Occupy D.C. Members On 'Sleep Strike,' Doctor Calls It 'Distinctly Unhealthy'

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A man rearranges his tent at the Occupy DC encampment in McPherson Square on January 30, 2012 in Washington, DC. Protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement have been camped at two sites in the city for months. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Why go hungry when you can stay awake?

Yesterday, the Examiner's Aubrey Whelan took note of two members of Occupy D.C. who, in a protest of the National Park Service's recent decision to begin enforcing the ban on camping in McPherson Square -- which includes a prohibition on slumbering in the park -- decided to go on a "sleep strike."

That's right. Since about noon on Monday, when the enforcement regime officially went into effect, two demonstrators, Thomas Reges and Ricky Lehner decided that the best way to prove to NPS and U.S. Park Police that sleeping in public spaces is a vital and expressive part of the Occupy Wall Street movement was to forego sleep entirely.

Read the whole story at dcist.com