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Insomnia Quotes

Updated on June 14, 2011

Insomnia Quotes & Sayings

After searching this World Wide Web for quite some time, I was able to find only a few quotes about insomnia to add here. So, if you have a nice quote(even if its yours) about the subject, do add it by leaving a comment through the comments secion at the end of this page. Anyway, here is a collection of some interesting quotable quotes for you to read.

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

His insomnia was so bad, he couldn't sleep during office hours.
Arthur Baer

Dawn: When men of reason go to bed.
Ambrose Bierce

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

Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many different ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia.
Josehph Wood Krutch

When you have insomnia, you're never really asleep, and you're never really awake.
Taken from the movie Fight Club

If you can''t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying; It''s the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep.
Dale Carnegie

It is a thing to wonder when considered whether these children are being treated for insomnia caused by hyperactivity or whether the medication itself causes the insomnia.
Robert Epstein quotes

Impossible to spend sleepless nights and accomplish anything: if, in my youth, my parents had not financed my insomnias, I should surely have killed myself.
E. M. Cioran

Nothing cures insomnia like the realization that it's time to get up.
Author Unknown

I prefer insomnia to anaesthesia.
Antonio Tabucchi

Insomnia is a gross feeder. It will nourish itself on any kind of thinking, including thinking about not thinking.
Clifton Fadiman

Insomnia is my greatest inspiration.
Jon Stewart

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      Bokya 6 years ago

      To discover self... one should have INSOMNIA

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      Charlotte 6 years ago

      Insomnia is the INABILITY to sleep. If you're not sleeping by choice, you don't have insomnia.. While i guess there may be positives to it, generally it's just absolutely awful. I'd give anything to have even one night of decent sleep.

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      scott 6 years ago

      i started working nights about 4 months ago an out of state half the time. insomnia has definitely become apart of my life iv read quotes on just about everything with my time an it was not till i read this tonight with all you other people who are getting stuff done that i realized i should be doing the same haha what a break through

      so thanks im learning german now to make the time pass

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      punk_chyk 6 years ago

      I work 12-hr shifts. And sleep evades me nightly. Its 2:30 a.m., and i have to be at work at 7. FML

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      ja 6 years ago

      4:46am.. hell yeah. im still up. :(

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      nonsleeper 6 years ago

      same here. facebook quotes 2 weeks in a row. thank you insomnia and bulging discs

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      JSpencer 6 years ago

      Rhi, the world record for sleep deprivation (without stimulants) is 264 hours, or 11 days. Either you're lying about your 9 day stretch, or you should push it a bit further and win yourself a spot in The Genis.

      Overall I support the primarily positive approach that the bloggers of this page have taken towards the condition that is insomnia, however, I find it drastically easier to relate with S.Bell's frustration over actually having insomnia. In its earlier stages "insomnia" can be appear rather palatable, particularly when one finds that he/she is capable of remaining focused/productive for longer than most, while still retaining the ability to fall sleep when the work is finished, that is, before he/she starts reaching the point of extreme exhaustion and still cannot make the transition into sleep - true insomnia. There have been 5 occasions in my life where I've [unintentionally] gone 4 days without sleep. At that point, the normal feeling of heavy eyes has morphed into a constant sensation comparable to having worn-down sandpaper on the insides of one's eyelids. This is accompanied by very little physical energy, short-term memory loss, distinct visual/audible hallucinations and on a number of occasions I even had weird and senseless visions. Sounds kind of fun right? It is, but only mildly. It becomes a major annoyance when you've got work or school slowly drawing nearer as the night reaches its end and all you've thought about for 5 hours between lying in bed and sitting up is how you're simply too tired to study effectively and really, REALLY need a good night's sleep, just to find that you literally spent 5 hours doing nothing, except thinking. Cognitive thought is wonderful, sure, but like anything it can be over done. I would NOT recommend that any of you pursue training to your body to mimic a true insomniacs sleep cycle (or lack there of) because you will likely find that converting back can be astoundingly difficult. So, unless you are a poet, song writer, painter, author of fiction, or anything intensely creative, you will probably not benefit from the long-term repercussions that shadow the inability to something as simply and utterly natural as falling asleep.

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      DGBoy54 6 years ago

      What injustice becomes marriage when spouses indulge luxuriant slumber while their mates remit in wakeful solitude.

