Can’t Sleep Quotes

If you are like me, you have struggled with insomnia. You know the drill: you try to sleep and then your mind just won’t turn off. It’s all-consuming and it makes it impossible for you to fall asleep. For most people, this happens once in a while but for others, it can be an every night occurrence that causes them to lose precious hours of their lives each day. So what do we do? How do we get some rest? Here are five tips on how I’ve managed my own insomnia over the years:

1) Have a bedtime routine

2) Don’t drink too much caffeine

3) Get plenty of exercise

4) Limit alcohol intake

5) Find ways to relax before bedtime (watch television, read a book, take a bath)

And these quotes help too!

So you can’t sleep? You’re not alone. Celebrities, authors and famous people have been there too! See what they have to say about not being able to sleep.

Can’t sleep unless the TV is on.

Cheyenne Kimball

If he can’t sleep, how will he ever dream?

Eddie Vedder

I can’t sleep the first night in a hotel room.

Michael Keaton

When I can’t sleep, I read a book by Steve Allen.

Oscar Levant

Can’t sleep cause all the dirt make my heart hurt.

Tupac Shakur

I just can’t sleep tonight knowing that things ain’t right.

Justin Bieber

When I can’t sleep I count the buckles on my straightjacket.

Cathie Linz

I can’t sleep,I can’t but when all else fails I just breath…

Pamela Moore

And the trouble with bad times is, you can’t sleep through them.

Jerry Spinelli

I can’t sleep. Too many thoughts running through my useless head.

Simone Elkeles

When I’m worried and I can’t sleep I count my blessings instead of sheep.

Irving Berlin

Now, on nights that I can’t sleep, I play video games alone until the morning.

Namie Amuro

Your love is nothing I can’t fight. Can’t sleep with a man who dims my shine.

Lady Gaga

I’m so tired, but I can’t sleep. Standing on the edge of something much too deep.

Sarah McLachlan

I can’t sleep. There’s always somebody not getting treatment. I can’t stand that.

Paul Farmer

What good are fans? You can’t eat applause for breakfast. You can’t sleep with it.

Bob Dylan

If you can’t sleep, count sheep. Don’t count endangered animals. You will run out.

Mitch Hedberg

At night when I can’t sleep, I play blackjack online until I get tired or I lose my money.

Nicky Hilton

There is not enough interest in life to spread over twenty-four hours when one can’t sleep.

Madame de Stael

Brighton gives me the heebie-jeebies. When I’m near the seafront I can’t sleep, I can’t eat.

Paul McGann

I got problems, can’t sleep at night. Cause your girl wanna come around and freak all night.

Mac Miller

I start work at 7 A.M. and write all day, seven days a week. If I don’t write, I can’t sleep.

Anthony Horowitz

If a good man can’t sleep after hurting people, then he should learn much more to be a leader.

Toba Beta

I can’t eat and I can’t sleep. I’m not doing well in terms of being a functional human, you know~?

Ned Vizzini

The only time I can’t sleep is on a plane, when I am literally keeping it in the air with my brain.

Natalie Massenet

Ego can’t sleep. It micro-manages. It disempowers. It reduces our capability. It excels in control.

Robert K. Greenleaf

The reasons we can’t sleep at night are usually the same reasons we don’t truly live during the day.

Michael Xavier

When I can’t sleep, I don’t count sheep. I count lovers. And by the time I reach 38 or 39, I’m asleep.

Miriam Hopkins

I love ghost stories but I can’t really watch them, especially not by myself because then I can’t sleep.

Laurie Holden

When you have a baby, sleep is not an option. You can’t sleep. Even on vacation, you wake up at 6:30 a.m.

Jimmy Fallon

I can’t wait to wake up and try something new. I can’t sleep at night because I want to try something new.

Rodney Mullen

If you can’t eat it, can’t sleep under it, can’t wear it or make something from it, it’s not worth anything.

Don Young

Mercy: Can’t sleep with a dead man in my closet. Ben: You killed someone? Ben asked with interest.

Patricia Briggs

I can’t sleep without the TV on. It doesn’t matter where it is. I don’t like silence. My ears ring from loud music.

Marilyn Manson

When I’m worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep. And I fall asleep … counting my blessings.

Bing Crosby

When I can’t sleep, I’ll start thinking about how many shows I’ve done, count up the number of television shows and movies.

Robert Wagner

When we lost, I couldn’t sleep at night. When we win, I can’t sleep at night. But, when you win, you wake up feeling better.

Joe Torre

Well enough for old folks to rise early, because they have done so many mean things all their lives they can’t sleep anyhow.

Mark Twain

Turkey’s great if you’re one of those people who can’t sleep on planes because when the tryptophan kicks in, it’s no problem.

Mike Pesca

I can’t imagine what possessed you to propose to me.” “Well that will give you something to puzzle over any time you can’t sleep.

Georgette Heyer

Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can’t sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can’t sleep with the window open.

George Bernard Shaw

If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.

Dale Carnegie

You can’t sleep your way into being a star. It takes much, much more. But it helps a lot of actresses get their first chance that way.

