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So I have been temping this cycle, and so far it has been pretty normal and easy until now. So you can see my chart through the link in my siggy if you are curious, but my question has more to do with how I got my temp. So last night I slept badly and ended up waking up at 330am (went to bed at midnight) sweating my butt off. I took my temp out of curiosity and it was 98.77. I then got up, went pee, and went back to bed. Then 2 and a half hours later at 6am I was woken up again and took another temp, which was only 98.17 (a significant dip). 6am is a normal time for me to take my temp, so I was going to count this one, but I was wondering if the fact I got up in the middle of the night would have impacted this temp? Should I discard this temp? Just not sure if that would matter or not. Thanks ladies!
I personally wouldn't discard. BBT is your lowest temperature attained during rest, so it's not unusual that it was lower than your 3:30am temp. The best measurement would be to get a good night's sleep, but that's not always possible. I frequently toss and turn or get up to pee or get a drink of water. I still always just temp at the same time (6am for me too), regardless of my sleeping pattern.
What you can do on FF is mark the box that says "sleep deprived," in the "specifics" tab and then your temp will have a white circle instead of a blue one. That way, if your temp is off for that day, you'll know why without having to discard it.
I'm an incredibly restless sleeper, but I always try to temp as close to 6:30 as possible, even if I was awake an hour earlier for the bathroom. As long as you're in bed and not doing stuff during that time, I don't think it affects BBT too much. I mean, how many people take their temp under ideal situations every day? I'd say consistency of time is more important than sleep quality. And if you just make a note of it (or have the white circles on FF), then when trying to interpret, you'll understand if that one is way out of whack.
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