Thanksgiving and Sleep Deficiency

December 3, 2014 4:38 PM

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One of most meaningful holidays for all Americans is Thanksgiving, the last Thursday in November. It is the time when millions of us travel near and far by car, rail and plane sometimes enduring icy roads, crowded airports and unexpected delays to visit our friends and relatives. With the changing demographics of our country, this is sometimes the one time in the year where children get to see their parents and grandparents. As first practiced by the pilgrims, it is a time for love and expressions of gratitude to our family and friends as well as strangers. Traditionally, the only people who worked during this holiday were those few people required for essential services such as police, firefighters and hospital workers.

Juxtaposed to Thanksgiving and in stark contrast is Black Friday. It is arguably the biggest shopping day of the year, a day when retailers open their doors early, luring masses of shoppers with the promises of once in a lifetime savings on a myriad of goods. In some cases, Black Friday exposes the ...

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