Marilyn Monroe

You can’t sleep until noon with the proper elan unless you have some legitimate reason for staying up until three (parties don’t count).

Jean Kerr

I can’t sleep. There is a woman stuck between my eyelids. I would tell her to get out if I could. But there is a woman stuck in my throat.

Eduardo Galeano

You can want success all you want, but to get it, you can’t falter. You can’t slip. You can’t sleep. One eye open, for real, and forever.


Rappers can’t sleep, need sleepin’, B.I.G. keep creepin’, Bullets heat-seekin’, Casualties need treatin’, Dumb rappers need teachin’.

The Notorious B.I.G.

You can’t sleep. Broke people sleep. You got to be willing to sacrifice sleep, if you sleep you may miss the opportunity to be successful.

Eric Thomas

I’m terrified of writing at night, for then I can’t sleep. So I start slowly, slowly writing in the morning and go on into the late afternoon.

Italo Calvino

Sometimes if I can’t sleep and I am up in the night, I will start researching things – it could be an image I’ve seen, or a book I am reading.

Georgina Chapman

I will make myself sick on films, just because you want everything to be right. I can’t sleep if something hasn’t been done or is out of place.

Sandra Bullock

I can hear my heart beating. I can hear my stomach growling. I can hear my teeth grinding and my joints creaking. My body’s so noisy, I can’t sleep.

Charles M. Schulz

Why are you lying awake, thinking that you’re a terrible person? To keep my mind occupied when I can’t sleep. Some people count sheep. I self-loathe.

Rainbow Rowell

Three o’clock in the morning. The soft April night is looking at my windows and caressingly winking at me with its stars. I can’t sleep, I am so happy.

Anton Chekhov

I can’t sleep with you tonight, baby, my head’s all messed up, you’ve no idea. It’s somewhere else and it’s full of voices and songs and bad things …

Hanif Kureishi

I always sleep on my own. I can’t sleep with somebody else. Always separate bedrooms, bathrooms and closets. I’m very individual and I want my own space.

Bruno Tonioli

I sometimes get up at night when I can’t sleep and walk down into my library and open one of my books and read a paragraph and say, ‘My God, did I write that?

Ray Bradbury

I think my character’s getting to the point where he can’t even eat spaghetti with red sauce anymore, where he has horrible nightmares, he can’t sleep anymore.

George Eads

If you can’t sleep at night because of your stock market position, then you have gone too far. If this is the case, then sell your position down to the sleeping level.

Jesse Lauriston Livermore

Poor people have the blues because they’re poor and hungry. Rich people can’t sleep at night because they’re trying to hold on to their money and everything they have.

John Lee Hooker

I like the paranormal side a lot; that’s my favorite kind of horror movie because it plays on your fear of the dark and makes you go home, and you can’t sleep at night.

Shanley Caswell

I can’t sleep in an isolated place without pills, earplugs, and both my children in bed with me for fear of scary, feral characters with a hankering for the wilderness.

Mariella Frostrup

I can’t sleep in the evenings. Most of the pictures people see of me are me going to work events: a Fendi dinner one night, a Prada dinner the next, and working all day.

Cara Delevingne

I have these slumber parties with my father [Steve Tyler], and when we can’t sleep we stay up all night trading beauty tips. He knows all about the good creams and masks.

Liv Tyler

I can’t sleep without knowing there’s hope. Half the night I waste in sighs. In a wakeful doze I sorrow. For the hands, for the lips… the eyes. For the meeting of tomorrow.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

When I read the script sometimes, it’s like ‘Christ! Enough!’ I can’t sleep at night sometimes. There’s the occasional script that just hammers you, that you can’t shower off.

Mariska Hargitay

It’s hard ‘coz you have got different time zones; you can’t sleep and y’know, it’s boring way for the show to happen, but you do off the stage. Y’know, onstage it’s all better.

Kerry King

My heart is broken. It really is. All the signs are there. I can’t sleep- not even burgers. Every time the phone rings, my pulse leaps… But it’s never for me, it’s never him.

Meg Cabot

It was an hour and a half plane ride, so I slept. I try to sleep because that’s probably the only time I get to get my real sleep. When I can’t sleep I read books or watch movies.

Keren Ann

I get my most creative energy after a show, so I love to go back to the hotel and compose new material. I generally do it in a rush. I have to get it out, otherwise I can’t sleep.

Jason Mraz

You grow ravenous. You run fevers. You know exhilarations. You can’t sleep at night, because your beast-creature ideas want out and turn you in your bed. It is a grand way to live.

Ray Bradbury

I can’t sleep very well at night. It takes me a while to get to sleep. I could just be nocturnal. I have my nighttime witching hour where I hang out, listen to records or watch TV.

Billie Joe Armstrong

I don’t sleep. I wait. I sleep in cars and on couches. I sleep when I can, but when I can’t sleep, I just don’t, so I figure there’s a higher calling keeping me on point that night.

Charlie Sheen

I feel like I get really energetic and hyper. If I do well in a show, I can’t sleep afterwards. If I don’t do well, I get kinda drained. I think because it’s like a battle on stage.

Charlyne Yi

When I can’t sleep, I always wrap something around my neck and close my eyes and imagine myself being strangled to death. Then I can fall asleep–it feels like sinking deep underwater.


