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Restless Insomnia Quotes for When You Can’t Sleep

You’re still awake at this hour? Maybe these insomnia quotes will help. 

When was the last time you had a full night’s sleep without restlessly tossing and turning half the night away? If this sounds like you, know that you are not alone. According to a study done by the University of Pennsylvania, insomnia is a pretty common sleep disorder. The study concluded with an estimate that 25% of the adult population struggles with insomnia each year. 

Many factors can keep you from sleeping properly. Factors like anxiety over a big event coming up, being overwhelmed with creative inspiration that comes during the night, or even loneliness can all keep you from getting a proper night’s rest. 

Whatever it is that is keeping you up, take a look at these insomnia quotes to know that you are not alone. 

60 Restless Insomnia Quotes for When You Can’t Sleep

Insomnia quotes for when you’re up all night

1. “My mind decides to run when normal people sleep.” — Unknown

2. “You are the biggest enemy of your own sleep.” — Pawan Mishra

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

4. “Staring at the blue sky causes insomnia to occur in the human.” — Steven Magee

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

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

7. “Life is something that happens when you can’t get to sleep.” — Fran Lebowitz

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

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

10. “Insomnia is my greatest inspiration.” — Jon Stewart

Insomnia quotes for the deep thinkers

11. “My eye lids are heavy, but my thoughts are heavier.” — Unknown

12. “Dear Mind, please stop thinking so much at night, I need sleep.” —Unknown

13. “Sleeplessness is a desert without vegetation or inhabitants.” — Jessalyn West

14. “I want to sleep but my brain won’t stop talking to itself.” — Unknown

15. “I prefer insomnia to anesthesia.” — Antonio Tabucchi

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

17. “Only the insomniac looks on with open eyes, like a cadaver who forgot to die.” — Gyula Krúdy

18. “Dear brain, please shut up.” — Unknown

Funny Insomnia quotes

19. “The best cure for insomnia is a Monday morning.” — Unknown

20. “Sleep is such a luxury, which I can’t afford.” — Robin Sikarwar

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

22. “Error 404 sleep not found.” — Unknown

23. “Nothing cures insomnia like the realization that it’s time to get up.” —Unknown

24. “His insomnia was so bad; he couldn’t sleep during office hours.” —Arthur Baer

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

26. “My day starts backwards … I wake up tired and go to bed wide awake.” — Unknown

27. “Insomnia: A contagious disease often transmitted from babies to parents.” —Shannon Fife

Insomnia quotes about loneliness and fear

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

29. “Not being able to sleep because that certain someone is on your mind.” — Unknown

30. “I am terrified by this dark thing that sleeps in me.” — Unknown

31. “I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death.” — Unknown

32. “The scary thing about having insomnia is not the hours lost for sleeping but the re-run of thoughts you’ve been trying to forget.” — Unknown

33. “The creak of bed springs suffering under the weight of a restless man is as lonely a sound as I know.” — Patrick DeWitt
If you’re enjoying these quotes, make sure to read our collection of lonely quotes to help you navigate solitide.

34. “Sleeping is so hard when you can’t stop thinking about someone.” — Unknown

35. “I can’t go to sleep. You will always be on my mind, even if you are not with me.” — Unknown

Insomnia quotes for when you can’t sleep

36. “Sleep comes more easily than it returns.” — Victor Hugo

37. “When you have insomnia, you’re never really asleep, and you’re never really awake.” — Chuck Palahniuk

38. “The night is the hardest time to be alive and 4am knows all my secrets.” — Poppy Z. Brite

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

40. “Insomnia has this romantic way of making the moon feel like perfect company.” — Sabrina Benaim

41. “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” — Dr. Seuss

42. “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

43. “Insomnia is a vertiginous lucidity that can convert paradise itself into a place of torture.” —Emil Cioran

44. “Insomnia is the violence of the night over a man.” —Victor Marie Hugo

45. “Insomnia is the act of pushing through sleep to achieve the art of insane creativity.” — Todd Stocker

46. “I’ve always envied people who sleep easily. Their brains must be cleaner, the floorboards of the skull well swept, all the little monsters closed up in a steamer trunk at the foot of the bed.” — David Benioff

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

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

49. “It appears that every man’s insomnia is as different from his neighbors as are their daytime hopes and aspirations.” — F Scott Fitzgerald

50. “I wonder why I don’t go to bed and go to sleep. But then it would be tomorrow, so I decide that no matter how tired, no matter how incoherent I am, I can skip on hour more of sleep and live.” — Sylvia Plath

If you’re enjoying these quotes, read our collection of Sylvia Plath quotes from the iconic poet.

