Work Lag


We are all familiar with the term “Jet-Lag” and many of us have experienced the effects during our all too short vacations in distant lands. This is where our body clock insists on waking us up at our normal home country times despite the fact that we are currently the opposite side of the world. Worse still it prevents us from getting to sleep after a full day doing touristy things.

Well I have discovered a similar effect now that I have retired.

No matter that I don’t have to get up to go to work. Despite the fact that we have disabled all alarm clocks and the alarm functions on phones and computers.

My body clock is insisting that I wake up at 07:00 every day and, since I am one of those people who cannot stay in bed once I am awake, I am typically up and about by 07:30 which was my normal time to rise when I was working.

I have tagged this effect as “Work-Lag”

Many folks have said the effects will wear off.  My sister retired quite a few years ago and she is still waking before 06:00 every day. There is always an exception that proves the rule. Some folks have suggested that the inability to lay-in is a form of guilt. Well we can discount that one after over 45 working years.

I am looking forward to the day when I can have a guilt free lay-in.

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