Wide Awake in America for The Big Sleep

There’s nothing like the classics. If you’re hooked up on a platinum digital or dish package you’ve probably come across Bogart and Bacall on American Movie Classics or Turner Movie Classics every now and then. Man, just about any feature with this team meant box office dynamite. The Big Sleep is a perfect case in point. Check out this trailer with the man himself:

Perhaps the last time you caught Bogey and Bacall in black and white was on a late, late showing well past your official bed time. If so, then you’re not alone. While up watching The Big Sleep at 2 am, you’re one of many in a growing epidemic of Americans missing out on real big sleep.

So what’d ya know, Joe? American’s are not copping enough zzzzzs. According to a new report, we are so sleep deprived we’re all too tired and cranky to realize it.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With late-night TV watching, Internet surfing and other distractions, Americans are getting less and less sleep, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.

And all this sleeplessness can be a nightmare for your mental and physical health, CDC experts cautioned, calling sleep loss an under-recognized public health problem.

Sleep experts say chronic sleep loss is associated with obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, cardiovascular disease, depression, cigarette smoking and excessive drinking.

The CDC surveyed 19,589 adults in four states. Ten percent reported they did not get enough sleep or rest every single day of the prior month, and 38 percent said they did not get enough in seven or more days in the prior month.

If you’re not too bleary-eyed, you’ll probably want to check out the rest of this report.

Bottomline: we need more shut eye.

Aside from the newfangled dial your sleep number mattresses, there’s certainly plenty of over the counter and prescription pharmaceuticals available to help move you past counting sheep. One in particular will not only help you get some sleep but for a little bonus might also help you to get up in the middle of the night, and start doing some laundry or start cooking and eating a whole cookie dough rolls or take a drive up the block — all while asleep. Hmm.

There is a much better — and safer — way to start getting your recommended nightly dose of 8-9 hours of deep sleep.

If you’re catching up to this entry from your wireless laptop or iPhone while in bed and planning to eventually fall asleep during a midnight showing of the Maltese Falcon, shame on you. Bogey deserves better.

Wake up, America! Start getting some real big sleep!

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