Insightful insomnia quotes

51. “Insomnia is an indication, not a chaos. Its like ache. Youre not going to provide a patient ache medicine without figuring out whats reasoning the pain.” — Judith Owens

52. “Between the midnight and the morning: on a given day, that’s the hardest stretch of time to fill.”― Luis Joaquin M Katigbak

53. “Insomnia is just another word for chit chat with the demons during bedtime.” – Daniel Saint

54. “You can hear it in the midst of the night
While your gaze roams the vast plains on the ceiling.”― Erna Grcic

55. “Insomnia never comes to a man who has to get up exactly at 6’ Clock. Insomnia troubles only those who can sleep any time.” – Elbert Hubbard

56. “I find the nights long, for I sleep but little, and think much.”― Charles Dickens

57. “Waking up was a daily cruelty, an affront, and she avoided it by not sleeping.”― Gregory Maguire

58. “Insomnia haunted me like regret.”― K. Weikel

59. “Physical activity within four hours of bedtime and illness can also cause this type of insomnia.” – Alistair Sinclair

60. “A night full of nightmares is way better than a sleepless one.”― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Thought-provoking insomnia quotes

61. “In its early stages, insomnia is almost an oasis in which those who have to think or suffer darkly take refuge.” – Colette

62. “Anyone who has never experienced insomnia cannot be taken seriously as an individual.” – Simon Brass

63. “Whoever says sleep equals laziness is probably a bitter insomniac.” – Joyce Rachelle

If you’re enjoying these quotes, make sure to check out our collection of laziness quotes that will motivate you to get started.

64. “Insomnia can be a gift. More time for reading, writing and walking. More time to live.” – Luigina Sgarro

65. “Insomnia, then, is not just a state of sleeplessness, a matter of negatives. It involves the active pursuit of sleep. It is a state of longing.” – Marina Benjamin

66. “Insomniacs exaggerate the pleasures of sleep.” – Marty Rubin

67. “Some thoughts are too angry to sleep. They lie awake all night and become obsessions.” – Marty Rubin

68. “A little insomnia is not without its value in making us appreciate sleep, in throwing a ray of light upon that darkness.” – Marcel Proust

69. “Sleep deprivation is physically miserable and creatively cathartic, as internal landscapes rise up from their dormant ashes.” – Jaeda DeWalt

70. “Nighttime is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep.” – Catherine O’Hara

More insomnia quotes

71. “I’ve got a bad case of the 3:00 am guilts – you know, when you lie in bed awake and replay all those things you didn’t do right? Because, as we all know, nothing solves insomnia like a nice warm glass of regret, depression and self-loathing.” – D.D. Barant

72. “I only sleep with people I love, which is why I have insomnia.” – Emilie Autumn

73. “That’s the advantage of insomnia. People who go to bed 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

74. “I think insomnia is a sign that a person is interesting.” – Avery Sawyer

75. “It was that sort of sleep in which you wake every hour and think to yourself that you have not been sleeping at all; you can remember dreams that are like reflections, daytime thinking slightly warped.” – Kim Stanley Robinson

76. “I knew this feeling, the 2 a.m. loneliness that I’d practically invented.” – Sarah Dessen

77. “When it becomes really impossible to get away and sleep, then the will to live evaporates of its own accord.” – Louis-Ferdinand Céline

78. “When the world is itself draped in the mantle of night, the mirror of the mind is like the sky in which thoughts twinkle like stars.” – Khushwant Singh

79. “Both sleep and insomnolency, when immoderate, are bad.” – Hippocrates

80. “Persons in whom a crisis takes place pass the night preceding the paroxysm uncomfortably, but the succeeding night generally more comfortably.” – Hippocrates

Feeling sleepy yet?

It’s 2 a.m. in the morning and you need to get up at 6. If you fall asleep now you can get a solid four hours of sleep in. That’s more than last night, right?

Do thoughts like these plague you nightly? If so, don’t let your insomnia win by staying in bed and tossing around all night. Sometimes, one of the best things you can do when you can’t sleep is to get up. If you can’t sleep, get out of bed and pour yourself a glass of milk or Sleepy Time Tea.

Take a warm bubble bath and light a sweet-smelling candle to relax your senses. Or, read a book (bonus points if it’s boring – that will put you right to sleep). Whatever you do, don’t drink alcohol or stare at electronics as both are known sleep disruptors.

While the University of Pennsylvania’s study showed that 25% of adults experience insomnia, the study also found that 75% recover on their own without developing persistent poor sleep or chronic insomnia. 

Did you enjoy these restless insomnia quotes? Which quote is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below. 

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