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One thing that everyone can agree on is the fact that every human being needs sleep. However, there is a variation in the sleeping patterns or traditions across cultures around the world. A common sleeping culture in a country may be entirely alien to the citizens of another country. Some sleep traditions from around the world are unique and undoubtedly worth discussing. You may think that your sleeping habits and the culture that surrounds it aren't anything special, but you could be surprised when you realize how they differ from those of other countries. What follows is just a few examples of the most common differences when it comes to sleeping.
Why do we wear “not sleeping and functioning” as a badge of honor in America? Why is it considered cool and impressive to walk into a breakout session while away on a company retreat and say “We went from the dinner to the club and then to breakfast this morning. I just showered and came down to the meeting.” How many times have heard this while away at a conference? Why have truck drivers been embracing the macho idea of being able to drive from New York and California and back without stopping? It starts at an early age. We finish our term papers and go to class in high school without sleeping. We see our parents go without sleep and go to work day in and day out. We go to college and stay out all night and then crash on our bed for a few hours and run to class while scarfing down a donut and a cup of coffee to stay awake for the morning lecture.