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How to Sleep (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 14 September 1935 (USA)
A humorous look at the problems people have trying to sleep.

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A lecturer seated at a desk promises an informative film about how to sleep; it's a sequel to and inspired by "How to stay awake," which put his audience to sleep. He plans to examine the causes of sleep, the causes of insomnia, and recent research on sleep, including a time-lapse film of a man changing positions 55 times during an 8-hour rest: why exercise, he asks, when you can sleep like a top? The film instructs one on how to get a drink of water during the night without waking completely, and other useful skills for the insomniac. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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This'Short' About Sleep Will Do Just That
15 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Robert Benchley discusses the subject of sleep in four parts: 1 - the causes of sleep; 2 - the methods of inducing sleep; 3 - methods of avoiding sleep and, finally, 4 - how to wake up ("which is the most important," he notes.)

Early on this showed promise to a funny "short," but it really wasn't. After five or six minutes, it got simply boring. The third segment comprised most of the overall time and went on way too long. Yes, some of it was mildly amusing, mainly the names he put to various sleepng positions, but that's about it.

Actually, as someone who has a lot of trouble sleeping, it was amazing: this short film almost put me to sleep!


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