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10 Famous Insomniacs

Suffering from insomnia or sleep deprivation may not be the greatest thing to deal with, but you’re not alone. There are many people who deal with this same issue. It also seems that fame and insomnia seem to go hand in hand. Here are just a few of the famous insomniacs.

Abraham Lincoln – Honest Abe was known to take long walks at midnight in hopes of a way to help him fall asleep. He would also tell stories or read to his personal aides. Unfortunately, these usually lead to them falling asleep, and not the president.

Groucho MarxTriggered by the 1929 stock market crash, the grease paint mustachioed comedian would stay up most nights. He also had an unusual way to pass that time. During these bouts of insomnia, the famed comedian would call up random people and insult them over the phone. We don’t necessarily recommend this “treatment.”

Margaret Thatcher – The former UK Prime Minister was known to only get by on four hours of sleep each night. Lady Thatcher felt that needing sleep was a sign of weakness, and was famously quoted as saying, “sleep is for wimps.”

MadonnaMadonna’s brother detailed the pop singer’s struggles with insomnia in his biography. She would read poetry that helped in her songwriting or the diaries of famous heroines that she admired, to help her pass the time.

Judy Garland – The versatile actress became addicted early on in her career to diet pills (amphetamines). A cocktail of drugs to help her sleep, ultimately lead to her premature death.

Tallulah Bankhead – In one of the more “interesting” cures for insomnia, the actress would hire young homosexual men to sit by her and hold her hand through the night as she tried to fall asleep. Maybe she never heard of a glass of warm milk?

Bill Clinton – President Clinton was known to get by on just five hours of sleep per night. He once said, “Every important mistake I’ve made in my life, I’ve made because I was too tired.”

Vincent Van Gogh – Van Gogh detailed his bouts of insomnia through letters to his brother, Theo. In one of these letters, Van Gogh described how he would soak his pillow and mattress in camphor oil. This toxic mix has been suggested to have been one of the reasons that gave speed to his untimely death.

Marilyn Monroe – On another sad note, Monroe’s death was attributed to overdosing on sleeping pills. The actress’ insomnia was reportedly tied to long-standing emotional spells. Just prior to her passing, the actress was enraged when she heard that one of her confidants had slept for 15 hours the previous night.

Winston Churchill – Churchill struggled with depression and insomnia, or as he referred to it as his “black dog.” Known to only get around three hours of sleep each night, the former Prime Minister tangled with his black dog until his last days.

In Conclusion

Before you become famous for your non-sleep habits, make sure to check out all of the available healthy and affordable ways to aid in your nightly slumber.

No one is really perfect; this includes some of the most famous people who appear to be perfect with their own health. If you struggle with insomnia, don't worry, be happy, and do whatever you can to fight this vicious fight. Sleep is a beautiful thing, and sometimes it's not easy.

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