Post # 1
So I have been temping since July… I am really consistant about taking it at the same time (5:45am) everyday while I am in town… but I have been traveling a lot for work and have to get up much earlier (4:30am)… but I go to sleep earlier to compensate
Starting tomorrow I am swtiching to the night shift… so I obviously will be temping at a different time….
So I was wondering, do you think that the time of day really matters, or is it more about how much sleep you got before temping?
Post # 3
@MySunshine: For me, time of day REALLY matters and amount of sleep does not. I’ve noticed that differences of 20 minutes make a huge difference in my temperature. Like if I take it 20-30 min before usual, it’s much lower than the previous day’s temp. If I take it more than 45 minutes after usual time, it’s super high. My temp doesn’t seem to be affected by sleep as I have to get up to let the dogs out often at night, and if I do that 2-3 hours before my temp time, it’s not too far off of where it “should” be for that time in my cycle.
Post # 4
I just got a LadyComp which is a little computer thing that takes BBT every day and predicts fertility. According to the literature/instructions the most important thing is that you get at least 5 hours of sleep, that you temp IMMEDIATELY when you wake up, before you sit up or feet touch the floor, and that you temp within 3 hours of when you did it the day before. So it sounds like for your travel, that should be fine.
Post # 5
I’m in the same boat. I work crazy hours and it is impossible for me to take it the same time every day since I flip back and forth from day to nights. I honestly have given up on taking my temp the past couple months because I just can’t remember I always wake up and forget to take it. Im going to try again this month and see if there is any kinda pattern. But as long as you get a solid block of sleep hopefully it will be ok.
Post # 6
@MySunshine: when I was temping and working night shifts (7p-7a), all the research I did said to take your temp when you wake up, so for me, that was at 5pm in the evening.
Post # 7
For me it was all about the restful sleep I got before temping. TOD really didn’t impact me much, even when I’d go to bed in the week small hours and not temp until 9 a.m. Everyone is different!
Post # 8
Time of day hasn’t impacted my temps. As long as I get at least 3 hours of sleep, my temps have clearly showed ovulation. I was working shifts when I started temping last year and there was no way that I could feasibly temp at the same time of day.
Post # 9
I know that the later I sleep in, the higher my temps seem to be. That being said, if you’re taking them at the same time of day (regardless of time), after 3 hours of sleep, they should be pretty consistent. And I think everyone is a little different anyhow – you might find that yours are super consistent anyhow! Best of luck!