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April 23rd, 2009, 04:34 AM
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From what I've read you should take your temperature as soon as you wake up in the morning before you get out of bed. I've also read that you should be sleeping for 3 straight hours. I've been having a problem with this because I wake up so often during the night. Either from the baby waking, my husband getting up for work (he works midnights), or I just simply have to use the bathroom.

During the week my alarm goes off at 4:15am, so that is typically when I take my temp.. on the weekends if I wake up at that time on my own I'll take it. But, there are times during the week I'll wake up at 2am or 3am for no reason at all. I don't take my temp because then the timing is off, but then when I take it at 4ish am - I haven't had 3 straight hours of sleep.

How much impact do you think this has on my actual temperature? Anyone else have this issue?
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April 23rd, 2009, 05:33 AM
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If you have a memory function on your thermometer, take your temp, write it down, then at the time you usually get up, take it again and see how much of a difference there really is.

I'm a LIGHT sleeper, but when I found that there was not much difference between my temps if I woke up, I would just use my regular wake up time.

Some women don't have to worry about substantial temp changes if they wake up, so maybe you are one of the lucky ones.

Yes, you should take your temp as soon as you wake up with minimal movement.
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April 23rd, 2009, 06:41 AM
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Good idea! I'll do that. Thank you!
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April 23rd, 2009, 09:29 AM
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That's why I initially didn't temp. I used BOM because it didn't require sleeping a certain number of hours or taking my temp. I was up nursing my son still at night when I was starting to chart to avoid. Now I am temping to cover all of my bases and sometimes if I sleep too late I forget to temp or I don't take it at the same time all the time and then I just get open circles on my chart.
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