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      Rhi 6 years ago

      Jillian, same here. This is my 6th day without a wink of sleep. Before that it was 9 days. I thought I needed a quote for f/b tonight as well

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      Jillian 6 years ago

      Its 5:00 in the morning and Im looking for stuff to put on facebook

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      Ali 7 years ago

      i need a switch of button 4 my brain......... waiting to sleep since yrs :(

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      S. Bell 7 years ago

      I definitely feel like half of you are clueless. Being inspired to the point of being unable to sleep seems like mania, while choosing to remain awake because of your inspiration is just dedication. And it's ridiculous to tout all the benefits of the inability to sleep. For the people who hate sleeping and love getting things done, good for you that you get everything accomplished that you possibly can before dropping off to sleep. But what about those of all us who have to do all that and then aren't able to sleep after? Our bodies don't get to conveniently shut down when we finally decide we're done. I've been to both extremes- being unable to stop sleeping (think sixteen hour nights)and then being completely unable to sleep (two to four hour nights interrupted constantly); and there is never an in-between for me. And the truth is that not being able to control your body or even have it function as it ought to is frustrating and wears down on your mental capabilities, no matter which extreme you happen to be at (obviously I'm suffering from insomnia at this point). So while I will be writing a research paper I would have put off if I could have managed to be asleep at three in the morning, I'm going to be writing it with less ease than if I could have put it off until about eight hours from now. And perhaps had I been somewhat rested, I may have found a more diplomatic way to express my sentiments, but as it is I'm damn tired and more frustrated having looked at this than I was before.

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      Sarah Abbott 7 years ago

      If I could figure out to harness the power of isomnia Im sure it could be used as a torture technique.

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      Heaven10 7 years ago

      I believe that a lot of the other comments posted are true. One would be" "Insomnia is 'funny' only when it's not happening to us," that is very true. The other day I had a test for my AP bio class and I think the studying took longer than the test itself (2x). Uh! Life's a drag. I need my meds. Bye. (:

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago


      I can understand that. When I am working over an idea, a passion of mine, I also can't sleep.

      This is another sleepless night for me but due to a completely different reason.

      So, what do they say about Cancers(zodiac sign)? That they are sensitive and get hurt very easily. I am one of those sensitive emotional Cancers.

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      C. J. Lakin 7 years ago

      I'm an aspiring writer, and ever since I began a hopeful novel and became attached to it, sleep has become all but impossible before about 5am! However, I really enjoy Insomnia, and all the beneficiary quotes above are very, very accurate!! Oh, and part of the reason for me not wanting to sleep is one: I don't like waking up in the morning. and two: I can't stop thinking about writing!

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by Wooded! :)

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      Wooded 7 years ago

      This will be great to read again when I can't sleep! Nice hub - Thanks!

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this quote with the rest of us. Liked it!

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      Erin Burns 7 years ago

      This is how it is with insomnia. Everything is so far away, a copy of a copy of a copy. The insomnia distance of everything, you can't touch anything, and nothing can touch you.

      This is a quote from the book fight club. It is one off the things as an insomniac I most relate to.

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      who cares 7 years ago

      “If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying; it’s the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep"

      lack of sleep destroys damages your brain for life, kills neurones that do not reproduce, damages your memory, affects your emotions, your perception and destroys your life, so i disagree

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      Cathy9010 7 years ago

      Insomnia is tireing!!!

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Cally, LOL!!! :)

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      Paul Callaghan 7 years ago from Paraparaumu, New Zealand

      I was going to leave a comment here but I think I'll have to sleep on it. :)

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Hey Martie!

      What a wonderful comment to have on one of your hubs! And of course I don't mind.

      I too rarely go to sleep unless I am extremely tired.

      And thank you for leaving this lovely comment here! :)

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by Msorensson! Some of these quotes talk about benefits of insomnia. :)

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      Martie Coetser 7 years ago from South Africa

      This is my motto: “If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying; it’s the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep.” I am quite surprise to learn that it was already quoted by Dale Carnegie. Earnest Hemmingway, or Winston Churchill – can’t remember which one of the two - had a similar motto. I know one needs sleep, but there is so many exiting things to learn/read/do instead of sleep. So I am hyperactive and sleep only when I’m totally exhausted. I’ve bookmarked this. You are really doing me a favor, Ultimate Hubber. No more Google-searching for quotes by me, I can just hop to your hubs whenever I need a quote. Hence I will link your relevant hubs to mine – if you don’t mind. Thanks!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Funny.. when we read about it but really I feel bad for the people who cannot sleep...



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