Famous People with Sleep Problems

Tue, Sep 1, 2009

Famous People Sleep Problems

Surprisingly enough, many famous people , like any others, happened to suffer from insomnia and other sleep disorders. The following list includes presidents, scientists, political leaders, writers, poets, and many others in different ways of life. It is  also known fact that those people, being exposed to different sleep problems during their lives, had courage and stamina to cope with their problems and maintain healthy night of deep, quite, and peaceful sleep.

Here they are:


Historians of Napoleon claim thathe could get as little as three hours sleep every night.

Napoleon Bonaparte (French: Napoléon Bonaparte French pronunciation: [napoleɔ̃ bɔnɑpaʁt]; 15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) later known as Napoleon I, and previously Napoleone di Buonaparte, was a military and political leader of France whose actions shaped European politics in the early 19th century.


For the most part of his life, as it known, Churchill suffered from insomnia disorder. He also suffered from severe epizodes of depression. Churchill described his depressive condition as his “black dog” personality, which required, he was sying, a very little sleep time.

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874 – 1965) was a British politician known chiefly for his leadership of the United Kingdom during World War II. He served as Prime Minister from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. 




world renown British physist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher, the greatest of all pioneers of scientific observation of the universe, whose name is associated with the laws of gravitation other fandamental discoveries of the modern era, was also known to have suffered from inability to fall sleep, as well as sympthomes of severe depression.

Sir Isaac Newton (1643  – 1727 was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian



The most productive inventor, scientist and physisist in history for the past 150 year with over 1,000 inventions being marketed had also great difficulty in falling asleep.

Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor, scientist and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.



Robet Burns, whose poetry is still studying in schools, was often mentioning about his problem falling asleep at night sleep and following periods of melancholy and anxiety.

Robert Burns (1759 – 1796) (also known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland’s favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as simply The Bard) was a Scottish poet and a lyricist.


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

John Stuart Mill (1806 – 1873), English philosopher, political theorist, political economist, civil servant and Member of Parliament



He is considered by many to have been the most intelligent and able president in American history, 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.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America.



The last known high-quality photograph of Lincoln, taken March 1865 


Other American presidents who were also insomniacs were:

Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865) was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. 

Theodore D. Roosevelt ( 1858 – 1919; also called “T.R. ) was the 26th President of the United States.

Roosevelt’s face on Mount Rushmore



Margaret Hilda Thatcher

 And in more modern times the name of MARGARET THATCHER has been mentioned as someone who had great difficulty in falling asleep

Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher LG, OM, PC, FRS (born 13 October 1925) served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She is the only woman to have held either post.

 Thatcher at the funeral of Ronald Reagan, June 2004 


William Shakespeare

Well known writers, who were known to have suffered from insomnia were
Shakespeare, Dickens, Marcel Proust, and Scott Fitzgerald

 William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s preeminent dramatist.


Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust

Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust (1871 – 1922) was a French novelist, essayist, and critic


Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald

 Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, (1896 – 1940) was an American writer of novels and short stories, whose works are evocative of the Jazz Age, a term he coined himself.

F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1921



Actors and actresses, such as  and Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe ,were also not immune from insomnia:
Archibald Alexander Leach (1904 – 1986), better known by his stage name Cary Grant, was a British-American actor.Marilyn Monroe (1926 –1962), born Norma Jeane Mortenson, but baptized Norma Jeane Baker, was an American actress, singer, comedian and model.


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