Quotes About Sleeping

There are a few giant companies that I love, and I love Amazon. Their customer service is impeccable: sometimes, just for the hell of it, I’ll sleep on a mattress for three years and return it.

— Albert Brooks

Read everything. Write all the time. And if you can do anything else that gives you equal pleasure and allows you to sleep soundly at night, do that instead. The writing life is an odd one, to say the least.

— Alice McDermott

Events that are predestined require but little management. They manage themselves. They slip into place while we sleep, and suddenly we are aware that the thing we fear to attempt, is already accomplished.

— Amelia Barr

I don’t think anyone in that Roc Nation office gets eight hours of sleep I highly doubt it. They’re constantly working, and they’re on top of everything, and they have a department for everything.

— Andre Ward

I don’t sleep well. I’m a very nervous – by my nature – anxious, almost paranoid person and reporter.

— Andrew Ross Sorkin

Studies have shown that people who are physically active sleep better than those who are sedentary. The more energy you expend during the day, the sleepier you will feel at bedtime.

— Andrew Weil

If you have difficulty sleeping or are not getting enough sleep or sleep of good quality, you need to learn the basics of sleep hygiene, make appropriate changes, and possibly consult a sleep expert.

— Andrew Weil

Shorter daylight hours can affect sleep, productivity and state of mind. Light therapy, also known as phototherapy, may help. It uses light boxes emitting full-spectrum light to simulate sunlight.

— Andrew Weil

I was so obsessed by this problem that I was thinking about it all the time – when I woke up in the morning, when I went to sleep at night – and that went on for eight years.

— Andrew Wiles

I think that the biggest beauty essential is as simple as a good, full night’s sleep.

— Angela Kinsey

Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.

— Anthony Burgess

I have no trouble with my sleep, but the amount I have varies from four to eight hours, depending on my schedule.

— Anton du Beke

Don’t sleep too much. If you sleep three hours less each night for a year, you will have an extra month and a half to succeed in.

— Aristotle Onassis

The first pet I remember was a cat called Baby. She would sleep with me, and I could call her from anywhere, and she would come running.

— Ashton Eaton

The Egyptians saw the sun and called him Ra, the Sun God. He rode across the sky in his chariot until it was time to sleep. Copernicus and Galileo proved otherwise, and poor Ra lost his divinity.

— Ashwin Sanghi

For me, one of the important things about keeping vocally healthy is warming up and making sure I’m aware where my voice is at, drinking lots of water and getting plenty of sleep, and just taking care of myself with exercise and eating healthy.

— Adam Lambert

I sing seriously to my mom on the phone. To put her to sleep, I have to sing ‘Maria’ from West Side Story. When I hear her snoring, I hang up.

— Adam Sandler

I’m not great at bedtime stories. Bedtime stories are supposed to put the kid to sleep. My kid gets riled up and then my wife has to come in and go, ‘All right! Get out of the room.’

— Adam Sandler

You know, when you don’t go on TV and talk about how many women you sleep with, some people in Hollywood, that are supposedly ‘in the know,’ start whispering that you’re gay. If I were gay, I wouldn’t be ashamed to admit it, but I’m not.

— Adam Sandler

He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.

— Aeschylus

Strangely, nothing makes me feel tired, fatigued, at all. I’ve gone days and nights without sleep, and still the mind is in such a positive space it just doesn’t make you feel fatigued.

— Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

I used to not want to die in any way but in my sleep when I was a young man. I’d like to die awake now, if possible, with people around me who love me.

— Alan Alda

That we are not much sicker and much madder than we are is due exclusively to that most blessed and blessing of all natural graces, sleep.

— Aldous Huxley

We must never forget why we have, and why we need our military. Our armed forces exist solely to ensure our nation is safe, so that each and every one of us can sleep soundly at night, knowing we have ‘guardians at the gate.’

— Allen West

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.

— Anatole France

The poor have to labour in the face of the majestic equality of the law, which forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.

— Anatole France

I’m a big sleep guy. I think my schedule sorta starts with sleep and making sure I get enough of it. I’m an eight-plus hours guy. I would love to sleep more. I definitely try to create a routine and not stray from that routine at all, but I will take advantage of having an off-morning. And I really have become a fan of the 20-minute catnap.

— Andrew Luck

Whether I’m on or off the field, I know the importance of getting enough sleep and starting the day with a wholesome breakfast like oatmeal made with milk and fruit.

— Andrew Luck

Normally I sleep for 9, 10 hours a night.

— Andy Murray

I suppose I have a really loose interpretation of ‘work’, because I think that just being alive is so much work at something you don’t always want to do. The machinery is always going. Even when you sleep.

— Andy Warhol

They’re right to think that about me, because I’m the person most likely to sleep with my female fans, I genuinely love other women. And I think they know that.

— Angelina Jolie

Maybe you don’t like your job, maybe you didn’t get enough sleep, well nobody likes their job, nobody got enough sleep. Maybe you just had the worst day of your life, but you know, there’s no escape, there’s no excuse, so just suck up and be nice.

— Ani DiFranco

For sleep, one needs endless depths of blackness to sink into daylight is too shallow, it will not cover one.

— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

We learn much during our sleep, and the knowledge thus gained slowly filters into the physical brain, and is occasionally impressed upon it as a vivid and illuminative dream.

— Annie Besant

My brain and body and nervous system, they see a plane ride, a long plane trip, as an opportunity to sleep with nothing coming in, nothing to do. I just go offline the minute I’m on the plane.

— Anthony Bourdain

I’ll get seven hours sleep a night, but after breakfast, I’ll have an hour just resting, to recover. In Spain they all have siestas, even businessmen.

— Anthony Joshua

Sleep is the interest we have to pay on the capital which is called in at death and the higher the rate of interest and the more regularly it is paid, the further the date of redemption is postponed.

— Arthur Schopenhauer

I eat, sleep, and drink my character. It is my fantasy to go to another planet.

— Ace Frehley

What happened to me is I gained a little weight so I could be more accessible to people. They’re not like, ‘Oh my God, he’s, like, a male model comedian yuck, ugh.’ It’s like, ‘Oh, he’s a little squishy He’s like me. He’s accessible.’ And girls are like, ‘Look how cuddly he is. I just want to cuddle up in his neck fat and go to sleep.’

— Adam DeVine

If you never lie to yourself, you’ll always be happy with yourself, and eventually the person you wake up with and the person you go to sleep with is yourself.

— Afrojack

Besides regular exercising, one should also take care of his or her daily habits such as adequate sleep and drinking lots of water.

— Akkineni Nagarjuna

In order to have skin that glows and looks healthy and actually is healthy, you need to look at the whole picture and have a holistic approach to it. A lot of it is exercising regularly, drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, and keeping stress down.

— Allison Williams

Some parents let their kids sleep at other people’s houses, where they drink alcohol, watch TV for hours and God knows what else. But if you say you have to get all A’s and practice the violin for two hours, then they consider that abusive. That upsets me.

— Amy Chua

I can write for any magazine now, in any voice. I can do it in two hours, I could do it in my sleep, it’s like writing a grocery list.

— Ann Patchett

When you’re on the road a lot, you’re in perpetual search of a good night’s sleep.

— Artie Lange

Sometimes I can’t sleep ’cause I can’t get a melody or a beat out my head, so I just have to wake up and, like, record it on a voice note.

— ASAP Ferg

Yu Na Kim, Mao Asada, Carolina Kostner – all these girls can do triple-triples in their sleep, and they have the skating skills and the spins and the rest of the technical jumps. So I have to have that as well if I want to be able to call myself ‘competitive’ against them. And when I say ‘competitive,’ I mean I want to win.

— Ashley Wagner

If there is any way you can get colder than you do when you sleep in a bedding roll on the ground in a tent in southern Tunisia two hours before dawn, I don’t know about it.

— A. J. Liebling

They think my life is glamourous. It’s not true. I obviously get to come in and do radio interviews. That’s the glamour. But other than that, I eat and sleep and that’s it. Eat, sleep and do shows.

— Adam Garcia

I got to see Jack White. I love his new album. There’s a song on the album called ‘I Think I Should Go to Sleep’ that my son loves. We play it on a loop around the house, and he just bounces around.

— Adam Pally

I try to get away from the pits as quickly as I can. I speak to my engineer when I get out of the car, usually there’s some press to do, then I will go off and have a shower and get my dry, clean overalls and clothing on. I’ll have a massage, stretch and something to eat. I don’t sleep, but I try to close my eyes for a while.

— Allan McNish

Standards are a little crazy these days. I think that, when you go to sleep, as long as you’re happy with the way you are and the way you look, that’s the most important thing. I think it’s an internal thing. As long as you feel good with who you are and comfortable with what you’re wearing, but not if that’s the most important thing.

— Ashlee Simpson

I couldn’t sleep for nights on end, as my brain felt like there were thoughts colliding within it I obsessed over small details, from saving pennies and polishing each one of them to washing my clothing over and over in the washing machine.

— Andy Behrman

Most nights, I’m good for only four or five hours of sleep. That leaves the other 20. I have to fill them some way.

— Andy Behrman

Being a mother gives you an incredible feeling of empowerment, you think if I can go through such pain and that level of sleep and still operate and not be grumpy you can do anything. It can be quite scary, you can’t function your brain, forget your vocabulary.

— Anna Friel

As I understand I took most so-called democratic states about 200 years on average to build their democracies. That is why, when we go to sleep under totalitarian rule and wake up in a democracy, it makes me laugh.

— Aleksandr Lebed

If you are a lawyer, and you want to take on easier cases, you can prosecute traffic violations or something. You’d have a very high rate of success, and you probably could sleep more easily at night. But that’s not what drives me.

— Amal Clooney

Unlike in my young days I’m not able to eat, drink and sleep tennis.

— Amelie Mauresmo

The cure until the late 1940s, when there was an antibiotic discovered for tuberculosis, was basically rest. It was fresh, cold air, lots of food – five meals a day, lots of sleep, not very much talking, and for some people, complete stillness.

— Andrea Barrett

I just do these ‘Sleep’ type tracks when the situation presents itself. I never set out to do them, like wait all day until I’m really tired or something. Gotta come natural.

— Aaron Funk

The tracks on ‘Sleep’ were recorded live to 2-track. I did a fadeout or two of them, but that’s really it.

— Aaron Funk

I had a migraine for about seven or eight straight days, and I was unable to sleep most nights.

— April Winchell

His insomnia was so bad, he couldn’t sleep during office hours.

— Arthur Baer

What I really wanted to know, though, was what it was like to be a geisha? Where do you sleep? What do you eat? How do you have your hair done?

— Arthur Golden

I was a very special child. I did stand-up comedy. I did it all. My family didn’t understand. ‘Aren’t you tired?’ I’m like, ‘No.’ I’m like an insomniac, I hardly sleep, I’m always on the move.

— Alessandra Torresani

Miss Fontanne and I rehearse all the time. Even after we leave the theater, we rehearse. We sleep in the same bed. We have a script on our hands when we go to bed. You can’t come and tell us to stop rehearsing after eight hours.

— Alfred Lunt

I sleep till one, and I’m always surprised when someone in blue rinse on a talk show says, ‘You’re a genius, Mr. Newley, you do so many things.’ Tony Newley never realized his potential, did the things he should have done.

— Anthony Newley

When you have a new baby, you can get really overwhelmed, since it’s such a huge responsibility. You’re thrilled to be a mom, but your sleep schedule is so thrown off and it can be scary if you don’t have a good support system.

— Amy Locane

When I play a villain, I usually get home and sleep straight through the night. It’s physically and emotionally draining.

— Ana Layevska

When I do eventually drop, I pray to God that it’ll happen in one of three ways. Firstly, on stage or leaving the stage, then secondly in my sleep. And the third way? You’ll have to figure that out for yourself!

— B. B. King

Turn resolutely to work, to recreation, or in any case to physical exercise till you are so tired you can’t help going to sleep, and when you wake up you won’t want to worry.

— B. C. Forbes

Wait for those unguarded moments. Relax the mood and, like the child dropping off to sleep, the subject often reveals his truest self.

— Barbara Walters

I feel like there is always something trying to pull us back into sleep, that there is this sort of seductive quality in all the hedonistic pleasures that pull on us.

— bell hooks

Sleep more at night. If it’s allowed at work or home, take a nap in the afternoon. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel.

— Ben Stein

When I seemed to be irritable or sad, my father would quote the learned Dr. Knight, and then say, ‘Just go to sleep.’ Like all smart aleck kids, I thought the advice was silly. But as I’ve grown older, I’ve realized just how smart Knight was.

— Ben Stein

It is so great to sleep in safe, glorious, beautiful America. I just cannot get over it.

— Ben Stein

If you think about evolution, sleep, at some time, was a dangerous undertaking. You lie down in your cave or shelter, and along comes a predator and has you for dinner. Many creatures do not sleep or sleep while standing so they can escape from dangerous situations.

— Bernie Siegel

Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.

— Bertrand Russell

I don’t seem to require a lot of sleep. I just – if I get four, five good hours, I’m fine. But sleeping is sort of dull. There’s a lot of other good stuff that you can do without just lying down and closing your eyes.

— Betty White

I get sick all the time because I get no rest and sleep, but it’s definitely worth it.

— Big Sean

I never worry that I’ll die in my sleep, because I’m never asleep!

— Billy Crystal

If you said ‘Boo’ to me, I wouldn’t sleep for two weeks! I don’t like scary movies.

— Bindi Irwin

I change during the course of a day. I wake and I’m one person, and when I go to sleep I know for certain I’m somebody else.

— Bob Dylan

I’m not sure what a conservative is. I don’t know whether a conservative is a guy that goes to bed too early or maybe doesn’t sleep long enough or just what the hell he might be. I don’t know. Maybe he’s a guy that – you know, he just wants to be real quiet.

— Bobby Knight

How blessed are some people, whose lives have no fears, no dreads to whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly, and brings nothing but sweet dreams.

— Bram Stoker

I don’t really relax. When I sleep, I relax.

— Bryan Cranston

The show girls do, like, 12 shows a day. I only did one or two shows a day, and I was like, ‘I need to go to sleep.’

— Bella Hadid

I literally order sushi, watch ‘Law & Order,’ and go to sleep at 9 o’clock every night. I’m a grandmother.

