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Disney characters' sleep problems as seen in you

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DECEMBER 15, 2015

After getting a good night’s sleep, you planned on waking up feeling incredibly energized and ready to crack open that dusty textbook that has served as decoration for your room. Except it’s finals week and things don’t always go the way you planned. In fact, some Disney characters share the same sleeping problems that you might have been experiencing. Here are five characters who can totally relate to the problem you’ve been having trying to sleep.

Princess Aurora

Princess Aurora touching the spindle is like you deciding it would be a great idea to lay your head down for just one minute, then you’ll wake — ZZZZZ. Except there’s no Prince Charming here, so you better hope your roommate will be kind enough to slap you awake and drag you to your final exam on time. Perhaps after the exam, you’ll have time to participate in a sleep study conducted by a graduate student desperately trying to finish his or her dissertation.


You’re constantly falling asleep everywhere and you can’t figure out why, even though you got exactly nine hours of sleep last night. That’s six perfect sleep cycles. You’re tired everywhere and all the time. You decided that it’s absolutely ridiculous to deprive yourself of sleep and the best way to fix the problem is to take two more naps. The funny thing is, it’s almost ruining your nonexistent study life. After all, isn’t that what RRR Week is for? Rest, REM sleep and repay (all your sleep debt from the entire semester).


You act out your nightmare about the last exam you took, where your paper exam turned into a giant mobile monster with razor sharp teeth and started chasing you while laughing at all the problems you missed. You’re running as fast as you can while continuously screaming at the top of your lungs. Then you wake up and you’re not sure if you can take another exam without a trip to the Tang Center first.

Geppetto and his fish Cleo

You’re Jiminy Cricket and your two roommates are snoring so loudly that it’s no use trying to fall sleep. You thought they would give it a rest because it’s the week of final exams but unfortunately, you’re mistaken. Like a good roommate, instead of harboring the anger from not being able to sleep, you play out a fantasy of a peaceful and quiet sleep in your head while you slowly drift to sleep.

Donald Duck

Sleepwalking — a case you developed from extreme stress. Most people only make it to the bathroom or common area, but because of your exceptional amount of anxiety, you have managed to walk into your exam room 12 hours early. Your body is probably trying to save you from a panic attack because it was reminded of that one frantic morning the last time that you almost overslept.

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DECEMBER 14, 2015