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Our romantic songs are full of sleep and dreams. An old saying, apparently from Venice, is "Bed Is Medicine." Sleep is desirable in so many ways. And for many of us, it is quite elusive.
I never did sleep very well, but I feel, these days, as if every new addition to our culture is an argument against sleep. More devices. More stimulation. More things going on in our heads at once. It's no accident that the ride of the Internet and the rise of coffee culture were simultaneous. Our minds whir all day long because they have to. We blast through the barrier of any natural circadian pause. Our cognitions are asked to speed up, expected to keep pace with a computer driven culture. And all through the early evening, the blackberries and iPods buzz and jingle, reminding us that we're not done. And then, after Jon Stewart reminds us the world is crazy. we get into bed. Good luck with that.
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