— Bella Hadid

My mother gets all mad at me if I stay in a hotel. I’m 31-years-old, and I don’t want to sleep on a sleeping bag down in the basement. It’s humiliating.

— Ben Affleck

Next door, there’s an old man who lived to his nineties and one day passed away in his sleep. And his wife, she stayed for a couple of days and passed away. I’m sorry, I know that’s a strange way to tell you that I know we belong.

— Ben Folds

You know, in the beginning when your first payroll comes up and you have to borrow money to meet the payroll, you lose sleep the night before, and you say to yourself real fast, ‘Well, maybe I should keep working a couple more years. It’s sobering.

— Bill Kurtis

During the week my alarm wakes me up at 6 A.M., so the latest I can sleep on Saturdays is about 7 A.M.

— Bobbi Brown

I have three kids and a wife, and any moments that aren’t dedicated to working on this film in some way, or family, are immediately reserved for sleep.

— Brad Bird

I’m a light sleeper, but so long as I’m wearing earplugs, I sleep well.

— Britt Ekland

I don’t sleep much. I’m on the go. My mind is racing. My wife says my mind is like the rolling dials on a slot machine. So, yeah, I think about everything.

— Bill Walton

As a comic, I’ve heard gunshots while I’m trying to get to sleep. I’ve performed where people wanted to do you harm after the show because of something you said.

— Billy Gardell

Your first pregnancy you have nothing to do except sleep and take care of yourself and go to prenatal yoga or whatever. Now I have a full-time job, I have a four-year-old, I’ve got a life that is demanding my attention, so I’ve gone to prenatal yoga once. It’s such a bummer.

— Busy Philipps

Some of my favorite pieces are from thrift shops. When I find something I really love, I live, work and sleep in it.

— Barry McGee

At midnight every night, I would methodically leave the house for a couple hours’ walk, come back in, and record. And then the sun came up. If I had done something good, then I’d be happy and go to sleep.

— Bill Callahan

Obviously, I’m suffering from lack of sleep, but it truly is a blessing to be a mother.

— Bernard Lagat

So mightiest powers buy deepest calms are fed, And sleep, how oft, in things that gentlest be!

— Bryan Procter

When people visit me at autograph conventions and signings, they always say, ‘You just don’t know how you scared me!’ These people are grown up. They say, ‘When I was a kid, I just couldn’t sleep at night.’ Sometimes they will have babies with them. And they give me their babies, and they take pictures of me holding their baby.

— Betsy Palmer

There’s a lot of pain in my heart because what I accomplished was second to none. I’m not losing any sleep, but I do pay attention every year at this time.

— Bob Hayes

I always sleep on my own. I can’t sleep with somebody else. Always separate bedrooms, bathrooms and closets. I’m very individual and I want my own space.

— Bruno Tonioli

A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride.

— C. S. Lewis

I can’t sleep in the evenings. Most of the pictures people see of me are me going to work events: a Fendi dinner one night, a Prada dinner the next, and working all day.

— Cara Delevingne

It is very wrong to sleep in your make-up, but when you wake up the next morning, I think it looks very good.

— Carine Roitfeld

I sleep with a light on in the bathroom so I can see where I’m at, because I wake up and have no clue!

— Carrie Underwood

I’d sleep in a little, work out, do laundry, run errands, buy presents for people with birthdays coming up. I like it when I don’t have to be anywhere, and anything I do is my choice.

— Carrie Underwood

When I’m with my parents, that’s the place I can unplug. That’s the place I can shut down and not worry about work or what’s going on. I go home and hang out with them. I sleep more there than any place else ever.

— Carrie Underwood

After two kids, I hit the pillow and go straight to sleep.

— Cate Blanchett

The serpent, the king, the tiger, the stinging wasp, the small child, the dog owned by other people, and the fool: these seven ought not to be awakened from sleep.

— Chanakya

I think I’d have done better if I had been a little more relaxed-if I had not pressed quite so hard, if I’d not lost quite so much sleep.

— Charles Kuralt

Knowing that the time to sleep has come, the Lord sleeps, and does well in sleeping. Often, when we have been fretting and worrying, we should have glorified God far more had we literally gone to sleep.

— Charles Spurgeon

It will eventually be discovered that the more you sleep, the healthier you are. Which means you’ll really be at your healthiest when you pass away.

— Chevy Chase

I’m up all night, and then next thing you know, it’s the morning, and I’ll sleep, like, three hours. I’m a night owl. I’m usually in the studio at night working, and then I get home, I’m on my phone looking at Instagram pictures and buying stuff.

— Christina Milian

As long as I know that I give my best every time, I can sleep well knowing that.

— Ciara

You know, that’s the only good thing about divorce you get to sleep with your mother.

— Clare Boothe Luce

The night before a show, I don’t sleep. Really. I’ve been doing this for 30 years, and the night before a show, I still don’t sleep.

— Clarence Clemons

Let the poets cry themselves to sleep, and all their tearful words will turn back into steam.

— Conor Oberst

Control what you can control. Don’t lose sleep worrying about things that you don’t have control over because, at the end of the day, you still won’t have any control over them.

— Cam Newton

In college, you had to worry about that math class or this exam that’s coming up on Tuesday, but not in the professionals. You eat, sleep, and do everything related to your craft – and your craft is football. You can be at it from sunup to sundown.

— Cam Newton

I sleep completely naked to make me believe you are here, but when I wake up it is not the same thing. Most of all, don’t deceive me with other women any more.

— Camille Claudel

I sleep better on the road than I do at home. I’m used to sleeping in a million different hotels. I’m not home very often, so when I get home, I have things I want to do.

— Carli Lloyd

Of course, I would be depressed sometimes, and my Mom would be worried about me because I would just sleep to escape. Cause I was so scared of being a musician or artist, or whatever you want to call it.

— Chantal Kreviazuk

Making sleep happen is a must – anytime, anywhere, from a plane to a train to an automobile. Ideally, I like to get eight to ten hours a night, though I’ll take it broken up in two segments if I have to.

— Chantal Kreviazuk

I really enjoyed staying at an encampment at the top of a hill in the Samburu Reserve in Kenya. You reach it on a small plane there is no electricity, no city noises and you sleep and shower under the Milky Way, with moths fluttering around a kerosene lamp, knowing that there are elephants and lions roaming free in the valley.

— Cherie Lunghi

You have a couple of buddies sleep over, and, you know, you play cops and robbers. That I’m getting paid to do it now is kind of funny.

— Chris O’Donnell

I can’t sleep without the TV on, so we leave it on during the night, and that’s what wakes me up – Joe Scarborough and ‘Morning Joe’ at 7:30 or 8.

— Chrissy Teigen

I’ll go out, but I leave early, before the shenanigans. I don’t really do the Hollywood party thing. I’d rather watch sports or play videogames or work out or sleep, to be totally honest.

— Cory Monteith

Traditionally, wake-up calls are meant to wake you up rather than send you to sleep: the clue is in the wording. But those who talk of wake-up calls tend to have an easy-going way with words.

— Craig Brown

If you do one thing a day, make it a headstand. It’s the king of all postures and has so many benefits. It helps me sleep better and focus.

— Christy Turlington

I work very deliberately, with a plan. But sometimes I come to a point that I planned as the end and it needs softening. Ending a novel is almost like putting a child to sleep – it can’t be done abruptly.

— Colm Toibin

When I got to New York, I had no place to sleep. The pay from ‘Sesame Street’ wasn’t enough to rent an apartment. I was staying on people’s couches. I stayed in the dressing room until they found out. I stayed with Jim Henson and his family for a week, and I wanted to do that permanently. I didn’t dare ask, though.

— Caroll Spinney

I bounce off four walls, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, because I only sleep those four hours a day.

— Casper Van Dien

I really rely on sleep, and some people call me ‘The Bear’ for my hibernating.

— Cate Campbell

I worked with Seann William Scott on ‘Role Models,’ and his arms are tatted up. He had to come to set an hour-and-a-half early to get them covered. It’s not worth it. I want that extra hour of sleep.

— Christopher Mintz-Plasse

I think I’m still trying to find my feet as an actor. And I know it ain’t brain surgery, but it confuses me and it comes between me and my sleep a lot.

— Colin Farrell

I get as much sleep as possible. When I get home, I have just enough energy to lay out my clothes and go to bed.

— Constance Marie

I have to have eight hours a night. I feel that everything falls apart if you don’t sleep. If I spend four hours memorizing dialogue but don’t sleep, then the next day I will not be able to stand in front of the camera and say my lines. For me, sleep is the number one thing.

— Cote de Pablo

I am an athlete, and I focus more on the issues that concern me: training, perform, eat, sleep.

— Caster Semenya

I feel like you become a songwriter when you claim that it’s sort of like a switch flipped, and you’re always writing. Even in your sleep, you’re always thinking about it in the back of your mind. The true writing – when you’re officially writing – that’s just when its front of mind, but its always there. You’re always listening for a hook.

— Charlie Worsham

I don’t have any weird night rituals. I definitely am a ritualistic person… I like to go downstairs and remind my roommate-drummer not to practice early the next morning, so I can sleep in.

— Charlie Worsham

Anything I do with Team Sleep, I’d do with Deftones as well.

— Chino Moreno

Even though I need only two or three hours’ sleep a night, there are never enough hours in the day.

— Celia Hammond

Because I like to think, I find it difficult to sleep, and because I find it difficult to sleep, I think.

— Ciputra

I think sleep is just the most important thing. I think most New Yorkers, especially, don’t get enough sleep.

— Chelsea Leyland

Sleep is the real beauty secret, but I don’t get enough of that.

— Chelsea Leyland

Sleep is a reward for some, a punishment for others. For all, it is a sanction.

— Comte de Lautreamont

I don’t care how late it is, I will not go to sleep without washing my face.

— Christine Lakin

Even when I’m tired, when I come home and think about catching up on my sleep, I’d rather stay up and hold my daughters.

— Charlie Haas

Whether you make the most of an opportunity depends on if you are prepared. Learn your craft, every aspect of it. Eat it, drink it, sleep it, then when you are the most prepared, you can make the most of it.

— Christopher Judge

The world of men is dreaming, it has gone mad in its sleep, and a snake is strangling it, but it can’t wake up.

— D. H. Lawrence

I was able to do To Sleep with Anger, a very powerful film about African Americans, their spirituality, and the things that happened within a small community and a family.

— Danny Glover

It’s tough to go to sleep at night, and I wake up after five hours because I feel like I’m wasting time. I just sit up at night and think about what I can do next.

— Dave Grohl

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

I think I’m a narcoleptic. I could sleep on a railway track with a train running over me, in-between the rails.

— Dan Aykroyd

Being healthy is a complete lifestyle for me. It allows my brain to function at a very high degree so I can comprehend all the new things that are thrown at me. It also allows me to sleep well so that I am rested when I need to perform. Finally, being healthy will hopefully allow me to live a long and fun-filled life.

— Derrick Rose

I usually get up at 3 A.M. I don’t require a lot of sleep, and if I get tired, I’ll take a powernap during the day.

— Dolly Parton

When you happy, you get locked in sleep. You get sleepy happy. I always wanna be on point. I always wanna be aware.

— DMX

I’ve gone seventy-nine hours without sleep, creating. When that flow is going, it’s almost like a high. You don’t want it to stop. You don’t want to go to sleep for fear of missing something.

— Dr. Dre

It’s not just about acting. I love film, I’m a director now, I love writing, I love producing, I love having a company that makes films and to be prolific and have a place to put all the ideas that are constantly bubbling up inside of me and that don’t let me sleep at night.

— Drew Barrymore

The hardest thing is to go to sleep at night, when there are so many urgent things needing to be done. A huge gap exists between what we know is possible with today’s machines and what we have so far been able to finish.

— Donald Knuth

I feel like sleep is the most important thing. I notice in my body, when I don’t get enough sleep on a consistent basis, how I am dreary, or my mood changes, or I’m not as focused.

— D’Brickashaw Ferguson

You know what it’s like to feel anxious – it’s horrible feeling anxious. It’s stressful having that feeling, having butterflies in your stomach, even for a day, and you don’t sleep at night.

— Damian Lewis

I record all night and sleep all day. It started because you’re excited about the music and you want to stay up longer, but over 15 years, it’s become a habit. In my circle, I think a lot of musicians operate like this. When the place is quiet, you’re more creative. I have plenty of people I can call at 4 A.M. and know they’ll be up.

— Damian Marley

I usually try to eat in my restaurants before I fly, as I’d rather sleep on the plane and just order a salad with cheese, maybe some ice cream.

— Daniel Boulud

It’s a matter of priorities. Do you want to win, or would you like to sleep? Do you want to win, or would you like to take a day off?

— David Boies

In the future, when Microsoft leaves a security-flaw in their code it won’t mean that somebody hacks your computer. It will mean that somebody takes control of your servant robot and it stands in your bedroom doorway sharpening a knife and watching you sleep.

— Daniel H. Wilson

No one wants to know I set my alarm and get up 8, but I think it’s too weird to sleep in too late.

— David Spade

I wear sunscreen every single day – I just don’t go out of the house without it. I also try to get enough sleep, eat as healthy as I can and keep hydrated. I have very sensitive skin, and depending on what products are used on a shoot, my skin can break out in an instant.

— Dylan Penn

If I ever went, I’d want to go peacefully in my sleep. I wouldn’t want to plan my own death.

— Dustin Diamond

In the Middle East in the summertime, to keep cool, a lot of people sleep on the rooftops.

— Daron Malakian

Ever tried to get sleep in a hospital? Ever wonder if anyone even taught them what care is? Some hospitals are great, but some sure aren’t.

— Dave deBronkart

Much in the way Olympic athletes optimize their game by paying an enormous – borderline maniacal – amount of attention to things like diet, exercise, sleep, and of course the essential R&R, we all would do well to pay more attention to those key aspects of our lives that comprise our overall health equation.

— David Agus

I find I often just fall into a stone-like sleep, right in the middle of the day, just sort of clonk. I can’t work for extended periods when I’m beginning something. But if I’m at the end of something, I can work on for hours and hours and hours.

— Deborah Eisenberg

With a new baby, you have a bad day now and again because you’re particularly tired, but most of the time, you’re fine. You spend a lot of your time trying to figure out how you can get more sleep, but really, you’re better off just giving up and admitting that you’re not going to, so forget about it.

