Famous people who suffered from insomnia

Published: 20th April 2010
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Famous people who suffered from insomnia.

By Dennis Fisher.

Throughout history there have been great numbers of famous people who are known to have suffered from insomnia. The list below includes writers, poets, scientists, political leaders and many others in different walks of life.

In spite of their inability to enjoy the benefits of a full night of deep, peaceful, relaxing sleep, these gifted individuals had the strength of character to cope with their sleep problems and achieve eminence in their lifetime

Napoleon. Napoleon is one striking example of a person who managed to get by on as little as three hours sleep. Another famous personality who appeared to need very little sleep was Winston Churchill.

Winston Churchill. It is a well-known fact that, for the most part of his life, Churchill suffered from insomnia. He also suffered from severe bouts of depression that persisted until old age. Churchill referred to this depressive state as his "black dog".

Sir Isaac Newton. The famous British mathematician, astronomer and philosopher, one of the leading pioneers of scientific discovery, whose name is associated with the laws of gravitation, was also known to have suffered from severe depression and inability to sleep.

Thomas Edison the most famous and prolific inventor in history also had great difficulty in falling asleep.

Robert Burns. The Scottish poet, in his personal writings frequently referred to his fits of melancholy and anxiety and his inability to enjoy the comfort of a full night' sleep.

John Stuart Mill. The famous English economist and philosopher John Stuart Mill was also known to have suffered from bouts of depression and as a result found great difficulty in falling asleep.

Benjamin Franklin, who achieved world renown not only as a statesman and diplomat, but also a scientists and inventor, is also someone who suffered from severe bouts of insomnia.

American presidents who were also insomniacs were

Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.

And in more modern times the name of Margaret Thatcher has been mentioned as someone who had great difficulty in falling asleep.

Well known writers, who were known to have suffered from insomnia were

Shakespeare, Dickens, Marcel Proust, and Scott Fitzgerald.

Actors and actresses were also not immune:

The names of Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe come to mind.

In spite of the discomfort, frustration, stress and tension these famous people must have suffered from insomnia, they still managed to achieve distinction in their chosen fields. They never allowed their insomnia to stand in the way of their goals

It is interesting to note however, that so many of these famous people, forced to cope with their sleep problems, also suffered from problems of depression and anxiety.

It is very difficult to know whether these moods of depression were the result of their insomnia or whether they were due to other unrelated factors. The fact that they were able to achieve such success in spite of their difficulties is something deserving of our admiration and respect. But one can only hazard a guess, how much more they would have accomplished had they been able to enjoy the benefits of health giving, comforting sleep.

The benefits, to both mind and body, of deep, relaxing, refreshing sleep every night are universally recognized. There is no doubt that people are able to function physically far more effectively. They are also able to think far more clearly and work far more productively.

On the other hand, a great deal of research has been carried out recently with regard to health problems that can result from insufficient sleep. There is strong evidence to suggest that sleep deprivation can lead to serious health problems. There appears to be greater risk of heart attacks, diabetes and gastro- intestinal problems.

People who sleep only a few hours every night - either because of the nature of an occupation that is very demanding of their time - or because they suffer from sleep disorders, should make a serious effort to remedy this situation.

If the lack of sleep is due to a personal decision to "get by" on less sleep because they mistakenly believe feel no harm can result, they should do their best to change this

If the sleep deprivation is due to insomnia, the problem is perhaps more difficult. But it is a problem for which solutions can- and definitely should - be found.

Many insomniacs are understandably reluctant to resort to powerful drugs and sleeping pills. But recent research has shown that sleep disorders can definitely be cured without sleeping pills. There are other options available. There are effective solutions for sleeping problems that do not rely on any form of medication. In view of the health problems that lack of sleep could bring, these options should be thoroughly investigated.

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