Post # 1
OK I get up throughout the night to pee (I’m pretty sure my bladder is the size of a walnut, at best!) and I’m a VERY light sleeper. I read that temping needs to be at the same time, and best after at least 4 hours of sleep. Well, by the time I wake up in the AM, I usually have not slept for 4 straught hours beforehand.
What do you recommend for taking temperatures?
Post # 3
I had the same problems! I would usually have about 2-3 hours of solid sleep before temping in the morning (after having woken up to potty in the middle of the night and before my dog waking me up for breakfast) and it still worked out fine for me. I would usually wake up a few hours after I fell asleep. If you’re going to bed at 11 and wake up around 4 to pee, just temp before you get up then.
Charting is not an exact science, it’s just there to give us some more information and a general idea of what’s going on with our bodies. Give it a try and see what works!
Post # 4
@oceanbee59: It really just depends on you 🙂 Some women are really affected by not getting enough sleep, and others are not. For example, my BBT doesn’t change much if I wake up in the middle of night or if I wake up a bit early and lay there for a half hour before I temp. My suggestion would be to find a time when you typically have the longest block of sleep. Say you go to bed at midnight and wake up around 4 every night to pee. You could set an alarm for 3 or 4 and take your temp, then you just go back to sleep. Most thermometers will record the temp, and you can check it later. I temp at 7am, so on the weekends I just stick the thermometer in, wait til it beeps, and record the temp later.
Post # 5
And this is exactly why I have not started charting yet because I have no set sleep schedule. I feel for women who work shifts because that will be even harder to check ‘at the same time’. Ah!
Post # 6
since i have a small bladder and don’t want to wake up too close to temp time to pee, this cycle i started setting a seperate alarm for peeing. it has actually helped a lot. i usually don’t need to get up again before temping, so my temperatures have been much more stable.
Post # 7
Fellow frequent pee-er here…I say give the charting a try anyway. I started setting an alarm for 6am (when I don’t get up for work until 8), which allows me to take it at the same time, at the very least. I still get up a lot during the night to pee, but I’ve found that my charts look totally normal anyway (I mean, they’re irregular lengths from month to month, but my charts show a clear temp shift at ovulation). Maybe getting up a lot affects people’s temps differently, because it doesn’t seem to matter much for me.