Insomnia quotes (55+ list)

In this brief guide, we are going to provide a list of insomnia quotes, discuss what causes insomnia and how you can get to sleep better.

What causes insomnia?

Insomnia can be caused by a lot of emotional and physical issues including anxiety, stress, depression. 

Insomnia will also worsen the condition of your anxiety, stress and depression.

Other common emotional and psychological causes include anger, worry, grief, bipolar disorder, and trauma

When you have insomnia are you never really asleep?

“When you have insomnia, you’re never really asleep as you constantly feel somewhat conscious of your inability to fall asleep properly.

It may feel like your mind is constantly racing.

What is the best treatment for insomnia?

The best treatment for insomnia is Cognitive behavioural therapy.

It can help you isolate the issues that care to cause you to suffer from insomnia and therefore make you sleep better.

Using CBT as a treatment is much better than medications.

What to do when you can’t sleep?

If you can’t sleep you can read a book, maybe some insomnia quotes

  • You can listen to music which makes you sleep
  • You may want to try listening to ASMR as it might make you sleep. There are a few big ASMR channels on youtube.
  • Turning off the light to your room may make you sleep
  • Exercising at night may also make you sleep easier as you feel much tired
  • Avoid drinking any caffeinated drinks before you go to sleep
  • Try and meditate

Is insomnia a sign of cancer?

Insomnia isn’t a sign of cancer as it could result due to a lot of things but the risk of having insomnia increases as you get older and with a serious illness such as cancer.

Insomnia can often worsen other cancer-related conditions and symptoms, such as pain, fatigue, depression, or anxiety.

What foods cause insomnia?

The foods below are more likely to cause insomnia:

  • Caffeine.
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • goji berries
  • Alcohol
  • Aged foods
  • Fermented foods
  • Cured foods
  • Smoked foods
  • cultured foods such as salami, cheese, sauerkraut, red wine, etc.
  • Sugar, Flour, and other Refined Carbohydrates.

Is insomnia a mental illness?

Insomnia isn’t a mental illness itself but it can be a symptom of other mental illnesses such as  anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Can Insomnia Be Dangerous?

Yes, insomnia can be dangerous as it could lead to high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, diabetes, and other ailments.

Insomnia quotes

“  “Insomnia is a variant of Tourette’s–the waking brain races, sampling the world after the world has turned away, touching it everywhere, refusing to settle, to join the collective nod. The insomniac brain is a sort of conspiracy theorist as well, believing too much in its own paranoiac importance–as though if it were to blink, then doze, the world might be overrun by some encroaching calamity, which its obsessive musings are somehow fending off.”

― Jonathan Lethem, Motherless Brooklyn     “

“    “Oh God, midnight’s not bad, you wake and go back to sleep, one or two’s not bad, you toss but sleep again. Five or six in the morning, there’s hope, for dawn’s just under the horizon. But three, now, Christ, three A.M.! Doctors say the body’s at low tide then. The soul is out. The blood moves slow. You’re the nearest to dead you’ll ever be save dying. Sleep is a patch of death, but three in the morn, full wide-eyed staring, is living death! You dream with your eyes open. God, if you had strength to rouse up, you’d slaughter your half-dreams with buckshot! But no, you lie pinned to a deep well-bottom that’s burned dry. The moon rolls by to look at you down there, with its idiot face. It’s a long way back to sunset, a far way on to dawn, so you summon all the fool things of your life, the stupid lovely things done with people known so very well who are now so very dead – And wasn’t it true, had he read somewhere, more people in hospitals die at 3 A.M. than at any other time…”

― Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes    “

“  Insomnia always reminded me of switching off the old computer we had in our house when I was a kid. As it prepared to make the screen go black, a popup box would appear saying: ‘Windows is shutting down.’ Whenever I was unable to sleep it always left me feeling trapped in that state. Unfortunately I couldn’t unplug the power cord or remove the battery to force my brain into hibernation. So I had to lie there, staring at the ceiling in a world of my own.

ALAN O’MARA, The Best Is Yet To Come     “

Insomnia quotes

“  “Have you ever watched one thing? – whatsoever is your last thought in the night will be your first thought in the morning.

That’s why all the religions have insisted on one praying before one goes to sleep, so the last thought remains of prayer, the last thought remains of god, and it goes and sinks into one’s heart. The whole night it remains like an aroma around you – it fills your inner space, and in the morning when you awake, again it is there.”

― Osho, For madmen only: Price of admission: your mind     “

“   “It was the middle of the night, and Bingo couldn’t sleep. The ground was hard, but he was used to that. . . .His blanket was dirty and smelled disgusting, but he was used to that too. A tune kept going through his head, and he couldn’t get it out of his mind. It was the Wendels’ victory song.”