I put my heart, soul and tears into the game and this is what I get. I don’t know what to do. My wife can’t sleep at night. I hold my daughter all night. I am ashamed I played cricket.

Kapil Dev

Whenever I’m sad I’m going to die, or so nervous I can’t sleep, or in love with somebody I won’t be seeing for a week, I slump down just so far and then I say: ‘I’ll go take a hot bath.

Sylvia Plath

Typically, when you have a depressed individual, they feel hopeless. They feel miserable. Their mind is racing, their heart is pounding. They feel anxious. They feel exhausted yet they can’t sleep.

Dale Archer

I can’t sleep, I can’t eat, I can’t do anything but think about him. At night I dream of him, all day I wait to see him, and when I do see him my heart turns over and I think I will faint with desire.

Philippa Gregory

I’m a mess right now I can’t eat can’t sleep Bills are piling high ain’t worked in three weeks Ain’t bathed can’t shave cause my heart is so tender like living in a blender I’m shaken and I’m stirred.

Anthony Hamilton

Success is meaningless if you can’t sleep at night because of harsh things said, petty secrets sharpened against hard and stony regret, just waiting to be plunged into the soft underbelly of a ‘friendship.’

Margaret Cho

Like you and your woman ain’t gettin’ along and you’re in love. You can’t sleep at nights. Your mind is on her – on whatever. You know, that’s the blues. You can’t hug that money at night. You can’t kiss it.

John Lee Hooker

It’s 2 o’clock in the morning and I just can’t sleep Outside the rain is pourin’, I’m lonely as can be Maybe tonight’ll be different than the nights before I need to feel someone beside me, I can’t be alone no more.


I define “grindin'” as just nonstop work! Nonstop work, nonstop progress. Can’t sleep during that grind – I mean, you get a little bit of it, but if you’re progressin’ at every hour, every second, you are grindin’.

Ace Hood

Basically, I can’t sleep without every single song I’m writing repeating endlessly, but I’m loving it again. Embracing the torture, as I’m assaulted by my own thoughts. Like a locust giving birth to earworms. Eeeeew!

Lady Gaga

Do you ever do that thing where you lie in bed and you can’t sleep so you end up writing out recent conversation you’ve had? So they look like a play?’ Well you should. It’s fun. I keep them. Look through them, sometimes.

Nick Hornby

The Fulton Fish Market will be more of an odor than a landmark at this time of day, but it really swings out at four o’clock in the morning – another Timothy ‘Speed’ Levitch recommendation if you can’t sleep and you like fish.

Timothy Levitch

When I was meeting people in L.A., guys always thought if they paid for dinner, they deserved a blow job. But generally, I’ll say this – and I’ll say it proudly – I can’t sleep with someone if I don’t have a connection with them.

Katy Perry

“I can’t sleep” answered the nervous one. “Why not?” asked the friend. “I am carrying so much cotton that I can’t sleep thinking about. It is wearing me out. What can I do?” “Sell down to the sleeping point”, answered the friend.

Jesse Lauriston Livermore

I’ve never told anyone this before, but I’m an obsessive-compulsive. I go back to my hotel room every evening and put the coat hangers back in order and open my bag and rearrange it. It takes a lot of my time, but if I don’t do it I can’t sleep.

Freida Pinto

We are all individuals. I can’t eat for you and you can’t eat for me. I can’t sleep for you and you can sleep for me. We are absolutely all individuals. When our purpose is fulfilled, it feels beautiful. That is, to me, the feeling of fulfillment.

Prem Rawat

The reason I wrote ‘I’m Too Young for This!’ is to spare young women the suffering of hormonal loss – and it is true suffering. You can’t sleep, you gain weight for no reason, you bloat for no reason, your moods are altered, and your sex drive is diminished.

Suzanne Somers

You’ve only got to begin to do anything to find out how few honest, honourable people there are. Sometimes, when I can’t sleep, I think: “Oh Lord, you’ve given us huge forests, infinite fields, and endless horizons, and we, living here, ought really to be giants.

Anton Chekhov

Failure is an option. It’s what you do with the failure that makes you who you are. Our failures mold us. I have failed at several things in my life. What sets some of us apart, is that when we fail, we can’t sleep at night. It haunts us until we have our time at redemption.

David Goggins

For some people, fame kills it and becomes more important than the music or the performance. But for me, fame is like rocket fuel. The more my fans like what I’m doing, the more I want to give back to them. And my passion is so strong I can’t sleep – I haven’t slept for three days.

Lady Gaga

I saw your name in lights last night. It’s the middle of the night, and I can’t sleep, thinking all my trumpeting thoughts, and I get out of bed, open the curtains, and look into the night full of stars, and you know what I saw? Your name. Like the stars joined up and spelled the word for me. Like a sign.

Jaclyn Moriarty

I’m supposed to be a christian, but most days I don’t feel like I can even presume to say that about myself any longer. I have a lot of mad left over. When I can’t sleep, I think about the other people who didn’t care how much pain and trouble they caused me. And I think about how good I’d feel if they died.

Charlaine Harris

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