhood International Club Members.
The Transition from a full-time job to either a part-time job in retirement, or full retirement can affect different people in so many ways.
Energy levels, boredom levels, enthusiasm levels are all issues that we Oldsters sometimes have to negotiate. But there are the more biological aspects of life that can be impacted as well. Eating, sleeping and other bodily functions.
The routine of a day job – getting up at the same time weekdays, eating breakfast at the same time, leaving for work, working, eating lunch, leaving to go home, eating supper are all everyday things we did. Sometimes they changed slightly from one day to another, but by and large, they were the same day after day. It became habit.
Then wham … !!
“I don’t have to get up at 7 am any more”.
“I don’t have to rush breakfast and catch the train.”
“I don’t even need to shower at this time, I’ll do it later (or maybe not at all today !!)”
Changes of life indeed.
But often times we find that the “old” routine did regularize some of our personal routines. And now, because some of them have been turned on their head, we find that things we took for granted are now much more difficult.
After a hard day at work, it was easy to climb into bed, and just manage to turn off the light before the eyes turned off. Six or seven hours later, the eyes opened again. The time in between was dreamland or “out of it” land. Who knew, who cared.
Nowadays, because of the new routine, the eyes don’t close so easily, or so quickly, or even at all. Going to bed at the same time pre-retirement doesn’t help. Staying up much later sometimes doesn’t help either. What to do …?
Waking right on 6.30 am for example – the magic hour for years – is now a time to look forward to. Years ago, the idea that you could wake at 4.00 a.m. and feel refreshed seemed absurd. Now it seems the pattern.
Hot milk, chocolate, green barley, magnesium pills, sleeping tablets. Do they work ..?
In some cases probably yes. But the addiction concern, especially with any form of sleeping tablet, is, and must be, a serious issue. If your medical practitioner has prescribed them in your case, then so be it. But if you have chosen to take them yourself, be careful.
Truthfully, there is no simple and effective answer to the sleeping issue. We are all different, and we all have our own personal factors at play.
My approach is this …
If I need a nap in the middle of the day because I awoke at 4 this morning, then I have a nap. If I can catch a few “winks” at odd times of the day, then I do. If I take hot milk now and again, and it seems to have an effect, then I do. I used to take sleeping tablets every day – I don’t now.
I just don’t stress over a lack of sleep according to the clock. I have time to catch up these days……….because, hmmmm, oh yeah, that’s right………I’m retired.
Clocks don’t run backwards (even during the night)
“The past cannot be changed.
The future is yet in your power.
Hugh White, Author
Next week – Transitions Issue 8 –
Sleep, Eat and Retire – Part 2 – Eating