— Deirdre O’Kane

Before he went to sleep, I told him a little story about a rabbit we saw run around the beach house we rented.

— Dick Bruna

If you can’t eat it, can’t sleep under it, can’t wear it or make something from it, it’s not worth anything.

— Don Young

The day I pitched, I would drink either ’cause I was celebrating or I lost and couldn’t sleep.

— Dwight Gooden

Typically, when you have a depressed individual, they feel hopeless. They feel miserable. Their mind is racing, their heart is pounding. They feel anxious. They feel exhausted yet they can’t sleep.

— Dale Archer

As I look back on the day I signed my professional contract in 1973, I’ve never gone to sleep wondering if I could pay the bills or take care of my family. That’s what basketball has done for me. It’s given me the greatest of thrills from high school to college to the Olympics to coaching to broadcasting.

— Doug Collins

I didn’t come out until 5 or 6 o’clock in the evening. Sleep all day, sleep and cook and eat, stay in the house. That sun is hot, anyway. It ain’t right out there.

— David Edwards

I like to be very consistent with workouts and getting a good amount of sleep. I’ve really been enjoying Pilates lately. It’s actually really tough to fit in my schedule, but if I can get in a workout three times a week while we’re shooting, that feels right. Any more seems to deplete my energy.

— Darby Stanchfield

When I get ready for a high-profile event, it’s really about sleep and making sure I’m eating something healthy, and then it’s always important to stretch to stay limber. No matter what, you want to feel as loose as possible, because it’s easy to get full of excitement or tension with all that’s going on.

— Darby Stanchfield

I used to sleep in the T-shirt I wore during the day and whatever ratty old gym shorts I could find on the floor. But one year for Christmas, someone gave me a very chic, comfortable pair of pajamas from Brooks Brothers, and I realized the error of my ways.

— Derek Blasberg

It’s funny because before I joined the cast of ‘Heroes,’ I was an insomniac. I have suffered from insomnia for, like, so long. Now that I’m on the show, seriously – I sleep like a baby. I’m so tired all the time.

— Dana Davis

I never used to sleep much. I think we all go through a bit of a time like that where we rage about. If we don’t, I don’t think you’ve ever really lived.

— Diane Cilento

It turns out that the ‘Cry It Out’ method of baby sleep training, where you ignore that your kid is screaming, crying and turning 40 shades of purple so that she can break herself out of the habit of being spoiled and cuddled to sleep, does more harm – way more – than good.

— Denene Millner

That’s one thing people don’t know about me – I eat in my sleep. I can’t keep things in the house I literally have in my refrigerator water, coconut water, orange juice, hemp milk and like, tea bags. And that’s really it. Because I eat in my sleep.

— Denise Vasi

My parents were very, very strict parents, and they were not used to this new, you know, American custom of letting your children sleep in someone else’s house.

— Elaine Chao

We have two dogs, Mabel and Wolf, and three cats at home, Charlie, George and Chairman. We have two cats on our farm, Tom and Little Sister, two horses, and two mini horses, Hannah and Tricky. We also have two cows, Holy and Madonna. And those are only the animals we let sleep in our bed.

— Ellen DeGeneres

I know that every time I list something that I am, I am potentially alienating a whole group of people. Publicists and managers will encourage you not to say what political party you belong to, what you eat, what you don’t eat, who you sleep with and all that stuff.

— Ellen DeGeneres

I work hard, I work late, I have nothing on my conscience. When I go to bed, I sleep.

— Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher’s the poet’s equal there.

— Emile M. Cioran

I sleep the best in my own bed, which is too bad because I’m not sleeping in my bed enough.

— Emily Ratajkowski

Portia and I constantly say to each other, ‘We are so lucky.’ Sometimes it’s lying in bed at night before I go to sleep, and I just say thank you to whatever, whoever is out there.

— Ellen DeGeneres

I don’t sleep much. It takes me a long time to fall asleep. I’m a bit of an insomniac but, when I fall asleep, I don’t ever want to wake up.

— Enrique Iglesias

The biggest difference between L.A. and my hometown in Georgia is when Georgia goes to sleep, L.A. wakes up. So, like, in LaGrange, when people are going to sleep at 10, 11 to get up in the morning, we’re just getting dressed to go out.

— Elijah Kelley

The stoic drama ‘A Somewhat Gentle Man’ is photographed in a palate of steel gray tones that match Stellan Skarsgard’s complexion. It’s a low-blood-pressure version of the kind of thing James M. Cain used to do in his sleep, and its filmmaking accomplishment is as minimalist as its narrative ambition is minimal.

— Elvis Mitchell

I get enough sleep. I take very good care of myself. Growing up as a dancer, you know your body so well, you know what to do to overcome something.

— Elizabeth Berkley

I’m afraid to go to sleep I don’t like to lose control of myself. I don’t like chauffeurs, either. I like to be in charge of my own destiny.

— Eileen Ford

O sleep, O gentle sleep,’ I thought gratefully, ‘Nature’s soft nurse!’

— Elizabeth Kenny

No other creatures of the savannah sleep as deeply or as soundly as lions, but after all, lions are the main reason for not sleeping soundly.

— Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

Sometimes when I’m going to sleep, I think, ‘Oh God, my future husband is out there somewhere and I might know him, or I might not, and I wonder what he’s doing and I wonder if he knows me.’ I just always think that’s so fascinating, that even when you were two years old, your future husband was out there somewhere.

— Emma Roberts

If I sleep for more than half an hour, I get horrible dreams in which I’m firing a gun and helicopters are coming down.

— Emmanuel Jal

I actually have a little routine I do before every shoot. I put a face mask on before bed and make sure I go to sleep early. Then, I get up early and make myself breakfast and get in a workout.

— Erin Heatherton

If I feel in need of sleep, I just open a book or turn on the television. Both are better than any sleeping pill.

— Ethel Merman

I’m lucky, I can sleep from takeoff until we land so I’m fresh, rested and ready to work on arrival.

— Eva Herzigova

Nice guys finish last, but we get to sleep in.

— Evan Davis

Sleep – death without dying – living, but not life.

— Edwin Arnold

Had I been in Toronto, I would certainly have been killed in this attack. In the room where I normally sleep, the flames and the smoke and the soot is such that the gases would have killed me.

— Ernst Zundel

I sleep in peace, even if only in the company of lice, behind bars. The same could not be said of my incarcerators though they sleep in warm beds, next to their wives, in their homes.

— Eskinder Nega

If I manage to get seven hours’ sleep, I’m a pretty good parent.

— Ed Stoppard

I loved her. I still love her, though I curse her in my sleep, so nearly one are love and hate, the two most powerful and devasting emotions that control man, nations, life.

— Edgar Rice Burroughs

In times of life crisis, whether wild fires or smoldering stress, the first thing I do is go back to basics… am I eating right, am I getting enough sleep, am I getting some physical and mental exercise everyday.

— Edward Albert

I sleep five or six hours a night, then crash at the weekend. I’m learning to eat properly and exercise. I relax by watching silly sitcoms like ‘Scrubs’ and ‘How I Met Your Mother.’

— Elise Andrew

My heart burnt within me with indignation and grief we could think of nothing else. All night long we had only snatches of sleep, waking up perpetually to the sense of a great shock and grief. Every one is feeling the same. I never knew so universal a feeling.

— Elizabeth Gaskell

When I was young, I thought it was normal to go to sleep to the sounds of sirens. People on my block were in the biggest gang in the city. They were my close friends – they showed me the ropes, who to watch out for.

— Emily Rios

When my husband won the Palme d’Or in 2002, I wore the same dress two days in a row. My daughter said, ‘Mom! Did you sleep in your dress?’ But I think it’s cool to wear the same thing. I have to feel comfortable.

— Emmanuelle Seigner

I lost my sleep, and this is the greatest tragedy that can befall someone. It is much worse than sitting in prison.

— Emil Cioran

When I was little, I was actually really shy. I really enjoyed doing school plays, but I found the whole thing terrifying. I cried myself to sleep once because I thought my teacher was going to give me the lead role. I never imagined acting was a viable career.

— Emily Berrington

The condition of sleep is profoundly contradictory. It is a precious good… but it is a good like none other, because to obtain it, one must seemingly give up the imperative to have it.

— Emily Martin

From morning when I wake up until I go to sleep, I am working. I go to bed and I want to switch off, but the brain doesn’t switch off.

— Frank Lowy

I’m terrified of bugs and I travel with sprays, lotions, potions the lot. I have to check the room before I go to sleep and if I come across a bug and fail to remove it I have to sleep in a separate room as I’m paranoid that I’ll be taken advantage of as I sleep.

— Freema Agyeman

Most people imagine music playing in their heads, but some hallucinate music some cannot sleep because of the soundtrack in their mind.

— Floyd Skloot

Once you wake up and smell the coffee, it’s hard to go back to sleep.

— Fran Drescher

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

Eat well and sleep well. That will feed your nervous system and your psyche. As you get older, you look how you feel.

— Francesca Annis

I’ve never told anyone this before, but I’m an obsessive-compulsive. I go back to my hotel room every evening and put the coat hangers back in order and open my bag and rearrange it. It takes a lot of my time, but if I don’t do it I can’t sleep.

— Freida Pinto

The more I read about feeding times, sleep times and waking-up times, the more inadequate and miserable I felt.

— Gail Porter

As a kid, I used to love to play baseball and be in Little League and sleep outside with my friends and do all those kind of things.

— Gary Wright

I think my character’s getting to the point where he can’t even eat spaghetti with red sauce anymore, where he has horrible nightmares, he can’t sleep anymore.

— George Eads

My kids started school, so having a strong base in Melbourne has been a key priority. I’m not daunted by the travel. People say, ‘It’s so far to Australia,’ and I say, ‘You get on the plane, you eat well, you sleep, you wake up – and you’re there.’

— Geoffrey Rush

I really like Tracie Martyn beauty products for skin care. Take off your makeup before you go to sleep. Sometimes I forget, and it is always horrible when you wake up.

— Georgia May Jagger

Sometimes if I can’t sleep and I am up in the night, I will start researching things – it could be an image I’ve seen, or a book I am reading.

— Georgina Chapman

Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can’t sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can’t sleep with the window open.

— George Bernard Shaw

Life certainly points it out to you – ‘you can go this way or the other way.’ You have to decide and it’s a very strong decision because, would you sleep well knowing that you’re living in the best place, but you’re letting the place where you should live alone?

— Gael Garcia Bernal

I’m a big movie fan. After a show, if I’m on the bus or a plane, it’s often hard to get to sleep, so I’ll watch a film. An action film can even relax me.

— Garth Brooks

I don’t sleep all that much, but when I do, it’s sound.

— Gene Simmons

I was tired. I hadn’t slept eight hours in two, three years. I lived on four, five hours of sleep. You can do it during a campaign because thousands are screaming for you. You’re getting adrenaline shots each day. Then the campaign ends, and there are no more shots.

— George McGovern

If we sleep more than is needful for the refreshment of the body, it is wasting the time with which the Lord has entrusted us as a talent, to be used for his glory, for our own benefit, and the benefit of the saints and the unbelievers around us.

— George Muller

For a man who has done his natural duty, death is as natural as sleep.

— George Santayana

Touring is hard. It’s really hard on the singer, especially, because your body is your instrument and you have to be so good, it’s like boot camp out there I can’t do anything – just sleep, sing and be very healthy.

— Gloria Estefan

You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave – win or lose.

— Gordie Howe

Sydney in the 1960s wasn’t the exuberant multicultural metropolis it is today. Out in the city’s western reaches, days passed in a sun-struck stupor. In the evenings, families gathered on their verandas waiting for the ‘southerly buster’ – the thunderstorm that would break the heat and leave the air cool enough to allow sleep.

— Geraldine Brooks

The first moments of sleep are an image of death a hazy torpor grips our thoughts and it becomes impossible for us to determine the exact instant when the ‘I,’ under another form, continues the task of existence.

— Gerard De Nerval

I was warmed by the sun, rocked by the winds and sheltered by the trees as other Indian babes. I was living peaceably when people began to speak bad of me. Now I can eat well, sleep well and be glad. I can go everywhere with a good feeling.

— Geronimo

Science, like art, religion, commerce, warfare, and even sleep, is based on presuppositions.

— Gregory Bateson

The moment I finish ‘any’ book, my feels are pretty much the same. Goes a little something like this: It’s done? Whimper. Tears of joy. Oh, my back. Relief! Shower! Food! Sleep! Oh, my back. You mean I get to catch up on my favorite TV shows? Tears of joy. Oh, my back.

— Gena Showalter

Considering the regular use of make-up and the fact that I’m under the glare of the harsh shooting lights practically all the time, I’m adamant about using really strong cleansing milk to get the make-up off my skin, and I never sleep with make-up on, however tired I am.

— Genelia D’Souza

I have fed purely upon ale I have eat my ale, drank my ale, and I always sleep upon ale.

— George Farquhar

What does the truth matter? Haven’t we mothers all given our sons a taste for lies, lies which from the cradle upwards lull them, reassure them, send them to sleep: lies as soft and warm as a breast!

— Georges Bernanos

I am invariably of the politics of the people at whose table I sit, or beneath whose roof I sleep.

— George Borrow

I couldn’t live a week without a private library – indeed, I’d part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I’d let go of the 1500 or so books I possess.

— H. P. Lovecraft

A dog is a pitiful thing, depending wholly on companionship, and utterly lost except in packs or by the side of his master. Leave him alone, and he does not know what to do except bark and howl and trot about till sheer exhaustion forces him to sleep.

— H. P. Lovecraft

My dad would tell me bedtime stories, and he used to always leave them open-ended and finish at a crucial point with the words, ‘dream on’. Then it was my responsibility to finish the story as I was drifting off to sleep. We would call them dreaming stories.

— Hannah Kent

The first concert that my parents took me to was in this canyon in Saudi Arabia called Buttermilk Canyon. You sleep under the stars in the desert, and ex-pats – German, Swiss, Canadian, American – would play classical music that filled the whole canyon.

— Hannah Simone

When I have an argument with someone, even with someone I am not very close with, I can’t sleep at night thinking about it. It’s terrible. But I still manage speak out frankly because I have also been gifted with the ability to read people. I can sense when they start to get irritated with me, and then, I shift.

