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February 11, 2014

Snooze dog needs more naps

(Continued)

My inability to nap recently came up during my last annual physical, but there was some confusion in the conversation. “How are you sleeping?” asked Dr. Ross

“It’s been rough,” I told him. “Sometimes I’m awake for 8-10 hours in a row.”

“TEN HOURS?” he gasped. “We need to do some testing. How long has this been going on?”

“Several months.”

“Do you just toss and turn in bed?”

“Well, I’m not in bed. That’s the problem. I’m out driving the car, watching the news, cooking. Sometimes I’m in the garage operating heavy machinery.”

“This is very troubling, Dick. So you don’t sleep all night?

“No, I sleep great at night. It’s all day that I can’t sleep.”

Dr. Ross was very helpful once I straightened out the misunderstanding. He said I had to accept that men experience changes in their bodily rhythms as they mature. “I want you to go home this afternoon and really think about that,” he said. I told him I’d have to sleep on it. Which meant, of course, it would have to wait until that night.

The problem is that there are now two more hours each day when I need to find something to keep me busy. I think I have found the perfect online service to do just that. It must really work, or they couldn’t call it Napster.

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