Health & Wellbeing

100+ Sleep Quotes

Did you know, on average we spend 26 years sleeping in our lives, so it’s to be expected that people have a lot to say about it. From funny to inspiring, and wise words from Shakespeare himself, here are 100+ quotes about sleep.

Funny Sleep Quotes

  1. “I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” – Ernest Hemingway

  2. “There is no sunrise so beautiful that it is worth waking me up to see it.” – Mindy Kaling

  3. “Never waste any time you can spend sleeping.” – Frank H. Knight

  4. “Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.” – Anthony Burgess

  5. “If you’re going to do something tonight that you’ll be sorry for in the morning, sleep late.” – Henny Youngman

  6. “Nothing cures insomnia like the realization that it’s time to get up.” – Anonymous

  7. “There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.” – Homer
  8. “It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.” – John Steinbeck
  9. “There is no hope for a civilization which starts each day to the sound of an alarm clock.” – Anonymous
  10. “Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.” – Phyllis Diller
  11. Who said nights were for sleep? Marilyn Monroe
  12. When people tell me “You’re going to regret that in the morning”, I sleep in until noon because I’m a problem solver. Unknown
  13. We used to sleep five to a bed and three of them used to wet the bed. I learnt to swim before I could walk. Bernard Manning
  14. Those who snore always fall asleep first. Unknown
  15. They call it the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it. George Carlin
  16. There is no sunrise so beautiful that it is worth waking me up to see it. Mindy Kaling
  17. There are two types of people in this world, good and bad. The good sleep better, but the bad seem to enjoy the waking hours much more. Woody Allen
  18. The lion and the calf shall lie down together, but the calf won’t get much sleep. Woody Allen
  19. The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more. Wilson Mizener
  20. Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep. Albert Camus
  21. Some national parks have long waiting lists for camping reservations. When you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong. George Carlin
  22. Sleep when your baby sleeps. Everyone knows this classic tip, but I say why stop there? Scream when your baby screams. Take Benadryl when your baby takes Benadryl. And walk around pantless when your baby walks around pantless. Tina Fey
  23. Sleep is like a cat: It only comes to you if you ignore it. Gillian Flynn
  24. People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one. Leo J. Burke
  25. No civilized person goes to bed the same day he gets up. Richard Harding Davis
  26. Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night. Dave Barry
  27. My mother told me to follow my dreams, so I took a nap. Unknown
  28. Many things – such as loving, going to sleep, or behaving unaffectedly – are done worst when we try hardest to do them. C. S. Lewis
  29. Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone. Anthony Burgess
  30. Late last night I slew my wife, Stretched her on the parquet flooring; I was loathe to take her life, But I had to stop her snoring! Harry Graham
  31. If you’re going to do something tonight that you’ll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late. Henry Youngman
  32. If you are a student you should always get a good night’s sleep unless you have come to the good part of your book, and then you should stay up all night and let your schoolwork fall by the wayside, a phrase which means ‘flunk’. Lemony Snicket
  33. 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
  34. I’m trying to read a book on how to relax, but I keep falling asleep. Jim Loy
  35. I think sleeping was my problem in school. If school had started at four in the afternoon, I’d be a college graduate today. George Foreman
  36. I love to sleep. Do you? Isn’t it great? It really is the best of both worlds. You get to be alive and unconscious. Rita Rudner
  37. I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know? Ernest Hemingway
  38. Happiness is waking up, looking at the clock and finding that you still have two hours left to sleep. Charles M. Schulz
  39. Everyone should have kids. They are the greatest joy in the world. But they are also terrorists. You’ll realize this as soon as they are born and they start using sleep deprivation to break you. Ray Romano
  40. Early to rise, early to bed, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. James Thurber
  41. Early to bed and early to rise probably indicates unskilled labor. John Ciardi
  42. Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives. William Charles Dement
  43. Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunk Christian. Herman Melville
  44. A professor is someone who talks in someone else’s sleep. W. H. Auden
  45. A day without a nap is like a cupcake without frosting. Terri Guillemets
  46. “I’m going to bed” really means “I’m going to lie in my bed and go on my phone”. Unknown
  47. "In the morning you beg to sleep more, in the afternoon you are dying to sleep, and at night you refuse to sleep.""
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  48. "Why do they call it beauty sleep when you wake up looking terrible?""
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  49. “People say ""go big or go home"" like going home is a bad thing. Heck yeah I want to go home, and I'll have a nap when I get there.""
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  50. “Just once I'd like to wake up, turn on the news, and hear ""Monday has been cancelled,"" and then go back to sleep.""
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  51. “I was gonna take over the world today but I overslept. Postponed, again""
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  52. “I believe there should be a better way to start each day... instead of waking up every morning.""
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  53. “I'm so good at sleeping that I can do it with my eyes closed.""
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  54. "The future is shaped by your dreams, so stop wasting time and go to sleep!" Unknown
  55. “He's so lazy that if there were work in bed, he would rather sleep on the floor." Unknown
  56. “I'm off to club bed, featuring DJ Pillow and MC Blanky."
    Unknown
  57. “Me and my bed are perfect for each other, but my alarm clock keeps trying to break us up." - Unknown