— Hans Rosling

I sleep as much as I want. I’ll sleep, like, 11 hours, unless I’m working. Sometimes I do feel like, ‘This is weird I should just get up so I can fit into the world.’ Then I’m like, ‘Why?’ I don’t have a nine-to-five job.

— Heather Graham

I definitely like not working sometimes. It’s so fun. I just love sleeping in. In America, everyone is driven to succeed and wake up and do something. But I don’t care. I want to sleep in. I want to relax. I don’t want to have to get up every day.

— Heather Graham

The ladder of success in Hollywood is usually a press agent, actor, director, producer, leading man and you are a star if you sleep with each of them in that order. Crude, but true.

— Hedy Lamarr

Sleep is lovely, death is better still, not to have been born is of course the miracle.

— Heinrich Heine

If we remained perpetually infatuated, we couldn’t eat, sleep or work.

— Helen Fisher

It was weird because I was pregnant, throughout that so it was weird being a pregnant witch. I was in a really bad mood but luckily, because I sleep with the director, he just sort of scheduled me so I only had to do it two nights.

— Helena Bonham Carter

Because I sleep with him he asked me to audition, you know?

— Helena Bonham Carter

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

— Henny Youngman

I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark.

— Henry David Thoreau

I spend several days at a time without enough sleep. At first, normal activities become annoying. When you are too tired to eat, you really need some sleep. A few days later, things become strange. Loud noises become louder and more startling, familiar sounds become unfamiliar, and life reinvents itself as a surrealist dream.

— Henry Rollins

We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning.

— Henry Ward Beecher

Everybody always talks about it, about how you don’t know love until you meet your baby, and you really feel that. There are no words. It was a really wonderful surprise. And there is no way to prepare yourself for the sleep deprivation and what comes with it.

— Hilary Duff

If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be.

— Hilary Mantel

At the end of a down day on Wall Street, we all need to be able to sleep peacefully at night. That comfort won’t come from our bank balance.

— Hill Harper

Meditation is all about the pursuit of nothingness. It’s like the ultimate rest. It’s better than the best sleep you’ve ever had. It’s a quieting of the mind. It sharpens everything, especially your appreciation of your surroundings. It keeps life fresh.

— Hugh Jackman

Being on Broadway is the modern equivalent of being a monk. I sleep a lot, eat a lot, and rest a lot.

— Hugh Jackman

The colored race saved to the noble women of New England and the middle States men on whom they lean today for security and safety. Many of my race, the representatives of these men on the field of battle, sleep in the countless graves of the South.

— Hiram Rhodes Revels

Music can be used against us as much as it can be used for us. Muzak can put a whole nation to sleep, whereas a lullaby is intended to put a child to sleep in a sweet way.

— Holly Near

There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.

— Homer

Even were sleep is concerned, too much is a bad thing.

— Homer

I am in an adolescence in reverse, as mysterious as the first, except that this time I feel it as a decay of the odds that I might live for a while, that I can sleep it off.

— Harold Brodkey

I am convinced that it is not the fear of death, of our lives ending that haunts our sleep so much as the fear… that as far as the world is concerned, we might as well never have lived.

— Harold Kushner

I’m not very good at going to sleep, and that’s probably my worst problem. I don’t need much more than seven and a half hours, but I probably get six. I take all my problems to bed with me and fret. I can’t switch off.

— Harriet Walter

I am always really buzzed after each performance, and at around one in the morning, I’ll hit a brick wall and need to sleep.

— Hattie Morahan

I can sleep anywhere! I can come off stage during the interval of a play, lie down for four minutes then wake up feeling better.

— Helen McCrory

As we abide in sleep, intuitively resonating with the sum of all our experiences – this life and beyond – we gain refreshing perspective on our efforts and have an opportunity to remember what we know.

— Henry Reed

An adult human can last 40 days without food, a week without any sleep, three days without water, but only five minutes without air. Yet nothing is more taken for granted than the air we breathe. However, not just any air will do – it must be exquisitely designed to meet our needs. Too little oxygen in the atmosphere will kill us, as will too much.

— Hugh Ross

I’ve been pretty lucky with neighbors. But back in 1998, I lived, like, literally next door to Wrigley Field in Chicago. And I had, like, 50,000 bad neighbors spread out over the course of one summer. I’m a diehard Cubs fan, but living right next to the ballpark, it’s just – as you’re trying to go to sleep, you can just, like, hear urination.

— Ike Barinholtz

I used to be someone that needed nine hours of sleep otherwise, I didn’t think I was going to sound good when I sang, and I was very disciplined and anal about my preparation. When you become a parent, there just isn’t that time, you know?

— Idina Menzel

Along with enough sleep and taking proper supplements, I steam – in my steam shower. I find it’s very healing, more than just your typical ‘tea and honey.’

— Idina Menzel

I’m terrified of writing at night, for then I can’t sleep. So I start slowly, slowly writing in the morning and go on into the late afternoon.

— Italo Calvino

I love to sleep late, and I rarely have the chance to.

— Izabel Goulart

If I was to go to sleep before midnight, I would feel weird about myself, like I wasted a day. My most productive hours are between midnight and five.

— J. Cole

Sleep my friend, and you will see that dream is my reality.

— James Hetfield

But what is all this fear of and opposition to Oblivion? What is the matter with the soft Darkness, the Dreamless Sleep?

— James Thurber

I just feel like people like a little break. Especially at 12:37 at night, you go, like, ‘I’m just tired of the snarky right now. I just want to lie down and have somebody make me laugh for an hour. Entertain me, and then I’m going to sleep with a smile on my face.’ That’s my job that’s what I do.

— Jimmy Fallon

When I was a kid, you would tune in to ‘The Tonight Show’ before you went to sleep. Johnny Carson. A big treat. I know it’s a privilege of mine to be able to be in people’s homes. So I hope I make everyone proud, including my parents, and do a good job in this.

— Jimmy Fallon

I’m going to keep it real gully with you the first two months, I wanted to give him back. I expected someone to come and save me because after you have the baby, nobody cares about you anymore. Nobody cares if you sleep, nobody cares if you eat. It’s just you and this all-consuming thingy!

— Jill Scott

I always try to sleep for at least eight hours a night and, of course, water, water, water!

— Jennifer Aniston

Don’t tell your kids you had an easy birth or they won’t respect you. For years I used to wake up my daughter and say, ‘Melissa you ripped me to shreds. Now go back to sleep.’.

— Joan Rivers

A man can sleep around, no questions asked, but if a woman makes nineteen or twenty mistakes she’s a tramp.

— Joan Rivers

With plastic surgery, the general anesthetic is like a black-velvety sleep, and that’s what death is – without waking up to someone clapping and going, ‘Joan, wake up, it’s all over and you’re looking pretty’.

— Joan Rivers

Low lights signal to our senses that the workday may be over and it’s time for sleep, making it hard for an audience to pay careful attention. When we stand behind a big wooden podium, it can feel as if there’s a shield between us and the audience.

— John P. Kotter

When I played Tonto in ‘The Lone Ranger’ and was playing the older Tonto, I would just leave the makeup on and go to sleep because it was a four or five hour job it was, from the waist up, all over me.

— Johnny Depp

Because I’m so busy and because I think of myself as a painter, I desperately guard the time that I have to paint. And sometimes I’m irresponsible to my career in order to paint. Because painting is obsessive. I forget to eat. I forget to sleep.

— Joni Mitchell

Though sleep is called our best friend, it is a friend who often keeps us waiting!

— Jules Verne

I was very keen on squash. My father used to go to sleep in the afternoon. Normally, in Pakistan, everybody goes to sleep in the afternoon, because it’s really hot. I’d go and play without telling anybody.

— Jahangir Khan

I would like to have as much going on as other people do, but my problem is I get so attached to things, and there’s my kids, and I need my sleep, and then there’s being married – gotta check in on that, too.

— Joss Whedon

My theory is that literature is essential to society in the way that dreams are essential to our lives. We can’t live without dreaming – as we can’t live without sleep. We are ‘conscious’ beings for only a limited period of time, then we sink back into sleep – the ‘unconscious.’ It is nourishing, in ways we can’t fully understand.

— Joyce Carol Oates

I think that sleep and work are very closely related – not because you can work while you’re sleeping and sleep while you’re working. That’s not really what I mean. I’m talking specifically about the fact that sleep and work are phase-based, or stage-based, events.

— Jason Fried

When you’re short on sleep, you’re short on patience. You’re ruder to people, less tolerant, less understanding. It’s harder to relate and to pay attention for sustained periods of time.

— Jason Fried

I get my most creative sort of energy after a show. So I love to go back to the hotel and compose new material. Generally in a rush, exactly. I have to get it out somehow, otherwise I can’t sleep, you know.

— Jason Mraz

For sleep, riches and health to be truly enjoyed, they must be interrupted.

— Jean Paul

I do like having my ears pierced, because there’s a lot more choice in pierced earrings than there is with clip-ons, and they’re a lot more comfortable to wear – Sometimes I completely forget I’ve got them in and end up going to sleep wearing them.

— Jennifer Garner

My first dunk ever was in middle school. We were playing, me and my church friends, and I dunked it, and I swear I could not sleep that night.

— Jeremy Lin

I wrote the song ‘Angels Standing By’… to try and soothe myself – rock myself to sleep, basically – because I was so scared and stressed.

— Jewel

My back only bugs me when I sleep wrong. I feel my knee more than anything, the left one. It’s arthritic. I have a bad nerve in the back of my eye.

— Joe Montana

My back only bugs me when I sleep wrong. I feel my knee more than anything, the left one. It’s arthritic.

— Joe Montana

When we lost, I couldn’t sleep at night. When we win, I can’t sleep at night. But, when you win, you wake up feeling better.

— Joe Torre

Like you and your woman ain’t gettin’ along and you’re in love. You can’t sleep at nights. Your mind is on her – on whatever. You know, that’s the blues. You can’t hug that money at night. You can’t kiss it.

— John Lee Hooker

My son was autistic, and he suffered from seizure disorder every 5 to 10 days. He would suffer a seizure that would last 45 seconds to a minute and sleep for 12 hours.

— John Travolta

I very often have night terrors. Just think of the worst possible situation, and it’s a regular thing for me. I’ve died in my sleep twenty-three different ways.

— Julian Casablancas

True love, to me, is when she’s the first thought that goes through your head when you wake up and the last thought that goes through your head before you go to sleep.

— Justin Timberlake

In lean times, you get plenty of sleep, and you’re not flying around everywhere.

— J. K. Simmons

When I got into college, I found what ultimately became my life’s work. I couldn’t sleep at night, I was so excited about it. So I’m attracted to people who play at that level. They actually want to play in their professional life.

— Jack Dangermond

The myriad of serious health risks resulting from poor diet include high cholesterol, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and even sleep apnea.

— Jane Velez-Mitchell

You do certain things in your twenties that are just not appropriate in your thirties and certainly not appropriate in your forties. Eventually you even the scales, and it’s time to move on and become an adult and start working hard again and going to sleep a little bit earlier. Fortunately, I got a job to facilitate that transition.

— Jason Bateman

My father was a Baptist preacher, and he used to read the King James Bible to me every single morning. He made me memorize it and repeat verses at night before I went to sleep.

— Jay Parini

Your whole life is changed with that first child. Your social behaviors are all turned upside down, you’re sleep deprived, but eight months in, my son had this seizure, and it just woke me up to the idea that, oh, no, this can end. And it can end in a way that will destroy you forever.

— Jeff Nichols

After Rilo Kiley broke up and a few really intense personal things happened, I completely melted down. It nearly destroyed me. I had such severe insomnia that, at one point, I didn’t sleep for five straight nights.

— Jenny Lewis

I like my life to be pure and clean and organised, and I like to have had eight hours’ sleep a night. I honestly don’t think I’d be as successful if I was a party animal. Because I don’t think my personality would be as focused and open as it is.

— Jessie J

When I joined in 1990, as they say in the sport of sailing, Puma was in the doldrums. It was a difficult time, and Puma had gone to sleep.

— Jochen Zeitz

No veteran or active duty service member should endure a long hospital stay alone. Yet sadly, due to the high cost of travel, all too often our military families are separated while America’s heroes receive care. Sometimes families sleep in hospital parking lots, unable to afford long stays in a hotel.

— John Delaney

The same way you can manipulate your environment to encourage sleep, you can also do it to wake up.

— John Rampton

In a building with apartments, of course, you want to make connections. Life is easier that way. There’s salt if you don’t have salt you can knock at someone’s door, like in any city. But you know, you can hear the others, and you want to sleep, you get annoyed.

— Juliette Binoche

I stay up late I’m like a vampire. I stay up until, like, 6 A.M. and then sleep till 4 P.M. I lay in bed till it’s dark, and then I come alive in the night.

— Jacob Whitesides

The poet knows himself only on the condition that things resound in him, and that in him, at a single awakening, they and he come forth together out of sleep.

— Jacques Maritain

WTO is not the forum for labour standards. Next, the U.S. will argue the time zone difference is an unfair competitive advantage enjoyed by India that enables our software engineers to work while the Americans sleep.

— Jairam Ramesh

I love the tour bunks. I can sleep like a baby in those bunks. It really doesn’t bother me at all. A lot of people have a difficult time – they’re like, ‘It’s like a coffin.’ I get in there and I just pass out. You can’t even wake me up.

— Joe Jonas

Those of you who can read I must beg you to read the Bible, and whenever you can get time, study the Bible, and if you can get no other time, spare some of your time from sleep, and learn what the mind and will of God is.

— Jupiter Hammon

No one wakes up excited to see more advertising, no one goes to sleep thinking about the ads they’ll see tomorrow.

— Jan Koum

I derive no pleasure from prosecuting a man, even though I know he’s guilty do you think I could sleep at night or look at myself in the mirror in the morning if I hounded an innocent man?

— Jim Garrison

I’d never watch a horror film, but after I found out I was going to be in one, I watched, like, four of them, including The Shining, I was terrified – I couldn’t sleep for days. But I wanted to get myself used to things I was going to see on the set.

— Jennifer Love Hewitt

Our heart oft times wakes when we sleep, and God can speak to that, either by words, by proverbs, by signs and similitudes, as well as if one was awake.

