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8 Of The Worst Places To Sleep
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.
Here are eight of the worst places to sleep.
1. In a tent in the Arctic
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sean Carnes
If you love that feeling where you can't quite warm up and you're convinced you're going to die overnight from extreme temperatures, even though you're wrapped in foil like a burrito packaged with the expertise of a seasoned Chipotle employee, then we can't recommend the Arctic enough.
Let's be honest here: Even with your long johns and your heat mechanisms and your advanced survival training you're just lying to yourself. You're so damn cold you want to cry but you know your tears will freeze.
2. In the torpedo room
U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Darryl Wood
Nothing says "home away from home" like a temporary rack on a ship. "Join the Navy, see the world," really should have been, "Join the Navy, see the water."
Sure, on paper, sleeping between strangers on a ship cruising the open seas sounds like a new app we should develop, but sleeping right next to five coworkers and that one mouth-breather isn't probably what you had in mind. And if that wasn't quite enough, add the knowledge that you're in a room with several thousand pounds of bombs.
Sweet dreams, kid.
3. On a metal folding chair
U.S. Army photo by Robert Timmons
There's nothing quite like waking yourself with a massive head bob after dozing off while sitting straight up. You know the kind: when the weight of your giant brain falls forward too quickly and bounces at the bottom with enough force you have to wonder if you may have permanently damaged your neck. You play it off with a neck roll and look around to see if anyone noticed.
Spoiler alert: They did.
And, don't worry, you'll do it again in three minutes. Kudos to this dude who probably did that six times before he put his backpack on his lap to prevent it from happening again.
4. On the rocks
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Blair
That might be how you want your bourbon, but definitely not how you want your nap.
Just looking at where this guy is sleeping makes us uncomfortable (and not only because of the sunburn you know he's going to have on his face). There's something about gravel digging into that inch of exposed skin above your collar and tiny boulders in the small of your back that just screams nope.
5. On a stretcher
U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Erica Knight
Pretty sure that bad boy is for the patient, but sometimes you just have to fold your body completely perpendicular to catch a few zzz's. That's gonna feel realll nice in about 20 minutes. Nothing says "hazmat suit" like throwing your back out.
6. On the top rack
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Allison M. DeVries
If you ever rock, paper, scissored over who got the top bunk as a kid, then wow, do we ever have a treat for you. Now available on select C-130s in the New Zealand fleet: the top "rack." We use that term super loosely because it's more like sleeping on a web of lies that your time as a Marine would be spent doing actual things, not just training exercises.
7. On coke cases
U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Chris Bowerfind
Soda or pop? We're just calling it ingenious and horrible. Nothing about 39g of sugar in those tiny little cans of brown water is appealing. But if you haven't slept in a grocery store, have you ever even done a relief mission?
8. On the floor of the Department of Agriculture
U.S. National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy McGuire
Sure, the ground, the racks, the snow, the stretcher - it all sucks, but can you really beat the floor of the Department of Agriculture?
It might be the knowledge that every defeated farmer — who just that morning waded through pig and cow manure — used those same shoes to walk where you're sleeping in order to talk about the Farm Bill that makes this one the worst. Oh you're still okay with it? How about the countless bureaucrats who took the red eye in to make it to their 9:00 briefing and had those same shoes on in the Delta lavatory and then at Dulles? Add in some spilt coffee, regret and broken promises and the only thing you're dreaming about is getting the hell off the floor.
We've all been there … the point where you're so tired you will literally sleep anywhere. And when you're in those moments, you don't care how many people walked where your face is resting. It's also why it's so important that the times you are able to sleep in a bed, you not only cherish them, you enjoy them.
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Even then, those phones were the size of a small fish tank. Cheers, 1990s.
Editor's note: A combat wounded veteran, Ryan served in the U.S. Army as an armor officer assigned to 1st Battalion, 13th Armor Regiment. While deployed to Iraq in 2005, his vehicle was hit with an improvised explosive device buried in the road. He works as the Wounded Warrior Project's national Combat Stress Recovery Program director.
On Nov. 29, 2005, my life changed forever. I was a 24-year-old U.S. Army armor captain deployed to Taji, Iraq, when my vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. On that day, I lost two of my soldiers, Sgts. Jerry Mills and Donald Hasse, and I lost my right arm and left leg.
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