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Broken sleep isn’t broken

Good to read, as I sit reading in the middle of the Beijing night, that quiet time awake is not something to resist but perfectly normal, even without jetlag, according to an oped in the New York Times, “Dreams Deferred.” I often wonder about how to find time for reflection in this all too rushed life – the way we live now, in 2011 – and perhaps this is the answer. A notable and likeable thing about daily life in China, and elsewhere outside the urbanized West, is that one sees people sleeping all the time. I’ve often seen a Chinese workman taking a nap in his cart, parked along a shady street.

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