Post # 1
So I just started temping a few days ago. I know you’re suppose to do it the same time every day, when you first wake up before you do anything. So I’ve been setting my alarm but my body kind of anticipates the alarm so I toss and turn in bed before the alarm goes off. My instructions that came with my thermometer says you should be taking your temp when you’re like half asleep. So should I be temping when I first start tossing around in bed, or wait for the alarm? This is my first month temping and already my chart looks crazy!
Post # 2
If I’m rolling around waiting for my alarm, I just get up and temp. Especially if it’s within 45 minutes of the alarm. No harm in that. I do find that my temps are more consistent when I’m half asleep than when I stick to the exact same time every day no matter what.
Post # 3
Yeah I agree with PP, just go ahead and temp. Your chart is going to start out looking crazy anyways, once you get more data in it, it will start to look better, especially after you have your thermal shift.
Post # 4
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How long do you spend tossing and turning? If it’s within 30 minutes of the time your alarm is set to go off, go ahead and temp when you wake-up. If it’s longer, then maybe you just need to set your alarm even earlier. The idea for the alarm is to hit the earliest time you would possibly wake-up for that cycle. So maybe your earliest time is just earlier than you thought when you initially set-up the alarm.
Post # 5
My first month temping, too! I’ve just been doing it the second I wake up, which is usually before my alarm. But I feel like my chart looks a little crazy with temps, too, so I’ve been playing with the idea of setting my alarm on weekends too to make sure I temp at the exact same time, but that would suck. 🙁 It’s so overwhelming to learn everything!
Post # 6
gonatgo: I agree with lovekiss: if you wake up within 30 minutes of the alarm going off, then go ahead and temp. I usually keep my thermometer on a table next to me. I usually wake up an hour or two before my actual temping time thanks to my cats, then I go back to sleep, and I have been doing ok with my charts. The most important thing is to do it while half asleep meaning you haven’t done much activity to make your body temperature go up.
Post # 7
Im trying to remember to grab the thermometer when I start to wake up now instead of waiting for my alarm. And someone posted a really good article about charting in another thread so that’s helped as well
Post # 8
gonatgo: I don’t have a bedside table on my side, so I used to tuck my thermometer between my mattress and boxspring in its little plastic case – it was easier to reach without waking me up too much!
Post # 9
E_Lynne615: that’s a good idea! Mines on my bedside table but I have to stretch to get it so maybe I’ll move it closer
Post # 10
Lisasaurusrex: I have my alarm set for every day of the week at the same time, which kinda sucks on weekends, but i can usually get back to sleep after temping then, or I just get up with our puppy anyway. I use my phone alarm which I keep on my nightstand and I keep my thermometer in the same spot in my nightstand drawer so I can grab it while half asleep. this is only my second chart temping and the first 10 days of both charts pook pretty crazy which is normal!
Post # 11
gonatgo: I have the same problem, where I frequently wake up before my alarm, which goes off at 615am. You actually are supposed to be asleep for at least 3 hours before you temp.
My solution is that I set my alarm for 4am. It goes off, I temp, and then I fall back asleep. It sounds yucky, but I literally am half-asleep, its always still dark out, and its enough time before my alarm goes off that I’m not worrying about geting up soon. My temps went from ALL over the place to an easily readable pattern once I started doing that.
My husband doesn’t even hear the alarm go off anymore either; its just become a “normal” sound to him 🙂