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* TimeLapse: Parodied. What is supposedly a time lapse film of Benchley tossing and turning in bed is obviously Benchley just rolling around as a sped-up fake clock twirls.

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* TimeLapse: Parodied. What is supposedly a time lapse film of Benchley tossing and turning in bed is obviously Benchley just rolling around as a [[SpinningClockHands sped-up fake clock twirls.twirls]].

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* InstructionalFilm: A parody of instructional films about banal topics.


Inspired by a real Carnegie Mellon study on sleeping. The first of a series of "How to..." shorts made by Benchley for MGM over the next few years. Not to be confused with the Disney cartoon ''WesternAnimation/HowToSleep'', which does cover similar topics.

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Inspired by a real Carnegie Mellon study on sleeping. The first of a series of "How to..." shorts made by Benchley for MGM over the next few years. Not to be confused with the Disney cartoon ''WesternAnimation/HowToSleep'', ''How to Sleep'' starring Goofy, which does cover similar topics.



* InsomniaEpisode: Benchley trying, and failing, to get to sleep.

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* InsomniaEpisode: Benchley trying, and failing, to get to sleep. The short ends with narrator Benchley dozing off at his desk as the camera cuts back to him.
* InteractiveNarrator: One scene has Benchley-the-narrator remarking that alcoholism can cause insomnia. The Benchley being filmed then looks up and barks "Oh shut up and mind your business!"
* MediumBlending: Mostly live action, but with some cartoon bits, like when Benchley's talk about counting sheep is illustrated with animation of sheep jumping over a fence.
* TimeLapse: Parodied. What is supposedly a time lapse film of Benchley tossing and turning in bed is obviously Benchley just rolling around as a sped-up fake clock twirls.

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''How to Sleep'' is a 1935 comedy short film (12 minutes), directed by Nick Grinde, written by and starring Robert Benchley.

It is a parody of instructional films. Benchley is the narrator, telling the audience about four different aspects of sleep: causes of sleep, methods of sleep, avoiding sleep, and waking up. As Benchley's narration plays out a test subject, also played by Benchley, tries and fails at various different methods of getting to sleep.

Inspired by a real Carnegie Mellon study on sleeping. The first of a series of "How to..." shorts made by Benchley for MGM over the next few years. Not to be confused with the Disney cartoon ''WesternAnimation/HowToSleep'', which does cover similar topics.

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* CountingSheep: Benchley says that counting sheep isn't very effective because he worries too much about a sheep not clearing the fence. Sure enough, one of the sheep in his dream crashes into the fence.
* FauxToGuide: A satirical guide on how to sleep. Proved popular enough that Benchley spent the rest of the decade making more "How to" films.
* InsomniaEpisode: Benchley trying, and failing, to get to sleep.

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