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April 7, 2013

VINCENT DAVIS: Things more important than sleep

Niagara Gazette — A majority of famous television doctors as well as the National Sleep Foundation recommend that the average adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. Getting an appropriate amount of sleep helps your brain and body operate at peak efficiency, it’s good for your skin and contributes to a longer and generally less cranky life.

When is the last time you slept nine continuous hours? Can you remember a time, outside of summer break before sophomore year of high school, where you went to sleep at midnight and woke up refreshed at nine o’clock? Do you hate yourself or have an unspoken death wish to commit suicide slowly over more than 50 years via sleep deprivation? Then why aren’t most Americans getting adequate sleep?

I would venture the reason is, “because there was so much else to do.”

This past Monday was Dyngus Day, a holiday that seems to be exclusively celebrated in Buffalo and parts of Cleveland (congrats on your third consecutive Dyngus Day parade, Cleveland!). Those of you in the know are aware of what a wonderful day it is. It has everything: Polish people, pussy willows, grandmothers making soup and donuts all day – everything.

On Monday I found myself coming home late from a long day at the office ready to relax and settle in for a few episodes of “Saved by the Bell” on Netflix. I had barely finished singing the final lines to the iconic theme song when my cellular phone rang. It was a text from my brother that contained just four words: “Dyngus Day, come out!”

Keeping in mind that it was a Monday and I hadn’t gotten a great night’s sleep the night before — and I was looking down the barrel of a week full of meetings and conference calls. I made a decision … to totally go meet my brother for a Dyngus Day party!

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