CBS Anchor Caught Sleeping on the Job?

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A recent video clip has people wondering whether CBS This Morning anchor Tony Dokoupil was caught napping while the show was airing. As the coronapocalypse continues, some people are sleep deprived while others are catching up on their sleep. While it’s unsure if Dokoupil (or should we say Donyquil?) was sleeping, take a look for yourself.

According to the website MediATE:

At around 8:10 a.m. EST, the CBS morning show came back from a commercial break, and featured Dokoupil sitting in his chair looking very much as though he was fast asleep. After an awkward stretch of silence, the show returned to commercials and Anthony Mason

 picked up when it came back on a few minutes later.

Dokoupil was back on camera later on and kept hosting the program as per usual. Still, the odd, brief moment was noticed by viewers who wanted to know if he was really snoozing on set.

The media are often accused of figuratively sleeping on the job due to slipshod reporting and a basic lack of practicing traditional journalistic practices, but this is the first case of a news anchor being accused of literally sleeping on the job.

Like many areas related to science, experts disagree on exact figures when it comes to how much sleep we should get. According to a recent article by

, the amount differs based on age:

  • Newborns (0-3 months): Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18)
  • Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range widened two hours to 12-15 hours (previously it was 14-15)
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours (previously it was 12-14)
  • Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours (previously it was 11-13)
  • School age children (6-13): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)
  • Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)
  • Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours (new age category)
  • Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours
  • Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours (new age category) 

Pro Sports Extra does not know if Tony D. is sleep-deprived, but if so, there are many options available and we wish him the best in staying awake. If you’ve ever watched CBS This Morning, you too might fall asleep while it’s on the air. In Tony D’s case, at least he wasn’t swearing on-air.

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