There are many famous insomniacs who despite their sleepless nights, or possibly because of it, led very productive lives. If some had gotten help with their insomnia, they could have been with us longer and others could have just had a happier life with less anxiety and depression.
Tallulah Bankhead – Had an young, gay man to hold her hand until she fell asleep
Robert Burns – Suffered depression and anxiety
Catherine the Great – Was too paranoid to sleep
Winston Churchill – When his depression aggravated his insomnia he would change beds
Charles Dickens – Needed his head pointing north and slept in the middle of his bed
Alexandre Dumas – He would get up and take long walks
Thomas Edison – Invented the light bulb so he could read at night
W.C. Fields – His cure for insomnia was to get a lot of sleep
Scott Fitzgerald – Was a prolific night time list maker
Benjamin Franklin – Got out of bed until it cooled down
Judy Garland – Took sleeping pills to the extreme
Cary Grant – Used hypnosis to quit smoking and to get to sleep
Abraham Lincoln – He would take long, midnight walks
John Stewart Mill – A philosopher with too many ideas and couldn’t quiet his mind
Napoleon – Tickled his belly to stay awake during the day
Groucho Marx – Made late night crank calls (before caller ID was invented)
Marilyn Monroe – Took too many sleeping pills and died too young
Sir Isaac Newton – Was just about to fall asleep when that apple hit him. Dang!
Marcel Proust – Wrote during his sleepless nights
Theodore Roosevelt – Drank a warm glass of milk with a shot of cognac in it
Shakespeare – Has helped thousands of high school students get to sleep
Margaret Thatcher – “Sleeping is for wimps!
Mark Twain – Needed an open windows and fresh air
Vincent Van Gogh – Took a dose of camphor on his pillow (which also helped poison him)
These famous insomniacs suffered many sleepless nights so you are not alone. But keep trying different things to get to sleep. Many will not work, but if you keep trying, you will eventually have a handful of tools that will work for you.