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I need eight hours of sleep to feel rested. Nine, and I’m flying high.

I love sleep. I love dreaming. I have the best dreams — I do a lot of flying. Sometimes, my dreams are my favorite part of the day.

I’m not ashamed or embarrassed. I don’t feel lazy or slothful. I hate when overachievers brag about how they only need a few hours of sleep.

And now, research proves me right! People who don’t get enough sleep get sick. Really sick. And suffer from depression.

The problem is, my schedule does not allow me to get the sleep I need. And it’s slowly driving me insane. I’m dreaming of a time when I can go to bed at 10 p.m. and read a novel until I drift off.

Someday. And all you people who can go to bed at a reasonable hour — don’t take it for granted! Get your sleep. Your body will thank you.


If you have an hour to kill and you don’t mind being freaked out by all their stories, this multimedia graphic on the Star Tribune’s Web site is absolutely stunning. I’m guessing hundreds of hours of work went into it.

Shootings, baby abuse, rape — I read about it all every day and am pretty jaded. Usually horrible things kind of slide right past me (or I make a tasteless joke about them). But the bridge collapse was on par with 9/11 for me. I couldn’t get the images out of my head for months.