― Michael de Larrabeiti, The Borribles Go for Broke    “

“     That’s the advantage of insomnia. People who go to be early always complain that the night is too short, but for those of us who stay up all night, it can feel as long as a lifetime. You get a lot done.

Banana Yoshimoto   “

“   If you have insomnia, it’s important to know you’re not alone; there are millions of people also struggling with their sleep. Talk about what you’re going through with others, including your doctor, and continue trying new things to help manage your insomnia. Christina Applegate”

Insomnia quotes

“    “It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterward.” — Baltasar Gracian   “

“    When I was a child, I suffered from insomnia. Summer nights, my parents permitted me to sit by the lake; I took the dog for company. Did I say “suffered”? That was my parents’ way of explaining tastes that seemed to them inexplicable: better “suffered” than “preferred to live with the dog.”

LOUISE GLUCK, “Prism”   “

“   A flock of sheep that leisurely pass by One after one; the sound of rain, and bees Murmuring; the fall of rivers, winds and seas, Smooth fields, white sheets of water, and pure sky – I’ve thought of all by turns, and still I lie Sleepless.

William Wordsworth     “

“   The whispering curtains confiding little chillnesses to us, as the passing of the evening dolls familiar scents and the insomnia-ridden zombies take perches, or abandon them, as in accordance with strange and un-sensitive laws. It is not like passion. It is not like the night seizing men with the singular ability to wake at all hours. It is propriety and stoic.

MATT MARKONIS, Prose-Poems    “

Insomnia quotes

“      Insomnia, impalpable Animal!

Is your love only cerebral?

That you came and are delighted to spy,

Under your evil eye, the man chewing

His sheets, writhing and stewing

With ennui … under your black diamond eye.


“   “The problem is that people can’t sleep when they want to, but if they are forbidden to do so, they can’t help dropping off. So the method consisted of keeping your eyes wide open and fixing your gaze on some point of the bedroom wall. If by any chance you shut your eyes, hundreds of nasty little demons would pour out of the spot and eat you up. And you are absolutely not allowed to treat this as a joke.. According to Marc, you invariably fall asleep after ten minutes max, unless of course you replace the little devils with little fairies, which would stop you falling asleep at all.”

― Fred Vargas, The Accordionist    “

“    Physical activity within four hours of bedtime and illness can also cause this type of insomnia.

Alistair Sinclair    “

“   “A long boozy dinner in the East Village with people you need to impress. After dinner, more drinks down the street. After those drinks, more drinks at your hotel’s rooftop bar. After that, hours on the sofa in your room staring at CNN, shaking, afraid to go to sleep because it will lead to waking up.”

― Kristi Collier    “

Insomnia quotes

“  It is tempting to think of this form of insomnia, the inability to fall asleep, as a disease of agency and control: the inability to relinquish high self-reflexive consciousness for the vulnerable, ignorant regions of slumber in which we know not what we do. Siri Hustvedt


“   “Your dreams may seem impossible to someone with insomnia.” —Junnita Jackson    “

“    Now, blessings light on him that first invented sleep!Ê It covers a man all over, thoughts and all, like a cloak; it is meat for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, heat for the cold, and cold for the hot.Ê It is the current coin that purchases all the pleasures of the world cheap, and the balance that sets the king and the shepherd, the fool and the wise man, even.

Miguel de Cervantes    “

 “I think the most common cause of insomnia is simple; it’s loneliness.” —Heath Ledger     “

“ My mother told me I must have slept, it was impossible not to sleep in all that time, but if I slept, it was with my eyes wide open, for I had followed the green, luminous course of the second hand and the minute hand and the hour hand of the bedside clock through their circles and semi-circles, every night for seven nights, without missing a second, or a minute, or an hour.

The reason I hadn’t washed my clothes or my hair was because it seemed so silly.

I saw the days of the year stretching ahead like a series of bright, white boxes, and separating one box from another was sleep, like a black shade. Only for me, the long perspective of shades that set off one box from the next had suddenly snapped up, and I could see day after day after day glaring ahead of me like a white, broad, infinitely desolate avenue.

It seemed silly to wash one day when I would only have to wash again the next.

It made me tired just to think of it.

I wanted to do everything once and for all and be through with it.”

Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar  “

Insomnia quotes

  “Finally, as the sky began to grow light in the morning, I’d feel that I might be drifting off. But that wasn’t sleep. My fingertips were just barely brushing against the outermost edge of sleep. And all the while, my mind was awake. I would feel a hint of drowsiness, but my mind was there, in its own room, on the other side of a transparent wall, watching me. My physical self was drifting through the feeble morning light, and all the while it could feel my mind staring, breathing, close beside it. I was both a body on the verge of sleep and a mind determined to stay awake.

