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The city that occasionally sleeps

In one of the campus stores, there’s a Red Bull advertisement saying, “Nobody ever wishes they slept more in college.”

They’re probably right. I’ll hear people complain about how tired they are at the moment, but they’ll forget how tired they were a week or a month ago. Even so, is Red Bull cultivating a healthy attitude?

Obviously, Red Bull is just trying to sell a product that people take to stay awake. I can’t blame them for encouraging people to be sleep-deprived. However, I feel that a lot of people buy into that idea. Once, when one of my teachers heard us complain about how tired we were, she just shrugged and said, “You can sleep when you die.” We were in eighth grade at the time.

I get the impression that being tired is seen as a sign of weakness. Now that we have Red Bull and coffee (and some not-so-legal substances for the more desperate), it’s like we don’t really have an excuse to be tired anymore. After all, if someone else can operate on 5 or 6 hours of sleep a night, why can’t you?

I find this attitude to be rather silly. It’s not like we sleep because we’re lazy or we lack the discipline to stay awake. Last time I checked, sleep was a necessity, somewhere on the level of eating and breathing.

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