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Sleep, Glorious Sleep

June 9, 2008

As long as I can remember, I’ve always loved sleep. Sleep makes the impossible seem possible. Sleep makes the wildest, most exhilarating inventions of imagination appear as a reality. Sleep allows you to snuggle in the warmest blanket and recover from all the cares and stresses of the day.

I don’t think I was ever a kid who fought sleep and resisted going to bed because staying up was so much fun. What could be more fun than floating through the air? What could be more delightful than a zero-calorie bowl of dream ice cream? What could be more enticing than a relaxing pillow and comfortable mattress?

In recent months, I’ve discovered just how much fun the waking world can be. My “dreams” have been realized with great events like long weekends in New York, and with simple pleasures like late night adventures in the park, pondering the universe under the stars, and chatting with friends over cartons of gelato. Many adventures have taken place so late at night they may be better qualified as during the wee hours of the morning. Upon discovering all the fun that life has to offer, I began to wonder, “is sleep really only a necessary evil?”

Thanks to an upset tummy last night, I tucked myself into bed at 10 PM for a deep and comfortable sleep. And I am reminded that there are few pleasures better than waking up at 1 AM and realizing you have many hours of sleep ahead, or waking to the sunrise and chirping of birds, feeling fully rested and ready for the day ahead. Yes, my friends, sleep is a glorious thing.

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