DEAR ABBY: My wife and I are both recently retired. Our 19-year-old daughter lives 100 miles away at college. My wife has an elderly mother. My problem is family and friends who text early in the morning. When I was working, I had to get up at 4:30 a.m., so one of the biggest rewards of retirement is no alarm clock.

My wife keeps her cellphone next to the bed because of our daughter and her mother, so putting it somewhere else is not an option. When a text comes through, I automatically think the worst. My adrenaline kicks in, and I can’t go back to sleep. One person even sent me a birthday wish…

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