Tuesday, June 19, 2007

I'll sleep when I'm dead

Today's title is a notion that some people seem to follow, and we include ourselves in that grouping. Sometimes, there's just too much to do within the confines of the day, and, with our busy, run-all-the-time world, sleep seems to be the one notion concept that gets pushed aside. And when sleep does come, there are a very large number of people that cannot remain in a slumber unless it's almost deathly quiet.

And that's exactly where today's story comes into play. A 17-year-old German car crash victim, having difficulty sleeping in his hospital room, took the phrase "deathly quiet" a little too seriously. To eliminate some of the noise that was keeping him from getting his requisite amount of shut-eye, he unplugged his roommate's life support machine, citing it as being too noisy. Luckily for the 76-year-old hooked up to the breathing machine, hospital staff realized what had happened before he entered into the uninterruptable sleep.

We've heard of people needing white noise generators, and we've heard of those that have snores that can, seemingly, be heard from miles away. We've never heard of someone so irritated with the machinery in their hospital room that they started unplugging the devices, simply to get a little rest. Well, until this incident. And this is in a place where you can easily get sedatives to help ease you into slumber.

Needless to say, the 17-year-old was turned over to the police after the incident. Here's hoping that, whatever happens, he'll be able to get that quiet, peaceful sleep that he was dreaming about. Of course, if he doesn't, we're fairly certain that it'll be a lot more difficult to unplug any potential noisemakers around.

Of course, this all could have been averted if the teen had just tuned into a marathon of According to Jim, or tried to sit through Epic Movie. Either of those options would have put him into a sleep rivaled only by the coma patients down the hall.

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