For years scientists have known that sleep deprivation can lead to mental and physical disabilities. It is even used as a torture…er…enhanced interrogation technique. More efficient than waterboarding .
Sports teams have, in recent years, jumped on the sleep bandwagon. Teams like the Seattle Seahawks even monitor players’ sleeping habits and adjust practice schedules accordingly. One of the best quarterbacks of all time, Tom Brady, once said he goes to bed at 8:30 PM.
So sleep is important for young and old. Important for mental awareness and physical health. Which brings me to this juncture.
Imagine a doddering 70 year old man. Scruffy beard. Balding head covered by a badly dyed comb over. Bleary -eyed. Maybe wearing partial unbuttoned silk pajamas. Maybe totally nude.Wandering up and down the hallways. It is 3:20 AM.
He stumbles aimlessly around his luxury apartment. Can’t sleep. Picks up his iphone. Decides to do some late night tweeting. Starts tweeting about some woman. Some young woman he knew years ago. Some woman he decides must be a porn queen.
A doddering old fool wandering around in the middle of the night tweeting about porn queens.
Finally somebody. Maybe his current wife. Maybe a servant. Maybe his 10 year old son. Somebody finds him wandering around, takes him by the hand and gently leads him back to bed.
“It’s ok , daddy. Time to get some sleep”.
Two hours later he is up again. 5 AM. Stumbling along, iphone in hand, tweeting away about porn queens. Porn queen this, porn queen that. Again someone finds him.
Leads him back to bed. Perhaps this time they decide they better tie him down for his own good. Straightjacket, maybe. Keep grandpa under control.
Now, imagine this doddering old fool sleeps in the White House and has access to all nuclear codes. Access to the most top secret information. Access to power.
Please don’t wake up this doddering old fool. Let him sleep.
To the American people: wake up.