— John Bunyan

I don’t like dirty. That’s why I hate cigarettes. A little bit of alcohol is O.K., but no drugs. And I like to sleep alone because I wake up, I walk around, I bring my computer with me to bed, I have a great time.

— Jean Pigozzi

The nations were awakened from the sleep of death, as the words of eternal life flowed from the Apostles’ lips, – the temples of superstition were shut or destroyed, and churches were planted in every part of the civilized world.

— John Strachan

When I’m trying to go to sleep and there are little noises, like a clock ticking or a fan squeaking, it drives me completely insane.

— James Lafferty

When you don’t sleep, you start to hallucinate, and that’s not good.

— James Tate

I get up about four times a night and go back to sleep, or not. Then I swill tea around 8 a.m. I answer e-mail, while I stall thinking about whatever scares me.

— Jenny Holzer

As I get older, my skin shows more of how I am feeling, like a mirror. If I am stressed, or not getting enough sleep, I see it in my face right away.

— Joanne Froggatt

My son, Gio, wanted to do a horseback trip in Mongolia, but he didn’t want to do an Abercrombie & Fitch-type tour, where they show you around while you sleep in B&Bs.

— John Fusco

I’m a person who, when I set out to write, I write. It’s just like when you set out to eat, you eat, or when you set out to sleep, you sleep. I don’t do somersaults to write something. I just do it.

— Juan Gabriel

I sleep each night a little better, a little more confidently, because Lyndon Johnson is my president.

— Jack Valenti

Everyone thinks I like to sleep. It’s not that I like to sleep, it’s that I don’t like to get up! There is a difference.

— JC Chasez

I spend a lot of time practicing active imagination before I go to sleep. What I’m feeling will manifest as images through active imagination. And then I go to sleep, and those play out even more in my dreams.

— Jeff Mangum

When I was younger – I don’t do this too much now – but sometimes if I couldn’t sleep, I would lie in bed and imagine all the characters I’ve played at a dinner table together.

— Jefferson Mays

Well, just coming off the stage and there’s like 180,000 people out there and your adrenaline is going so high, and you’re doing so much and it’s hard to just put your head on the pillow and sleep because it just goes on and on, even after you’re off the stage.

— Jermaine Jackson

I was raised in a strict Southern household in Lexington, South Carolina, and I remember sneaking off to watch ‘Pet Cemetery’ as a kid. After seeing those animals reincarnate, I screamed and couldn’t sleep for weeks, but watched it again and again.

— Jessica Stroup

Going across the Tannai Desert was one of the spookiest experiences I’ve ever had. Not driving during the day that was fine. And so we camped in an old sort of truck siding, I think. And the silence. The eerie silence and then a dingo howling, and it was just so spooky. I didn’t sleep all night.

— Joan Kirner

I try not to go to sleep with makeup, because I think it clogs your pores. I always wash my face with something that contains salicylic acid.

— Joan Smalls

I shall now proceed to my own experience, which hath truly convinced me, the Lord is awakened as one out of sleep and the voice of the Lord will shake terribly the earth.

— Joanna Southcott

One of my modeling bookers told me that the most important thing is to try to be vigilant about taking care of yourself. Get sleep, don’t be afraid to trim your hair even if you’re trying to grow it out, don’t bite your fingernails, and stay in shape. A lot of it is in the little things.

— Julia Jones

Life isn’t a 24/7 merry go round. If it were, you wouldn’t get the 7 hours of sleep necessary to keep you fit and sane.

— Jacqueline Leo

I’ll watch movies I like to see, Steve Jobs interviews, something that’s going to make me smart and then go to sleep.

— Jaden Smith

You can sleep with a blonde, you can sleep with a brunette, but you’ll never get any sleep with a redhead!

— Jamie Luner

When people are entering a high-stress period, they don’t sleep and don’t exercise, but in fact, it should be just the opposite.

— Jim Loehr

I’m a simple man. All I want is enough sleep for two normal men, enough whiskey for three, and enough women for four.

— Joel Rosenberg

Before the advent of artificial light, we had 13, 14 hours in bed every night… and so what we experience now is about a 40% contraction of how we used to sleep, and I for one am glad of that – I don’t want to spend 13 hours in bed.

— Jessa Gamble

I’m someone who needs more sleep than average, and I’m quite jealous of people who need only five or six hours and they’re good to go.

— Jessa Gamble

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow: In Flanders fields.

— John McCrae

Nobody ever worked as hard as my father. My father averaged maybe four hours of sleep at night, and when you’re a kid, you don’t realize that.

— Larry Elder

Nobody ever worked as hard as my father. My father averaged maybe four hours of sleep at night, and when you’re a kid, you don’t realize that. The man was tired. He was tired.

— Larry Elder

I used to wear boxers and a tank top, but now I sleep in the nude. It’s kind of weird, because I used to have to wear something to bed, whether it was a tank top or whatever. And now if I have any clothes at all on, it’s really hard to get to sleep.

— Laura Prepon

I’m my happiest when I’m really busy. I love feeling like I need one more hour of sleep, or when I’m running around frazzled!

— Lauren Conrad

When I was younger, I had this fairy tale that you can have the eight hours of sleep and be a healthy, balanced person and still achieve your goals. The reality is, that hasn’t always been the case.

— Lilly Singh

I lose sleep if I end up feeling bad about something I’ve said. Usually that happens when I send something out without having read it over a few times, or when I call somebody names.

— Linus Torvalds

Death, so called, is a thing which makes men weep, And yet a third of life is passed in sleep.

— Lord Byron

It’s funny how sometimes how the public some people think I was born like this. That I maybe I sleep and I do big muscle, but its a lot of work to look like this and to be in this kind of condition.

— Lou Ferrigno

When I am in a hotel, and I turn off the lights and the TV, I just freak out. I turn the TV back on and don’t get any sleep.

— Louis C. K.

When you look into the eyes of your people out there that came to see you, that’s when it’s like, ‘Yep, this is what it’s all about.’ This is why we don’t sleep, and this is why we write songs and try to be the best. This moment right here onstage.

— Luke Bryan

The summer after I got divorced, my children asked to sleep in my bed again. It would be the first time we’d shared a bed since they were infants.

— Lydia Millet

I’ve always had this hyper kinetic energy, so I don’t really need much sleep at night.

— Leander Paes

I believe in a higher power and I believe in good and bad, right and wrong. You sleep in the bed you make.

— Leif Garrett

I love to sleep. I’m an excellent, excellent sleeper.

— Lauren Oliver

It’s a joy to work where I live, and come home and sleep in my own bed.

— Len Cariou

I love ghost stories but I can’t really watch them, especially not by myself because then I can’t sleep.

— Laurie Holden

My first customer is myself. When I tell a story I like, I can sleep easy. I’m sorry when audiences don’t like it, but I have no choice.

— Lina Wertmuller

But for the first time in many years, I get to sleep in my own bed every night. I haven’t done that, literally, in years. It seems like such a small thing, but it is so nice.

— Linda Vester

I came home in the afternoon to sleep, and there was this e-mail from Comedy Central saying they were interested in having me be part of this new show called ‘Jump Cuts’! So I called them right away, and the producer started laughing and said, ‘We sent that e-mail one minute ago – you’re so fast!’

— Lev Yilmaz

In ‘W,’ I did not change a word in the script. I have never spoken this much in other series. I just stick to whatever is written. I always carry the script with me and read it before I sleep.

— Lee Jong-suk

I know folks all have a tizzy about it, but I like a little bourbon of an evening. It helps me sleep. I don’t much care what they say about it.

— Lillian Gordy Carter

I feel like I am doing a lot, but if someone asks me what exactly I have accomplished, I don’t know… putting my son to sleep, feeding him, taking care of things in the house amount to a lot of work. But, yes, I haven’t arrested 14 criminals in one day or saved the world or anything of that sort!

— Kajol

I feel that we, as Indians, have a knack for loving a stereotypical, sobbing, sympathy-seeking personality. I feel that we need to promote quirky, cool and youthful talent. We have to stop propagating the sob-story angle of celebs, where they try to be larger-than-life. That is very outdated. It is so boring that it puts you to sleep.

— Kangana Ranaut

No, and I never, ever eat in between the meals. I control it well enough and with no pills, and I sleep seven hours a night. I go to bed. I fall asleep, and I wake up seven hours later, and this is the most important.

— Karl Lagerfeld

I sleep seven hours. If I go to bed at two, I wake up at nine. If I go to bed at midnight, I wake up at seven. I don’t wake up before – the house can fall apart, but I sleep for seven hours.

— Karl Lagerfeld

I am a product of Indian cinema I’ve grown up watching Indian films ever since I can remember. And song and dance is part of our lives it’s part of our culture we wake up to songs, we sleep to lullabies, you know, we celebrate every religious and traditional function with music.

— Karan Johar

My face and skin trick is to moisturise well in the winter time, because the weather eats up your skin, and I never go to sleep with make up on. Someone told me it ages you ten years.

— Kelly Rowland

Naps are the key to relieving stress. When you are working on two hours of sleep, the fact that cheese comes on something when you ordered it with no cheese is enough to send you crying under the covers for an hour.

— Keri Russell

I used to sleep, eat, breathe volleyball. Now I have that with my kids.

— Kerri Walsh Jennings

I think of being an actor as kind of a young man’s gig. It’s emasculating, in a way, people messing with you and putting make-up on you and telling you when to wake up and when to go to sleep, holding your hand to cross the street. I can do it up to a certain point, and then I start to feel like a puppet.

— Kevin Bacon

If you said to me, ‘Lie down on that concrete floor and fall asleep,’ I could do it. I can sleep anywhere at any time of day on any surface.

— Kevin McCloud

I find it sad that by not talking about who I sleep with, that makes me mysterious. There was a time when I would have been called a gentleman.

— Kevin Spacey

I used to take Sharpies and draw on my pillowcases, and then go to sleep on them and wake up with red marker from the drool all on my face.

— Kid Cudi

When I go away to do a movie, I bring the blanket I’ve had since I was a little girl. It helps me sleep. I also always bring my laptop so I can E-mail friends. And I bring my dog, Beauty, wherever I can.

— Kirsten Dunst

I would say a lack of sleep is a cause for feeling not so beautiful. On those days, I try to drink lots of water and put on the biggest sunglasses I can find.

— Kourtney Kardashian

I pushed myself way too hard during the first year of Veronica Mars and I got moody and run-down. Now I’ll go to bed early instead of going out with friends. It’s not always the most fun option, but I know I need at least eight hours of sleep to feel balanced.

— Kristen Bell

I can’t sleep in my makeup. Sometimes I’ll be really lazy and try to not think about it and just fall asleep, but I have to take it off and as soon as possible. Sometimes it’ll be quick.

— Kylie Jenner

Imagine trying to learn without a dry place to sleep, eat, and do homework. Children cannot succeed in school if their lives out of school are in total chaos.

— Kate Brown

That studies have shown that more people are getting up earlier, they’re getting their news earlier. They’re getting less sleep, getting up at earlier hours.

— Katie Couric

I’d get home at 3:30 A.M. from the bar after my shift ended at 1. I’d write jokes, film it, and then sleep. So I did that for two years.

— Katie Nolan

They say you should never eat before you go to bed, but I’ve found just having a tiny little snack – like half an apple or something like that – before you go to sleep really helps.

— Kelly Osbourne

Get up, groan, write a bit, moan, eat breakfast, write some more, cycle my bike through the Sligo hills, make up country songs as I pedal along, sing them, have lunch, have a nap, groan, moan, write a small bit more, cook dinner, feed wifey, open a bottle, or several, slump, sleep.

— Kevin Barry

When I was younger, I used to do that a lot: I would hear a part of a song that would really relax me and then put it on repeat. That would send me to sleep. It was quite obvious classical music, people like Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Erik Satie, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel.

— King Krule

I grew up doing gymnastics. It requires discipline, eating right, getting sleep, lots of sacrifice. But the pros outweigh the sacrifice.

— Kacy Catanzaro

But with exquisite breathing you smile, with satisfaction of love, And I touch you again as you tick in the silence and settle in sleep.

— Karl Shapiro

It was an hour and a half plane ride, so I slept. I try to sleep because that’s probably the only time I get to get my real sleep. When I can’t sleep I read books or watch movies.

— Keren Ann

I’ve learned that I don’t need much sleep, and that I am able to really stand up for the things that I think that are important and that there are a lot of people out there who agree with me.

— Kerry Healey

It’s much easier for me to sleep in space than it is back home. We sleep in a cabin, and you can float inside.

— Kevin A. Ford

My friends, who sleep for all eternity we do not forget you.

— Karl Amadeus Hartmann

I really try to get eight hours of sleep, and I really try not to go out after a Tuesday or Friday night show because I know I have a two-show day the following day.

— Kate Levering

At night when I used to sleep, I was thinking all the time that shall I put a knife under my pillow.

— Malala Yousafzai

The problem with meditating is I generally go to sleep, and that’s because I’m doing it wrong.

— Margaret Atwood

On overnight flights, I have trained myself to get to sleep almost instantly after takeoff. I always listen to the same audiobook on my iPod so my brain knows, regardless of time zone, that that voice means it’s time for bed.

— Margaret Heffernan

I heard endless conversations between my parents when I was going to sleep about how we would survive, how we would continue. All of them were about trying to make me better.

— Maria Sharapova

I’m always on the go. I love doing things until I hit rock bottom. Then I need my 12 hours of sleep, and I’m on the go again.

— Maria Sharapova

The nicest thing for me is sleep, then at least I can dream.

— Marilyn Monroe

Depending upon my activities, I sleep between five and ten hours every night. I sleep in an extra-wide single bed, and I use only one heavy down comforter over me, summer or winter. I have never been able to wear pajamas or creepy nightgowns they disturb my sleep.

— Marilyn Monroe

When Clark Gable died, I cried for 2 days straight. I couldn’t eat or sleep.

— Marilyn Monroe

I see all these old people who don’t have anything to do but eat, drink and sleep. I will never say ‘retired’ because that’s such a finality that I don’t want to be part of my life. I’ll work until they throw me in a box.

— Mario Andretti

For some people, what really matters to them is sleep.

— Marissa Mayer

One of the things I do to stay healthy and fit is to make sure I exercise every single day. Aside from eating right and getting enough sleep, exercise keeps me trim and boosts my energy.

