Up With The Lark

for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 16 January 2021, morning.

I’ve always been a morning person.

When I worked in London, I caught the 7 AM train, plus there was all the getting up and washed, plus the cycle to the station (25-30 mins).

If I was lucky, then, I’d get home at anout 7:30 – 8 PM, but I couldn’t stay up too late, because there was always an early start the next day.

After the stroke, I was in hospital for five weeks, and hospital is a morning environment. “Rounds” happened in the morning, the afternoons were quieter, therapy, the evening meal was at 5 – 5:30 PM, and after that, nothing. Patients can watch TV but Hospital TV is very expensive, and a lot of patients do not bother. In fact, my mum-in-law was in hospital exactly a year ago, and her hospital did not have any TV, because the company providing it had gone bust…

There is Internet, but if you’re ill, you often can’t be bothered.

So, most time after about 6 PM was spent dozing.

Those few weeks in hospital had a lasting effect. When I first came home, I was going to bed at 6 PM. Even five years later, I’m unlikely to go much past 9 PM. Computer and TV will be things that keep me up, although if I’m fed up with those I might go to bed earlier and listen to the radio.

After my night’s sleep, I’m generally up with the light. This might mean 7:30 AM in the winter, but might be 4-5 AM in the summer. I can’t really get up any later than I do now, because the cats want their breakfasts, plus of course waterworks take over…

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing from home, plus do some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

10 thoughts on “Up With The Lark”

  1. I’m a morning person too. Usually I wake up somewhere between six and half past, and mostly I’m back in bed just after ten PM. I fall asleep the moment my head hits the pillow.

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    1. I will do it if I can. I skipped last week because I didn’t get any christmas presents, period, let alone things I wanted to return!. I did however have a birthday quite close and Mrs Bump bought me a popcorn maker, which I am still using daily!

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  2. Thank you for presenting your story. When I was working I worked a split shift: two weeks days ( 6 a.m.) and afternoon shift (2:30 – 11 pm).

    The days shift were brutal especially when could sleep in a little later. Night shift was always a welcomed even. But your disrupted sleep patterns made it difficult to tell when the sun rose or when it set. All I know I was sleepy all the time. 🙂

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  3. Very interesting. My dad had a long stay in hospital a couple of years ago and he said the noise at night woke him/kept him awake. That was actually hindering his healing I think. Sleep is so much more important that we know. Being a lazy bones I’m happy to lay about but once I’m up and out I’m so pleased I made the effort. Wish I was naturally a morning person though….

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