Did you know that these celebrities suffer from insomnia?

Dr. Craig Hudson, MD | October 21, 2016


Insomnia can strike anyone at any time, no matter what their status or how much is in their bank account. An estimated 30% of the population suffers from some form of insomnia. Many celebrities, have admitted to struggling with insomnia and its host of unpleasant symptoms. Here are a few celebrities who have shared their plight:

Lady Gaga

Back in 2010, Lady Gaga told OK! Magazine that her overactive mind was keeping her up at night. At the time of the interview, the songstress confessed that she had not slept in three days. While that might seem like an exaggeration, many people experience attribute a racing mind as the source of their insomnia.

George Clooney

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Clooney explained that he used TV as a sleep aid, something sleep experts strongly advise against as the variance in noises can actually disrupt sleep rhythms. This may be the reason why the actor also experiences interrupted sleep during the night, sometimes waking up as often as five times a night.  

Rihanna

While she has not specifically used the word “insomnia,” Rihanna often takes to her Twitter account to lament about here sleeping issues. After her 2011 world tour came to a close, the singer famously tweeted: “Suddenly all the silence is being drowned by my thoughts! No sleep”

Sandra Bullock

After adopting her son, Bullock confessed to running on only three hours of sleep per night. The actress explained that she chose to sacrifice sleep so that she could spend more time with her son. Many parents are guilty of this and while it is a noble sacrifice, the lack of sleep is actually detrimental to cognitive abilities, putting parents and their babies in harm’s way.

Ariana Huffington

In her book The Sleep Revolution, the Huffington Post’s founder discusses the importance of sleep, a lesson she had to learn the hard way. In 2007, Huffington struggled to find enough hours in the day between her demanding career and raising her children. Like many career driven parents do, Huffington chose to survive on caffeine and three to four hours of shut eye. Her consequence for pushing her body to its limit was suddenly collapsing.

Kim Cattrall

The actress touched on her struggle with insomnia in a Radio Times interview referring to her struggle with the disorder as “debilitating.” Cattrall was even forced to drop out of a production of the play Linda in 2015 because of it. She elected to undergo cognitive behavior therapy to treat it, an approach that many insomniacs with anxiety have found helpful.

For many people, even celebrities, sleep is something that does not rank high on their list of priorities, especially when busy schedules and demanding jobs must come first. But, as these celebrities have learned, sacrificing sleep comes at a cost.