— Martha Stewart

My first two books are out of print and, okay, they can sleep there comfortably. It’s early work, derivative work.

— Mary Oliver

When I prayed for success, I forgot to ask for sound sleep and good digestion.

— Mason Cooley

I don’t sleep, but I’ve got two little kids that don’t sleep, either.

— Melissa McCarthy

When I came into office, people said, ‘Billionaire? How do they live? What do they eat? How do they sleep?’ Today, they see me on the subway coming uptown. A couple of people say hi, some people smile and nod. Some people just sleep. It’s not an issue.

— Michael Bloomberg

Well, especially now I come to realize – and then – I would do my schooling which was three hours with a tutor and right after that I would go to the recording studio and record, and I’d record for hours and hours until it’s time to go to sleep.

— Michael Jackson

The way the music comes to you starts to affect how you listen to music. When you’re a kid, it’s ‘Does it rock? Does it make me feel good? Does it make me tap my feet? Does it make me go to sleep?’

— Michael Franti

If you’re in a diabetic or prediabetic state, it’s good to have medication to go on for a period of time. But simply by making the changes – get your sleep, 35 grams of fiber and a half-hour walk – your cholesterol will come down, your sugar will come down, and your blood pressure will come down. Only the minority of people can’t control it.

— Michael Moore

Those who have compared our life to a dream were right… we were sleeping wake, and waking sleep.

— Michel de Montaigne

I am diagnosed with what’s called ‘REM behavior disorder.’ As far as the disorder goes, there’s no cure, but it’s going pretty well as far as these things go. I see a sleep doctor, take medication, etc.

— Mike Birbiglia

I’m generally so disoriented during the week about what I’m doing and where I am – I travel a lot – that when I’m home on a Sunday, I typically try to sleep in as much as I can.

— Mike Birbiglia

In real life, I first started sleep walking in high school because that was when this concept of getting into college first appeared. I had this moment of, ‘Oh! This is going to affect the rest of my life.’

— Mike Birbiglia

I’ve had insomnia since I was a little kid and I never sleep well. Sometimes I sleep very badly and sometimes I sleep slightly badly. I get it especially when I’m on tour because you cross a lot of time zones, and I’m not very adaptable.

— Moby

I don’t sleep very well when I travel. And as a result, I tend to be awake in cities when everyone else is asleep.

— Moby

Ali’s got a left, Ali’s got a right – when he knocks you down, you’ll sleep for the night and when you lie on the floor and the ref counts to ten, hope and pray that you never meet me again.

— Muhammad Ali

If I had a Salvador Dali painting, I would cuddle it to sleep.

— Mac Miller

People ask me, ‘Isn’t it scary living on your own?’ but in this industry, being at events, doing interviews, and doing promotion and constantly chatting about yourself, sometimes it’s really nice to just sit in silence or take a day where you can sleep in until 3 P.M. and then stay up as late as you like.

— Maisie Williams

I can’t sleep in an isolated place without pills, earplugs, and both my children in bed with me for fear of scary, feral characters with a hankering for the wilderness.

— Mariella Frostrup

When I read the script sometimes, it’s like ‘Christ! Enough!’ I can’t sleep at night sometimes. There’s the occasional script that just hammers you, that you can’t shower off.

— Mariska Hargitay

I used to write in bed, starting when I woke up. I believe that creative work comes from our subconscious mind, so I try to keep the gap between sleep and writing as minimal as possible.

— Marian Keyes

In Judaism, there are a lot of rules – everything from which fingernail you cut first to which side you sleep on in bed, to the way you get dressed in the morning, to actual ideas, like ideas about being chosen people or ideas about female/male and how to interact with people from the opposite sex.

— Matisyahu

Beast Mode doesn’t make excuses. It doesn’t complain. Whatever you’re doing, go out there and get it done. Keep pushing. If I have a bad game, I think about what I have to do to return to form. Figure it out, go to sleep, and wake up a new man.

— Matt Kemp

Zombies let us explore notions of the apocalypse – no water, food, medical care, the government imploding – while letting us sleep at night.

— Max Brooks

Obviously, nobody chooses not to have kids because they’d rather sleep in late. It’s a very visceral decision, and it’s a complicated decision.

— Meghan Daum

When there is a psyche-disrupting event in your life, it can prevent you from getting the long blocks of sleep at night that are so important to healthy aging.

— Mehmet Oz

When children are very young, you read them books that are positive to help them go to sleep. But there comes a moment when they begin to understand the difficulties of the world. They know there are problems and the books they read should reflect that, not gloss over them.

— Michael Morpurgo

When I finish playing football, I would like to work with kids and sleep!

— Michael Strahan

I was so low that I wanted to exit. And I took a bunch of pills, and they were sleeping pills. And at least they would put me to sleep, and maybe I wouldn’t wake up, and that was fine.

— Mike Wallace

I don’t do anything but sleep, when I’m not working. I have no life. I’m no fun. All I want to do is sleep and get ready for the next day. It’s awesome.

— Maggie Q

Don may yawn at the idea, which he often does, but the great thing about Don, he has confidence in me and Mike and Ed and Leslie and Steve, that we’re not going go out and do stories that will put people to sleep.

— Morley Safer

I would teach from nine to four, sleep an hour, and write from six until midnight, night after night.

— Marguerite Young

We found that our kids enjoy those simple adventures we take as a family. I’m driving, my wife’s the copilot and we give one kid a choice of what they want to go do. We eat a lot of bad food and sleep in some interesting hotels.

— Mark Consuelos

My father said there were two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.

— Marlo Thomas

I’m always nervous before starting a record because I can never sleep. I’m like, ‘I have no good ideas, everyone is gonna see through me.’

— Mark Ronson

In the last year of my presidency, I travelled 200 days out of 365. You have to lead a very disciplined life. To be able to do that, I need a lot of sleep. But I have no problems sleeping. On long days, I can easily take a nap for 20 minutes in the afternoon.

— Martti Ahtisaari

Holiday? Is like, what? I’m a hyperactive girl, so it may be boring for me to be on the beach doing nothing. I just need to find a place for three weeks and work but sleep in the morning, maybe write a little bit, have a glass of red wine. That’s my perfect holiday.

— Melanie Laurent

I get very little sleep. But I try to stay constantly busy. My fear is that if I stop working I’ll, like, die. So throughout my life I’ve always tried to remain busy, and I sort of know no other way. I think if my heart rate slowed it would affect my constitution, strangely. I’ve been trained to do that.

— Matthew Gray Gubler

Tart cherries lower the levels of inflammation in the body, which may be particularly useful for those who suffer from gout. They have also been used to improve sleep.

— Michael Greger

A reporter asked recently, ‘What keeps you up at night?’ I replied that I generally sleep well, but if I ever do have trouble, I don’t have to count sheep. I count all the states I’m glad I’m not the governor of.

— Mitch McConnell

During meditation your metabolism and your breath rate go down to a level of rest, twice that of deep sleep.

— Mike Love

I’ve been writing joke songs since I was a kid and it served me well at S.N.L. I can write those in my sleep. In fact, I have.

— Maya Rudolph

I do feel like an outsider, but I don’t lose any sleep over it.

— Mark E. Smith

People say to me, ‘Oh, being a mother must make you a better actor,’ and I think, ‘Well, I never sleep, I have very little time to think about anything except when I’m actually there.’ I wonder whether that makes me a better actor. I think it must on some level.

— Mireille Enos

I sleep at night I do not think about anything. I put everything in my bag and go to sleep. Whatever you can do to me, it does not affect me. I started my life, my own life. I did not inherit it.

— Mohamed Al-Fayed

I can meet any producer in Hollywood and look them in the eye, knowing I didn’t sleep with them, or do drugs with them.

— Morgan Brittany

Unfortunately, I have a child who doesn’t sleep.

— Mariacarla Boscono

I normally sleep very well, but when I do have bad dreams, they always involve my children.

— Michael Robotham

No matter how tired I am, I can only sleep for four hours at a time.

— Micky Dolenz

I couldn’t sleep for two years, they tried to break my nerves. They used a lot of psychology to brainwash.

— Mordechai Vanunu

I hated high school. Ugh. I couldn’t wait until it was over so I could sleep in. In college, I made sure all my classes were in the afternoon. I hated getting up in the morning.

— Mario Cantone

I enjoy spending time with my family. And when my family’s not around, when I’m on the road, a lot of sleep. I get my rest. I understand how important my job is and how important rest is to that job. I’m pretty boring.

— Mark Teixeira

The Big Sleep’ is an unsentimental, surrealist excitement in which most of the men in Hollywood’s underworld are murdered and most of the women go for an honest but not unwilling private sleuth (Humphrey Bogart).

— Manny Farber

Name your nation-state, or tribe or party – you have to rationalize what you’re doing. You have to go to sleep at night. Does Dick Cheney sleep at night? Does he sleep like a baby?

— Martin Donovan

I’m an instinctual actor. I don’t really talk about it. Usually if I get a script and I’m having trouble with it, I go to sleep and I dream about it because I’m super internal with the way I work.

— Megyn Price

I keep my phone on the floor in my bedroom, and I turn the sound off when I sleep, but I never really turn my phone off.

— Meryl Davis

I can’t live without a good scrub or concealer. Concealer could give you 8 hours sleep instantly. I also love lipstick, for everyday a berry tone that resembles the natural lip color.

— Maria Canals Barrera

I never sleep before 4 A.M. and usually play ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ computer games before bed. I like Sonic – he reminds me of Happy, my hamster that died. I used to stay up and watch Happy.

— Martin Millar

A little work, a little sleep, a little love and it’s all over.

— Mary Roberts Rinehart

There is such a thing as tempting the gods. Talking too much, too soon and with too much self-satisfaction has always seemed to me a sure way to court disaster. The forces of retribution are always listening. They never sleep.

— Meg Greenfield

To hike out alone in the desert to sleep on the valley floor on a night with no moon, in the pitch black, just listening to the boom of silence: you can’t imagine what that’s like.

— Nicole Krauss

I’m going to be who I am. And if you find it offensive, if you find it to be too tough, I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.

— Michael Michele

Once while vacationing at my grandparent’s house in Rajasthan, we were sleeping on the roof and I spotted an object hovering around in the sky – kind of a UFO. It totally spooked me out. I couldn’t sleep for days after that.

— Nimrat Kaur

Everyone else in the ‘iCarly’ cast can operate on 5 hours of sleep, but not so for ‘Old Man Nathan!’

— Nathan Kress

If I’m having a bad day in rehearsal, I’ll sleep with my script.

— Nina Arianda

Mondays I sleep. I go in at ten, do my lift, watch the game from the day before. Tuesday is off, but I go in, lift, watch film. Then I have French toast with my sister.

— Ndamukong Suh

Now, on nights that I can’t sleep, I play video games alone until the morning.

— Namie Amuro

At night when I can’t sleep, I play blackjack online until I get tired or I lose my money.

— Nicky Hilton

The only time I can’t sleep is on a plane, when I am literally keeping it in the air with my brain.

— Natalie Massenet

I’m shocked at how early everything closes here. But people start earlier. I miss the late nightlife in NYC, but then again I sing and burn so much energy in the show that it’s probably good – I get to go home and sleep.

— Neil Patrick Harris

You can get by on four hours’ sleep, but you’re not very exciting.

— Nell Carter

I can tell you I can work on four or five hours of sleep a night and cat nap all day, and I can go for 8 or 10 days on the road, and it doesn’t seem to affect me.

— Newt Gingrich

Spina bifida affects every single aspect of your life, from your child’s self-esteem to your ability to sleep at night.

— Nicole Ari Parker

I knew that no matter what door you knock on in a Cretan village, it will be opened for you. A meal will be served in your honor, and you will sleep between the best sheets in the house. In Crete, the stranger is still the unknown god. Before him, all doors and all hearts are opened.

— Nikos Kazantzakis

Remember that we can only in our forebrains handle 5-7 items. Our backbrains can handle massive amounts. So when you’re given a problem, think about it before you go sleep, and chances are you can solve it by the next morning.

— Nolan Bushnell

I always thought that you breathe, you eat, you go to sleep, and you draw.

— Paloma Picasso

I’m so used to changing time zones that I can sleep at any time. I’m rarely ever tossing and turning – if I am, it’s really a big deal.

— Paloma Faith

First I wanted to be a veterinarian. And then I realized you had to give them shots to put them to sleep, so I decided I’d just buy a bunch of animals and have them in my house instead.

— Paris Hilton

Yes, I’ve kissed a lot of guys. I like to kiss, but that’s it. I don’t go home with anyone. I sleep with my animals, like my baby monkey, Brigitte Bardot.

— Paris Hilton

I can’t go to sleep on a train anymore because people take photos of me. You know, dribbling. It’s a bit embarrassing. I go to sleep with my collar up.

— Paul Hollywood

Anything is possible on a train: a great meal, a binge, a visit from card players, an intrigue, a good night’s sleep, and strangers’ monologues framed like Russian short stories.

— Paul Theroux

It’s such a waste, sleep. You’re just lying there.

— Peter Beard

Metaphorically speaking, of course, if I put a problem behind my pillow and fall asleep, very often because my brain went to sleep with that idea or the problem alive, very often in the middle of the night I wake up, and I wake up with a solution or with a direction of solution.

— Philippe Petit

I’ve stayed in hotels where you were scared to even put your feet on the floor, or had to sleep in a chair.

— Peter Hook

Home is, in the end, not just the place where you sleep, but the place where you stand.

— Pico Iyer

Let me tell you about the nap. It’s absolutely fantastic. When I was a kid, my father was always trying to tell me how to be a man. And he said – I was maybe nine – he said, ‘Philip, whenever you take a nap, take your clothes off and put a blanket over you, and you’re going to sleep better.’ Well, as with everything, he was right.

— Philip Roth

When I became Miss World, I couldn’t believe I had won it. I used to sleep with my crown because I was scared someone would steal it. In a minute, the world changed for me.

— Priyanka Chopra

It’s almost negligible sleep and insane amounts of plane rides, but I’m doing it. Your body is screaming out to you to not abuse it so much, but I love what I do in my Hindi films as well as with ‘Quantico,’ and I want to be able to balance both.

