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The Importance of Sleep, Lavoy Allen and the Philadelphia 76ers

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Lavoy Allen reportedly missed the Sixers' open practice today because he "overslept." Before we make fun of him, let's take a moment to recognize just how essential slumber is to the human body.

Bed time is a good time.
Bed time is a good time.
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Today, the beloved Philadelphia 76ers headed to the "cathedral" of basketball to hold an open practice for fans at The Palestra. While this was an opportunity for what’s left of the Sixers’ supporters to get up close and personal with their favorite team,  the most notable tidbit of information to come from the day’s festivities was the lack of attendance from a certain Temple product.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Lavoy Allen overslept and missed practice, coach brown said. &quot;It will be dealt with&quot; <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Sixers&amp;src=hash">#Sixers</a></p>&mdash; Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) <a href="https://twitter.com/EliotShorrParks/statuses/391613998527164416">October 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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While missing practice is certainly a sensitive subject in the City of Brotherly Love, in fairness to Lavoy Allen, the professional sports scene in Philly has undergone a youth movement and an influx of coaches that are preaching health and fitness.

We first saw this ideal stressed from Chip Kelly with the Eagles, and the Sixers’ very own rookie head coach, Brett Brown, has stressed the importance of fitness through his thick Bostralian accent from the moment he was introduced at the Wells Fargo Center.

So, to back up our man Chef VOYardee, I took a few minutes to research why getting a good night sleep is so essential—and might just be a little bit more important than running suicides in front of jeering fans.

According to the American Psychological Association, at least 40 million Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders and 60 percent of adults report having sleep problems a few nights a week or more. Do you really want a member of the greatest basketball team in Philadelphia to suffer?

Further, According to McCook Gazette , the brain, when you're asleep, turns on a special system that flushes out toxic substances called amyloid-beta proteins, that accumulate into the plaques that contribute to Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

After reading that, you should want to go to sleep right now.

Lavoy, keep counting sheep, my man. I hope you’re dreaming of the Larry O’Brien Trophy doused in SpaghettiOs.