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50 of the Best Sleep Quotes

Donna Chambers

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You spend about one-third of your life sleeping. With something this important, you can be sure people have a lot to say about it. From the humorous to the profound, here are 50 of the best quotes about sleep.

20 Inspirational Sleep Quotes

Sleep is vital to good health. A decent night’s rest can make a positive impact on your entire day, so it’s no surprise that people often feel so fondly about it. Here are 20 inspiring quotes about hitting the hay.

“Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” — Thomas Dekker

“Sleep is the best meditation.” — Dalai Lama

“Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Your future depends on your dreams, so go to sleep.” — Mesut Barazany

“A well spent day brings happy sleep.” — Leonardo da Vinci

“The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.” — E. Joseph Cossman

“It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.” — John Steinbeck

“No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.” — Carrie Snow

“True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.” — William Penn

“There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled.” — Edward Lucas

“There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.” — Homer

“The minute anyone’s getting anxious I say, ‘You must eat and you must sleep.’ They’re the two vital elements for a healthy life.” — Francesca Annis

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” — Irish proverb

“Fatigue is the best pillow.” — Benjamin Franklin

“Many things — such as loving, going to sleep, or behaving unaffectedly — are doen worst when we try hardest to do them.” — C.S. Lewis

“Anyone can escape into sleep. We are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher’s the poet’s equal there.” — Emile M. Cioran

“Even a soul submerged in sleep is hard at work and helps make something of the world.” — Heraclitus

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” — Benjamin Franklin

“End the day with gratitude. There is someone, somewhere that has less than you.” — Zig Ziglar

“Happiness consists of getting enough sleep. Just that, nothing more.” — Robert A. Heinlein

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10 Quotes About Insomnia

If you’re one of the 1 in 3 people who suffers with insomnia, you know all too well the misery of staring at the clock while you try to talk your brain into shutting off for the night.

You might also be surprised to know you’re in good company. From famous authors and musicians to comedians and politicians, there are a lot more insomniacs than you might realize. Here’s what they have to say about fighting to get to sleep.

“There are twelve hours in the day, and above fifty in the night.” — Marie de Rabutin-Chantal

“A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.” — Charlotte Brontë

“If a man had as many ideas during the day as he does when he has insomnia, he’d make a fortune.” — Griff Niblack

“The only time I have problems is when I sleep.” — Tupac Shakur

“The worst thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Not being able to sleep is terrible. You have the misery of having partied all night… without the satisfaction.” — Lynn Johnston

“The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world.” — Leonard Cohen

“If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.” — Dale Carnegie

“Don’t fight with the pillow, but lay down your head, and kick every worriment out of the bed.” — Edmund Vance Cooke

“Insomnia is a glamorous term for thoughts you forgot to have in the day.” — Alain de Botton 

20 Funny Sleep Quotes

Sleep might not seem like a funny subject, but it can be pretty hilarious. Here are 20 sleep quotes about the funny side of sleep. 

“I love sleep. My life has a tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” — Ernest Hemingway

“Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.” — Anthony Burgess

“A kid will run any errand for you if you ask at bedtime.” — Red Skelton

“A day without a nap is like a cupcake without frosting.” — Terri Guillemets

“Without enough sleep, we all become tall two-year-olds.” — JoJo Jensen

“The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more.” — Wilson Mizener

“If you’re going to do something tonight that you’ll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late.” — Henry Youngman

“There is no sunrise so beautiful that it is worth waking me up to see it.” — Mindy Kaling

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“Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.” — Albert Camus

“The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.” — W.C. Fields

“Sleep when your baby sleeps. Everyone knows this classic tip, but I say why stop there? Scream when your baby screams. Take Benadryl when your baby takes Benadryl. And walk around pantsless when your baby walks around pantsless.” — Tina Fey

“Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night.” — Charles Fisher

“No wonder Sleeping Beauty looked so good...she took long naps, never got old, and didn’t have to do anything but snore to get her Prince Charming.” — Olive Green

“I think sleeping was my problem in school. If school had started at four in the afternoon, I’d be a college graduate today.” — George Foreman

“Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.” — Dave Barry

“Once you wake up and smell the coffee, it’s hard to go back to sleep.” — Fran Drescher

“My biggest parenting conundrum: Why is it so hard to put someone who is already sleepy to sleep.” — Chrissy Teigen

“Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.” — Phyllis Diller

“I came from a big family. As a matter of fact, I never got to sleep alone until I was married.” — Lewis Grizzard

“People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one.” — Leo J. Burke

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