— Priyanka Chopra

I usually doze off between 7:30 and 9 p.m. while putting my baby to sleep. Then I suddenly wake up remembering I’m an adult with no bedtime. I spend the next four hours catching up on reading, e-mails, and other adult pursuits until I collapse for good until sunrise.

— Padma Lakshmi

Due to my hectic work schedule, I hardly have enough sleep, and my skin tends to look dull. Facial masks are my savior, as it helps to brighten and hydrate my skin.

— Park Shin-hye

I’ll have to have a room of my own. Nobody could sleep with Dick. He wakes up during the night, switches on the lights, speaks into his tape recorder.

— Pat Nixon

If I can sleep in until 9 A.M. – wow, what a luxury.

— Patrick Dempsey

In my old age, it’s kind of funny – at night, what I like to do is watch TV when I go to sleep. And what I really like is to put on a Gene Autry film, because he sings really well. So he sings me to sleep.

— Phil Everly

Brighton gives me the heebie-jeebies. When I’m near the seafront I can’t sleep, I can’t eat.

— Paul McGann

Onassis was a man who loved to walk, to walk and talk, and he was the kind of man who doesn’t go to sleep at night-he talks and talks.

— Pierre Salinger

I was scared of the dark. Ohhhh, I’d do anything not to have to sleep on my own. I’d get in bed and cover myself with dolls and teddy bears.

— Peta Wilson

A great Dermalogica facial every few weeks, and lots of sleep over the weekend are essentials. I also drink lots of water which really helps to hydrate the skin and keep it looking fresh.

— Poppy Delevingne

I think even when homeowners love their room, it’s still a shock, because you left your house, went to sleep, came home and your room was dramatically and drastically different.

— Paige Davis

I have two ambitions in life: one is to drink every pub dry, the other is to sleep with every woman on earth.

— Oliver Reed

When I was a kid, I’d kneel down at the side of my bed every night before I went to sleep, and my mother and I would say a Greek prayer to the Virgin Mary.

— Olympia Dukakis

Take time to enjoy the flight – read a good book, watch a film, catch up on emails and sleep.

— Orlando Bloom

These have always been my legs. I train harder than other guys, eat better, sleep better and wake up thinking about athletics. I think that’s probably why I’m a bit of an exception.

— Oscar Pistorius

Every night that I put my head on the pillow, I go to sleep knowing that I can do more. I’m working toward perfection. I’m trying to be the best ever.

— Rafael dos Anjos

I was not born a size 2. I’m not skinny, period. I’m not willing to sleep with the director or step on somebody else’s neck to get the job.

— Queen Latifah

Bro, how are you going to tap on the neck, on the choke? Go to sleep, man. Be a man.

— Rafael dos Anjos

Time, motion and wine cause sleep.

— Ovid

What could make my life better? Oh, if I could only find that magic bottle that lets you never have to sleep. I have so much stuff I wanna do, but… That six or seven hours you have to be in bed with your eyes closed. What a waste!

— Robert Rodriguez

When I can’t sleep, I’ll start thinking about how many shows I’ve done, count up the number of television shows and movies.

— Robert Wagner

If you get enough sleep, cut back on cigarettes and red meat, you look better the next day.

— Robin Wright

Cats have it all – admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it.

— Rod McKuen

As a child, I was bonkers for Christmas. The entire month of December, I couldn’t sleep at night from anticipation.

— Rosecrans Baldwin

I’m very fit on tour. I try to eat well, try to sleep. But it’s still rock n’ roll.

— Rufus Wainwright

I have a constitutional weakness in which I am very easily distracted by flashing lights. If there is a TV on in the room, I can’t have a conversation with you. I won’t eat, I won’t sleep, I’ll just meld with my couch.

— Rachel Maddow

I’m a closet outdoorsy athletic enthusiast, and I would love to do a rafting and hiking trip someday and maybe sleep in a treehouse and bathe in a chilly winding river.

— Rachel Platten

Being home alone at night makes me a bit nervous. If I’m at home alone, I have to sleep on the sofa – I can’t face going to bed. I’m there with the TV on and all the lights on. I’m not very brave about anything in life. In tennis, yes. In everything else, not very.

— Rafael Nadal

Everyone should have kids. They are the greatest joy in the world. But they are also terrorists. You’ll realize this as soon as they’re born, and they start using sleep deprivation to break you.

— Ray Romano

When I’m awake, I don’t want to go to sleep. I don’t want the hassle of turning the light off, putting my head down and then all the thoughts. I don’t want al those thoughts… thoughts feed on thoughts feed on thoughts feed on thoughts feed on thoughts and I’m: ‘I don’t want this’. I have to knock myself out to go to sleep.

— Robbie Williams

Living indoors without fresh air quickly poisons the blood and makes people feel tired and seedy when they don’t know why. For myself, I sleep out of doors in winter as well as summer. I only feel tired or seedy when I have been indoors a lot. I only catch cold when I sleep in a room.

— Robert Baden-Powell

One who never turned his back but marched breast forward, never doubted clouds would break, Never dreamed, though right were worsted, wrong would triumph, Held we fall to rise, are baffled to fight better, sleep to wake.

— Robert Browning

The greatest king of Israel, King David, the author of the Psalms, sent a man out to die in battle so that he could sleep with his wife.

— Robert Duvall

If a professional musician in a symphony orchestra is playing Beethoven. But this particular orchestra have played this particular chestnut so many times, they can play it in their sleep. Does the genius remain present in the music or not?

— Robert Fripp

The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.

— Robert Frost

I just don’t sleep enough. But I have never met someone very successful who, at the end of their life, says ‘I wish I slept more.’

— Robert Herjavec

We sleep in separate rooms, we have dinner apart, we take separate vacations – we’re doing everything we can to keep our marriage together.

— Rodney Dangerfield

I had to learn to forgive. I couldn’t sleep at night. I got ulcers. I had to let go, to let God deal with it. No one wants to be mad in their own house. I didn’t want to be angry my whole life. It takes so much energy out of you to be mean.

— Rodney King

Make sure you never, never argue at night. You just lose a good night’s sleep, and you can’t settle anything until morning anyway.

— Rose Kennedy

Sometimes I’m so tired, I look down at what I’m wearing, and if it’s comfortable enough to sleep in, I don’t even make it into my pajamas. I’m looking down, and I’m like, ‘T-shirt and stretchy pants? Yup, that’s fine. It’s pajama-y, good night.’

— Rebecca Romijn

The woman who runs the Pennsylvania Innocence Project told me that there’s a man she’s been trying to get out of prison for 26 years. Every night before she goes to bed, she thinks, ‘What is he doing?’ She says you don’t sleep. And yet, she has the greatest sense of humor and this light that comes out of her.

— Richard LaGravenese

I have heard repeated stories of meth users leaving their children unattended for days as they cook, use and then sleep off the intense effects of methamphetamine.

— Rick Larsen

If you’re lucky enough to have a pretty girl love you and share herself and sleep with you, make that your secret. The best way to spoil love is by talking to too many people about it.

— Rip Torn

I sleep with my baby blanket, Kiki, that my nana made for me.

— Rob Kardashian

Honestly, I don’t remember the last time I had a dream. I don’t really sleep often enough to be able to have any dreams.

— Rob Kardashian

I’m not really a fan of sleep, to be honest with you. I work out at 9:30 or 10 o’clock at night, and sometimes I just keep going. I’ve never been a big sleeper.

— Rob Kardashian

The body needs its rest, and sleep is extremely important in any health regimen. There should be three main things: eating, exercise and sleep. All three together in the right balance make for a truly healthy lifestyle.

— Rohit Shetty

Since I was growing up in New Zealand where there’s a hole in the ozone layer above us, we get so much sun damage to our skin, and the thing we can do to look after ourselves is use sunscreen during the day, but making sure your skin is well hydrated while you sleep.

— Rose McIver

We train in the mornings, and then I go home and rest or sleep, and usually I go for a meal with Abel of a night, as we’re the two with no family here, so we tend to hang around together.

— Richard Gough

It’s funny: I can never sleep between shows I think it’s because I don’t like to switch the motor off. I’ll probably have some chicken or pasta, though never the two together, and maybe go out for a quick wander around.

— Richard McCabe

If I don’t get enough sleep, my brain gets fatigued, and the voice suffers. If I’m doing some retail work and trying to read and record legal copy, I start sounding like I had a few too many the night before.

— Roger Craig Smith

I eat once a day if I remember, and I try never to go to sleep.

— Richie Havens

I used to cry myself to sleep every night. I missed singing so much. And performing. Man, I missed it so much.

— Ronnie Spector

Dying, we tell ourselves, is like going to sleep. This figure of speech occurs very commonly in everyday thought and language, as well as in the literature of many cultures and many ages. It was apparently quite common even in the time of the ancient Greeks.

— Raymond Moody

If you present your dog to a veterinarian with the instruction to put him to sleep, you would normally mean something very different than you would upon taking your wife or husband to an anesthesiologist with the same words.

— Raymond Moody

Bored people, unless they sleep a lot, are cruel.

— Renata Adler

Idle people are often bored and bored people, unless they sleep a lot, are cruel. It is not accident that boredom and cruelty are great preoccupations in our time.

— Renata Adler

He that is thy friend indeed, he will help thee in thy need: if thou sorrow, he will weep if you wake, he cannot sleep thus of every grief in heart he with thee doth bear a part.

— Richard Barnfield

There is no magic. There is no secret. You need your sleep. A lot of our society tries to get by, but the truth is it is up to each individual to get their optimal sleep amount. If you get less than that you can get by temporarily, but it’s only temporary.

— Richard Berry

When I write songs, it’s very random. I get influenced by the most random things! Sometimes it just comes to me in my sleep or just hanging out in a restaurant or something. Music just comes to me, and I’ll start writing from there.

— Roshon Fegan

All through the night, like the tumult of a river when it races between the cliffs of a canyon, in my sleep I could hear the steady roar of the passing army.

— Richard Harding Davis

No place is boring, if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film.

— Robert Adams

During a movie, you lose all ability to focus on your own interests. Your life is in service. After that you just want to disappear, switch off the phone, and sleep and watch movies for a month.

— Robert Richardson

There is the idea that, when we look at things, it is the yellow light that helps us the most, that we are the most sensitive for. But our circadian rhythms, which are the rhythms that help us to wake and sleep and be alert and relaxed and so forth and so on, they are much more triggered by blue light.

— Rogier van der Heide

God gave us faculties for our use each of them will receive its proper reward. Then do not let us try to charm them to sleep, but permit them to do their work until divinely called to something higher.

— Saint Teresa of Avila

If a man lets all of my dogs sleep in the bed with us, then that is the most romantic thing. You must love my dogs in order to love me. A man who is nice to my animals and doesn’t shoo them away – well, that’s the height of romance.

— Salma Hayek

A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.

— Salman Rushdie

A poet’s work is to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.

— Salman Rushdie

I’m doing a lot of stand-up, but not like when you’re living in New York and you can do three sets a night and it’s your life, and you sleep all day and you wake up and you eat with a bunch of other comics and then get ready for the night.

— Sarah Silverman

I have very vivid dreams – almost always action-adventure. I’m often on the run. I’ve always had dreams. When I was little, I’d go to sleep with my head on my hands, which were in fists like I was looking through a camera. I felt like sleep was the movies – just drifting off to the movies.

— Sarah Silverman

I usually never sleep in past 10, unless it’s the weekend and I had a night out with my friends, because I like to start my day.

— Selena Gomez

In my youth, daydreaming nurtured me, provided a safe haven. I’d sleep for twelve hours and even when awake escape to the safe place in my mind.

— Sandra Cisneros

I’m like a child inside and I really get excited, so sometimes when I’m trying to go to bed, I’m so excited about the next day that I can’t go to sleep.

— Sean Combs

I go to sleep at night, and I feel like I just dreamed the whole day.

— Shia LaBeouf

I liked comedy as a kid. When I was a kid, I’d go to sleep to, like, Bill Cosby albums every night. I’d listen to ‘Bill Cosby Is A Very Funny Fellow… Right!’ and ‘Wonderfulness,’ which are two of his most famous albums. Then the next night, I’d flip them over, ’cause it was the old stackable turntable.

— Stephen Colbert

Sleep resistance, bouts of insomnia, nightmares, night terrors, crawling into bed with parents in the middle of the night – all these are so common among children, it seems fair to call them ‘normal.’

— Siri Hustvedt

Nobody knows what either sleep or waking consciousness is, even though these two have long been seen as the two sides of being: part of life’s unvarying diurnal rhythm.

— Siri Hustvedt

When I don’t get enough sleep, I am cranky, vulnerable to headaches, and my concentration is poor.

— Siri Hustvedt

In sleep, we leave behind the sensory stimulation of the outside world.

— Siri Hustvedt

Your body tells you what it needs, and if you sleep past your alarm on a Saturday morning, it’s probably because you need the sleep.

— Sophia Bush

Don’t think that because you haven’t heard from me for a while that I went to sleep. I am still here, like a spirit roaming the night. Thirsty, hungry, seldom stopping to rest.

— Spike Lee

Get eight hours of sleep regularly. Keep your weight down, run a mile a day.

— Stan Musial

For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.

— Steve Jobs

I never get enough sleep, even when I travel. I wake up in the middle of the night, either with the help of my kids or because my mind is going. I wish I got eight hours a night, but it is more like an interrupted six or seven. The secret is to go to sleep well before midnight.

— Summer Sanders

The more sleep you get in before the clock turns midnight, the more rested you feel no matter what time your alarm goes off.

— Summer Sanders

When I read, I take notes and underline things. So reading is a vigorous process for me, but I read in bed. My poor husband is trying to go to sleep, and I’m reaching over him to get the Post-it notes.

— Sally Mann

The first thing I think about when I wake up most mornings is the fact that I’m tired. I have been tired for decades. I am tired in the morning and I am tired while becalmed in the slough of the afternoon, and I am tired in the evening, except right when I try to go to sleep.

— Susan Orlean

You know I used to sit there and I’d go outside and play ball and everything, but now in my free time I just kind of lay back and relax because this atmosphere is so busy and stressful, so anytime I can sleep, you’d best believe I’m sleepin’.

— Scotty McCreery

Remember, you must not sleep at the Seder. If you do, Elijah the Prophet will come with a bag on his shoulders. On the two first nights of Passover, Elijah the Prophet goes about looking for those who have fallen asleep at the Seder, and takes them away in his bag.

