Post # 1
I’ve started the temping a couple of weeks ago, things have been going okay. I was excited when I saw the crosshairs on my chart.
Now for my question. I know I’m supposed to temp as soon as I wake up. Techinally I get out of bed and get ready at 6 am. However, the last few mornings I have been waking up before my alarm (at about 4 am, 4:30 am, 5:30 am) and during those times I try to fall back asleep “for just a bit longer.” Those mornings that I toss and turn the couple of hours and temp at 6 am (like today) I had a 98.6 (I’m 8 dpo).
Should I be temping the first time I kind of wake up at 4? or is doing the 6 am ok?
Like I’ve said this is my first couple of weeks, but it seems like 98.6 would be kind of high for a first morning temp, especially when I look at others’ charts.
Here’s my chart btw: http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/tiredone
Post # 3
I don’t think the time matters, but it does matter that you’ve gotten 3-4 hours of interrupted sleep before temping. Also, it should be the same time every morning.
So, maybe you should set your alarm for 4am- temp then, and then just go back to sleep after that.
Expert charting bees, please correct me if I am wrong here!
Post # 4
I wakeup all.the.time. during the night. I set my alarm for 530 to temp. I used to go back to sleep but now I just get up and go to work early. My stirring didn’t ever seem to affect my temps but everyone is different. I would pick a time before you have to wake up, temp and go back to sleep.
You can’t compare your temps to someone else’s either. Each person has a different range. My temps run low so I go anywhere from 96.40-98ish.
Charting and temping gets easier with time! Just keep it up and you will hopefully start to recognize a pattern.
Post # 5
Ok. Thanks. This morning was another one of those mornings, awake at 4 and then I kept waking up about every 10-15 minutes until now when I gave to get up at 6.
Temped at 4 just to see and I was 98 and temped at 6 and got 98.5.
Post # 6
@vanike: I am not a charting expert becuase I had pretty much just gotten started when I got my BFP, but when I was reading up on it, it says to temp at the same time every morning. I say if you are waking up at 4, temp then. I would even set an alarm to wake yourself up at 4so you can get an accurate temp each morning becuase if you wake up at 4, don’t temp, but temp at 6 that isn’t going to be accurate.
Post # 7
I just temp when I first wake up in the morning, be it 5, 6, or 7am. For my temps, the exact time I take them is less important than taking them when I first wake up after a good chunk of sleep. You might be in the same boat — try it and see if your temps tend to be more consistent. I also have a hard time falling back asleep once an alarm goes off, so I refuse to set an alarm just to take my temp.
Post # 8
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I sleep terribly post O, waking up every few hours. I temp if I have had a solid 3 hours of sleep. Ideally you would temp at the same time every day after at least 3 hours of sleep, but sometimes it’s not possible. I’d suggest trying to set your alarm for 4 and temping then, and then going back to sleep. If this doesn’t work, just temp as soon as you wake up after at least 3 solid hours of sleep.
For me personally the time I temp doens’t make a difference- I see very little flux in my temps- but other women see a lot of variation if they temp at different times. Make a note of what time you temp and you should be able to figure out if it makes a difference in your temps.
Post # 9
Just a note: got to work and input today’s temp at 98.5 (6 am since all month I’ve been temping at that time), and it changed my ovulation date to CD 24.
It seems to me like taking the temp at 4 am when I initially wake up after a full night’s sleep is a better idea (since I tend to wake up every 10-15 minutes until 6). Now, my question is, when should i start temping at 4 am? Do I wait until my next cycle or do I just start tomorrow?
Post # 10
I don’t usually have trouble waking up in the middle of the night, unless I have to pee badly. I have my alarm set for every morning at 6:15 to temp, since sometimes I get up to go to the gym and others I sleep for an extra hour or two. If I went by the time I woke up every single day, my temps wouldn’t be very reliable.
If I were you, I would start temping at 4am and just go back to sleep. You seem to be near the end of your cycle, so I would just start on CD 1.
Post # 11
If this is a normal issue for you (waking up in the morning, then snoozing for awhile longer), I’d set your alarm for 4 and temp then every morning. Then you could go back to sleep after. While some people might not have much difference in temps if they toss and turn a little, I definitely do. I think it would be more accurate if you pick an earlier wake time to make sure you have solid sleep before you temp.