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July 12, 2013

VINCENT DAVIS: Insomnia: The attainable super power

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Anyone who has slept less than six hours in two nights or has ever had to work after completing an overnight ‘30 Rock’ marathon on Netflix can attest to the fact that going through such a day is like being Daniel Day Lewis starring as the titular character in a play called ‘A regular day as Daniel Day Lewis’ that is staged in the real world without anyone in the audience becoming aware that what they are watching is an act.

Having to look into someone’s eyes in the office and appear to be genuinely listening when everything inside of you is screaming “put on pajamas and go to sleep immediately” is a near Herculean task of will power and theatric face work deserves an Academy Award.

People with jobs are working more hours than ever, those of us without jobs know what it’s like to slowly fall out of step with the schedule of the real world as more of our days and nights aren’t spent watching marathons of ‘The Real World’ on Amazon Prime.

According to the Dr. Phil-pdf mentioned earlier, 63 percent of us are sleeping less than the doctor recommended eight hours. We’re all adults capable of making our own health decisions, but to paraphrase Spider Man’s ever wise and constantly being murdered in TV and movies Uncle Ben: with great power comes great responsibility and with a great number of cable channels playing infomercials from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. comes a great number of Sham-Wow’s, Slap-chops, and at-home French fry machines.

Vincent Davis II is a Cornell graduate, DJ, and market development specialist in the IT industry. His column appears on the second and fourth Friday of every month. He can be contacted at vincedavis06@gmail.com

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