— Sholom Aleichem

I once set myself a deadline: half a chapter a week, 20 minutes a day. The thought froze me instantly, like literary Botox. I returned to my non-schedule: sleeping, writing 20 minutes, and then back to sleep. Breakfast in bed, with juice congealing on the sill: pages and pages began to pour out again.

— Siddhartha Mukherjee

Trust your instincts: they tend to see you right. By listening to them, at least you can sleep at night.

— Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Like most citizens of popular and international urban centres, I don’t take advantage of the cultural opportunities. Perhaps this comes from growing up in suburbia. Home is where you eat, sleep, read, watch television and ignore your parents. It is not where you go to the ballet and then attend a heated panel discussion about it afterwards.

— Sloane Crosley

My mom would always read a book to me at night from when I was three. Now, I can’t go to sleep without reading a book. At the same time, once I read, it’s difficult for me to go to sleep, as I have an overactive imagination and I start thinking.

— Sonam Kapoor

Even when I’m not onstage singing, there’s always music going on in my head. It’s a curse and a blessing in a way – it’s sitting in bed at night, trying to go to sleep, while the music keeps playing in your head – especially when you’re trying to learn something new and you’re trying to memorize it and get everything.

— Sondra Radvanovsky

Beforehand you think, ‘Oh, changing nappies – I’m going to be up I need to get sleep for training.’ But when it happens, when you’re there, as soon as you hear a wiggle or a cough or something, you’re up straight away. It doesn’t bother you.

— Sonny Bill Williams

When your product solves a problem that costs customers sleep, revenue, or profits, things are definitely looking up.

— Steve Blank

Oh, I can’t sleep, whatever – it’s a huge problem. The comedian’s thing is you self-medicate with alcohol and knock yourself out – but obviously, that’s not a long-term strategy.

— Stewart Lee

I’ll sleep in my clothes sometimes. I sleep in my clothes all the time, actually – in my coat. I just hate getting changed for bed I like the idea of falling asleep in a natural way.

— Suki Waterhouse

I balance my hormones with bioidentical hormones, I eat organic, I take supplements as determined by lab work, I sleep eight hours nightly, I use organic cosmetics and green household cleaners, and I avoid toxins as best I can.

— Suzanne Somers

The reason I wrote ‘I’m Too Young for This!’ is to spare young women the suffering of hormonal loss – and it is true suffering. You can’t sleep, you gain weight for no reason, you bloat for no reason, your moods are altered, and your sex drive is diminished.

— Suzanne Somers

Our modern, deadline-a-day lifestyle overtaxes our adrenal glands, which end up overproducing cortisol, which in turn makes it nearly impossible to sleep and can put you at risk for a heart attack. Raised cortisol also boosts your insulin levels, which can cause you to pack on the pounds, especially around the midsection.

— Suzanne Somers

I’m not a great flyer. It’s ironic, since I’m in showbiz and have to fly at least twice a week. I try to sleep and blot it out.

— Suzi Quatro

I keep a night light on because my room is so full at night, I can’t get to sleep!

— Sylvia Browne

I had no interest in history classes. In fact, I used to sleep in history classes, I used to bunk classes. But that is how students are supposed to be, no? I developed an interest in history much later. I have made a few films based on historical facts.

— Shekhar Kapur

Usually, when people get to the end of a chapter, they close the book and go to sleep. I deliberately write a book so when the reader gets to the end of the chapter, he or she must turn one more page.

— Sidney Sheldon

I came out of the private sector, a life that I enjoyed. I sleep in a bed every night with a woman I went to first grade with. I wasn’t running for a job. I was running – and I think you will find this to be the case with many of the freshmen – to produce results.

— Steve Southerland

I wake when my wife wakes, at 7:30 A.M. I’d like to sleep longer, but she has to go off to work, and I’d be plagued with guilt.

— Said Sayrafiezadeh

If I lived alone, Mom’d never sleep because she wouldn’t know I was okay.

— Scott Baio

I own a fart CD. It has, I believe, over 100 fart sounds. A lovely variety, from the up-close and personal to the more experimental and dissonant. Some people prefer to listen to Bach when they go to sleep… not me.

— Simon Helberg

So you eat, you sleep, and then this wonderful child comes out, but you don’t feel like you have any control over that process, over her, over her character and who she is.

— Suzanne Vega

I wear my Peggy Fleming T-shirt when I go to sleep every night before I compete, and for the past four years, it’s brought me incredible good luck.

— Sarah Hughes

Twyla’s works are complex, and they really push you as an athlete and push you spiritually as well. Before doing a Twyla ballet, you have to get everything in order: You have to get a good night’s sleep, you have to eat well, you have to be in great shape, and then you just go and leave it all out there.

— Sascha Radetsky

I find it so all-encompassing when acting that there’s no room for anything else when you’re in it you’re just locked into thinking about it all day, you go to sleep with it, wake up with it, and when I come back, I really need time to recover.

— Sophie Okonedo

I came across awful characters when I got some kind of status and came to Hollywood. Then you have directors trying to sleep with you, assuming that you will do things because of the way you dress.

— Stacey Dash

Not all lucid dreams are useful but they all have a sense of wonder about them. If you must sleep through a third of your life, why should you sleep through your dreams, too?

— Stephen LaBerge

In most of our dreams, our inner eye of reflection is shut and we sleep within our sleep. The exception takes place when we seem to awake within our dreams, without disturbing or ending the dream state, and learn to recognize that we are dreaming while the dream is still happening.

— Stephen LaBerge

I like the paranormal side a lot that’s my favorite kind of horror movie because it plays on your fear of the dark and makes you go home, and you can’t sleep at night.

— Shanley Caswell

I remember there were days when – and this is kind of gross – I would sleep in my uniform to save time in the morning and then get up and go to school… it didn’t matter because I didn’t have to impress anyone, and I didn’t have to look cute in class.

— Stacey Farber

A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist.

— Stewart Alsop

I sleep for about four hours a night, or day really. I go to bed at, like, 9 A.M., sleep for four hours, then get up and start the day again. I don’t mind if that’s not healthy.

— Taylor Momsen

The one thing I’m not tempted to ever do is stop working. Retirement would be too tough for me. As a workaholic and an insomniac, I identified with my subject, General Dumas, who, according to field reports, would ride on patrols without sleep sometimes for two nights on end before going into battle – and winning.

— Tom Reiss

I say, you work eight hours, and you sleep eight hours – be sure they’re not the same eight hours.

— T. Boone Pickens

In sleep, you are safe from the revolting mechanics of living and being a prey to outrageous fortune.

— Taylor Caldwell

You, too, will be driven away from your native land and ancient domains as leaves are driven before the wintry storms. Sleep not longer, O Choctaws and Chickasaws, in false security and delusive hopes. Our broad domains are fast escaping from our grasp.

— Tecumseh

Every day, I kind of have in my brain a few slots of what I want to do. Like school, sleep, homework, ‘Rookie,’ hanging out with friends, mindless relaxation time, and then trying to do my own creative things.

— Tavi Gevinson

I have both sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation, which are both debilitating conditions.

— Ted Turner

I get this thing every once in a while that I call ‘ESS:’ emergency sleep situation. I’ll get like lead, really fatigued, and I can’t move.

— Teri Garr

My idea is to bring out the inner child that my generation has inside, which does not go to sleep because of so much angst over the day-to-day routine. With so much going on, you start tuning out emotions and surprises.

— Thalia

Because that’s just the way it is, and don’t sleep on what you did before, you know, because it can… not hurt you, but you can find yourself sleeping on something that happened in the past, but you dare to progress and there is always room for progression.

— Thierry Henry

Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.

— Thomas Aquinas

When George W. Bush hit the campaign trail in 2000, the precious possession he brought with him from home was his personal feather pillow. The theme of the Bush years was obliviousness. He was famously unavailable for debate and dialogue. He was deaf to countervailing voices. He hit the sack early and always got a good night’s sleep.

— Tina Brown

From plants that wake when others sleep, from timid jasmine buds that keep their odour to themselves all day, but when the sunlight dies away let the delicious secret out to every breeze that roams about.

— Thomas Moore

In Sleep we lie all naked and alone, in Sleep we are united at the heart of night and darkness, and we are strange and beautiful asleep for we are dying the darkness and we know no death.

— Thomas Wolfe

The one advice that I would give just to moms who have a child or a newborn is definitely sleep while the baby sleeps. I’ve heard that so many times. I never realized how true it really is. If you don’t, you’ll be walking around like a zombie.

— Tia Mowry

Sleep is all about recovering. So if you’re not sleeping, you’re not recovering. And if you’re going to break your body down a lot, you better find ways to build it back up. And the only way to do that is get a lot of sleep. So for me, I go to bed at like 8:30, 9:00. As soon as I put my kids to bed. Because I’m up at 5:30 the next day.

— Tom Brady

We engineered activity out of our lives in the name of convenience. We created foods that put fried, fatty, sweet, and salty ahead of fresh, natural, and healthy. We quickly sacrifice sleep to work longer hours in pursuit of the American Dream. Even when we do these things with good intentions, they have life-threatening consequences.

— Tom Rath

Some guys have trouble sleeping the night before an important round. I never have. Invariably, I sleep longer and better, and have more dreams, when I’m in contention and feeling pressure.

— Tom Watson

I think my biggest tip – and I consider it a part of my beauty routine – is getting my sleep, without a doubt. I do a true eight hours.

— Tracee Ellis Ross

There’s no way you can go home and learn lines, because you need to go home and sleep. So I’ve figured out systems. I order two lunches so I can eat dinner before I leave work, so when I get home, I can just go to bed.

— Tracee Ellis Ross

October of 2011, Occupy protestors descended upon McPherson Square, and they decided to stay. Despite the clear language of the law, these protestors camped at McPherson Square with the definition of camping being sleeping or preparing to sleep.

— Trey Gowdy

I feel more comfortable when I’m lighter – I sleep better, I snore less, I have more endurance when I work out, my arms look better.

— Tyra Banks

Now I know what it’s like to be a rock star. No, I didn’t sleep with 5 groupies at once. But I was interviewed about 45 times in 5 days in 3 cities.

— Tony Visconti

All I do is play football, eat, sleep, play with my kids, play football.

— Timothy F. Cahill

After film school, I would write 8 hours a day on film and 8 hours a night on TV, and then sleep once and a while.

— Tobias Lindholm

I sleep 75 percent of all plane trips I take. I love red-eyes from West to East. I take Ambien to make sure I sleep. I always stay on West Coast time, and I’m always so fried when I come back, I usually sleep naturally.

— Trent Dilfer

I am an actor, and although I love music, and at times can’t live without it, I eat, sleep, breath, sweat, and bleed acting.

— Tyler James Williams

When action grows unprofitable, gather information when information grows unprofitable, sleep.

— Ursula K. Le Guin

I go out, but not too much. When I’m on tour, I just write a lot of music and sleep.

— Wale

I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before, Or else I am awake for the first time, and all before has been a mean sleep.

— Walt Whitman

Not to discriminate every moment some passionate attitude in those about us, and in the very brilliancy of their gifts some tragic dividing on their ways, is, on this short day of frost and sun, to sleep before evening.

— Walter Pater

I’ll get up at 5 or 6. I try to catch up on sleep on the weekends, so I’ll try to get seven hours of sleep. During the week, my ideal is to go to bed at 9 and wake up six hours later.

— Wendy Kopp

Basic SEAL training is six months of long, torturous runs in the soft sand, midnight swims in the cold water off San Diego, obstacles courses, unending calisthenics, days without sleep and always being cold, wet and miserable.

— William H. McRaven

True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.

— William Penn

When you are old and gray and full of sleep, and nodding by the fire, take down this book and slowly read, and dream of the soft look your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep.

— William Butler Yeats

Hunger, revenge, to sleep are petty foes, But only death the jealous eyes can close.

— William Wycherley

But cats to me are strange, so strange I cannot sleep if one is near.

— W. H. Davies

When I am traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep it is on such occasions that ideas flow best and most abundantly.

— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

For ‘The Big Wander,’ I probably had ten different outlines before I made myself start writing. I would sleep on each one, thinking it was wonderful, but I would always awake perceiving some flaw.

— Will Hobbs

In heaven we shall appear, not in armour, but in robes of glory. But here these are to be worn night and day we must walk, work, and sleep in them, or else we are not true soldiers of Christ.

— William Gurnall

For me, the creative process, first of all, requires a good nine hours of sleep a night. Second, it must not be pushed by the need to produce practical applications.

— William Lipscomb

I respect people who can do both careers, like Will Smith and a couple of other people who have done it, but I just don’t know when they sleep.

— Val Kilmer

If I sleep in and don’t run, I’ll feel a little bit off because I didn’t do what I was supposed to do. But I’m not going to beat myself up because of it. I’ll just get right back on track.

— Valerie Bertinelli

How sleep the brave, who sink to rest, By all their country’s wishes blest!

— William Collins

It’s funny because everyone says you sleep when baby sleeps or you take a nap when baby takes a nap. That’s true when you have one. When you have two, that is not true.

— Vanessa Lachey

Tired minds don’t plan well. Sleep first, plan later.

— Walter Reisch

Basically, my mother couldn’t hold a tune and when I was a baby, a rather tactless baby, I would ask her not to sing… you can’t get to sleep if someone is singing off key nearby.

— Vikram Seth

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.

— Virginia Woolf

Sleep, that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life.

— Virginia Woolf

When you are overworked and exhausted, there is a sense of kind of delirium and that’s why I think architects do all-nighters and they kind of do those deadlines. For four days I remember doing four nights in one row with no sleep. I mean nobody, unless you are crazy, would do that, but you are totally focused on the project.

— Zaha Hadid

I consider creativity to be a more non-rational, subconscious thing. You have a relationship to your creativity – you can feed it with content, with some rational prodding and sleep and things like that, but the mechanisms by which your creativity work are largely unknown.

— Ze Frank

Actually I ran away from school when I was 13. No one could find me, and the police were called. I was just hiding in a little thicket of grass at my school, and went to sleep.

— Zhang Ziyi

When I’m alone, I can sleep crossways in bed without an argument.

— Zsa Zsa Gabor
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