The incomplete drowsiness would continue on and off all day. My head was always foggy. I couldn’t get an accurate fix on the things around me—their distance or mass or texture. The drowsiness would overtake me at regular, wavelike intervals: on the subway, in the classroom, at the dinner table. My mind would slip away from my body. The world would sway soundlessly. I would drop things. My pencil or my purse or my fork would clatter to the floor. All I wanted was to throw myself down and sleep. But I couldn’t. The wakefulness was always there beside me. I could feel its chilling shadow. It was the shadow of myself. Weird, I would think as the drowsiness overtook me, I’m in my own shadow. I would walk and eat and talk to people inside my drowsiness. And the strangest thing was that no one noticed. I lost fifteen pounds that month, and no one noticed. No one in my family, not one of my friends or classmates, realized that I was going through life asleep.

It was literally true: I was going through life asleep. My body had no more feeling than a drowned corpse. My very existence, my life in the world, seemed like a hallucination. A strong wind would make me think that my body was about to be blown to the end of the earth, to some land I had never seen or heard of, where my mind and body would separate forever. Hold tight, I would tell myself, but there was nothing for me to hold on to.

― Haruki Murakami   “

“    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


 “Yimello,’ said Bernard finally, breaking the silence.

‘Gesundheit?’ I asked.

‘It’s a name for one of the colors that’s invisible to us. Yimello,” said Bernard. “There could also be glowl and novaly and replitz.”

‘Yes.’ I nodded, stunned the kid could actually string together so many words at once. ‘And, uh, don’t forget the beautiful grynn, the luminous dulloff, or the subtle winooze.’

Bernard’s face lit up. He stood and started pacing the room, speaking quickly. ‘Or salty, and insomnia, and carefree, and talkative, and lonely, and burnt, and punctual.’

‘Some of my favorite colors,’ I agreed, nodding. ‘We could paint this room whisper. Or zigzag. Or maybe a nice shade of ignored and invisible.

― Michelle Cuevas, Confessions of an Imaginary Friend     “

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

Insomnia quotes

“    Not long ago, in response to a spell of insomnia, I learned some of the principles of meditation, to empty my mind piece by piece. It was like the old game of jacks – cautiously lifting each jack clear of its neighbor until only the empty background remained. Thomas McGuane


“   It’s a rare book that wins the battle against drooping eyelids. —Tracy Chevalier   “

“   The endless ocean was his sole companion , and on some deeply sentimental level, it seemed sufficient. Almost apt. He aligned himself with Thoreau and Tolstoy, he felt like their peers. The kinship with nature devoted humans to a mythical state, a heightened persona beyond the reach of mere mortals. At least that was what he told himself on the lonely nights when insomnia played on his fears and the howling wind pierced through his soul.

― Adelheid Manefeldt, Consequence     “

“  Insomnia is a very prevalent issue. It’s a women’s health issue, and I chose to talk about it because so many people have experienced it to varying degrees. For me, I’m doing great now, but it took a lot of work to figure out how to get back to sleep. I had to change some of my habits. I developed some pretty bad sleep ritual habits. Jenny Lewis


Insomnia quotes

“I’m an insomniac, my mind works the night shift.” —Pete Wentz      “

“   “Waldo, I say-that is-aren’t you tired, my boy?” Professor Buckley, suppressing a yawn, was unaccustomed to others matching his wakefulness wink for wink, as it were, and seemed jealous of the competition Waldo presented in that regard.

“Who can sleep?” Waldo replied. “We’re on another of these crazy roads, we can’t find the interstate….”

“Yes, I suppose you’re right.” The Professor interrupted, taking off his thick spectacles and polishing them on his bright tie. “I, on the other hand, never sleep, as I’m sure you’re aware.”

Waldo smiled. The Professor had little in life to be vain about, and he wasn’t going to stop him from expressing a little pride now and then.”

― Donald Jeffries, The Unreals     “

“   “Who sleeps at night? No one is sleeping.

In the cradle a child is screaming.

An old man sits over his death, and anyone

young enough talks to his love, breathes

into her lips, looks into her eyes.”

― Marina Tsvetaeva    “

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If you are suffering from insomnia, depression, anxiety, loneliness or any similar mental health issue then seeking help for it may be a good option.

Mental health issues such as depression, loneliness and anxiety can affect anyone of us.

If you are under 18 then CAMHS, an NHS run programme may just be the answer for your mental health struggles.

You should look to see if you meet the CAMHS referral criteria and then fill in the CAMHS referral form.

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