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Donald Trump embracing America’s Insomniocracy

Donald Trump might be extremely sleep deprived. (AP)

Everybody telling us to sleep more, and the latest is Arianna Huffington, who wrote a book about her own sleep deprivation – and uses Donald Trump as her poster boy.

“Well, actually, Donald Trump displays all the symptoms of chronic sleep deprivation,” she said.

She was on CNN declaring that Trump’s symptoms were clearly on display last week:

“His mood swings, his irritability, his paranoid tendencies.”

All these terrible symptoms and yet these are the same symptoms that have made him the most influential politician in America.

So here we’re being told getting more sleep is essential to proper functioning and yet you can read through the list of sleep-deprived people and it’s a who’s who of history’s superstars:

DaVinci. Edison. Jefferson. And yes, Trump, who not only claims to get by with 3 to 4 hours sleep but even dismisses the idea of vacation:

“Vacations? If you want vacations, you’re really not in the right business. I hardly ever take time off.”

I don’t know who’s right. But we do seem to be living in an Insomniocracy – everybody with permanent wires coming out of their ears for fear they’ll miss something; companies like Google providing employees with nap pods so they don’t just collapse in the hallways.

It’s not natural, even for Trump:

“We should recognize that he’s running on fumes,” Huffington said. “And it becomes accumulative.

And come to think of it, you know you didn’t appear on a single talk show over the weekend, even by phone?

Is it possible someone finally needed a nap?

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Dave Ross

Dave Ross hosts the Morning News on KIRO Radio weekdays from 5-9 a.m. Dave has won the national Edward R. Murrow Award for writing five times since he started at KIRO Radio in 1978.


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