  58. “When I'm at work I can fall asleep instantly, but when I'm in my bed I can hardly fall asleep." - Unknown

  59. “Don't give up on your dreams so soon, sleep longer." - Unknown

  60. “I lost my teddy bear, can I sleep with you?" - Unknown

  61. “At night, I can't fall asleep. In the morning, I can't get up." - Unknown

  62. “In the morning I can't eat, I'm thinking of you. In the evening I can't eat, I'm thinking of you. In the night I can't sleep.. I'm so hungry!" - Unknown

  63. “When people tell me ""You're going to regret that in the morning,"" I sleep in until noon because I'm a problem solver." - Unknown

  64. “My bed is a magical place where I suddenly remember everything I forgot to do." - Unknown

  65. “I always say ""morning"" instead of ""good morning"", because if it was a good morning, I'd still be asleep." - Unknown

  66. “Me: We need to fall asleep. Brain: No, let's stay awake and think about every decision we made today." - Unknown

  67. “I want to sleep but my brain won't stop talking to itself." - Unknown

  68. “I wish I was a kid again so everyone would be proud of me for taking a long nap." - Unknown

  69. “Those who snore always fall asleep first." - Unknown

  70. “I have 206 bones, 650 muscles and 50 billion cells in my body. It takes time to wake up all of them up in the morning." - Unknown

  71. “When I die, I want to go peacefully like my Grandfather did, in his sleep - not screaming, like the passengers in his car." - Unknown 

  72. You know what part I like about waking up early? None.. let me go back to sleep." - Unknown

  73. “Dear sleep, I'm sorry we broke up this morning. I want you back!" - Unknown

  74. “Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night." - Dave Barry

  75. “Dear sleep: thanks for trying, but you can't beat surfing the net." - Unknown

  76. “I don't need a hair stylist, my pillow gives me a new hairstyle every morning." - Unknown

  77. "Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives." - William Charles Dement
  78. “Don't wake me up! I'm studying." - Unknown

  79. “I'm a person who wants to do a lot of things trapped in the body of a person who wants to sleep a lot." - Unknown

  80. "I tried counting sheep so I can fall asleep but that got boring, so I started talking to the shepherd instead." - Unknown

  81. "My daily routine. Morning: Feeling tired, cranky and lazy. Afternoon: I could go for a nap. Night: I can't sleep." - Unknown

  82. “People who can fall asleep quickly freak me out... I mean, don't they have thoughts?" - Unknown

  83. “Some people can't sleep because they have insomnia. I can't sleep because I have Internet." - Unknown

  84. “When you wake up at 6 in the morning, you close your eyes for 5 minutes and it's already 6:45. When you're at work and it's 2:30, you close your eyes for 5 minutes and it's 2:31." - Unknown

  85. "I already want to take a nap tomorrow." - Unknown

  86. "I want to be like a caterpillar. Eat a lot, sleep for a while, and then wake up beautiful." - Unknown

  87. “Sleeping on my keyboard. If I answer, I'm talking in my sleep." - Unknown

  88. “I think it is good that books still exist, but they do make me sleepy." - Frank Zappa

  89. “Me: Please let me sleep! Brain: Nope, we have to stay up together and go over every bad life decision we have made so far." - Unknown

  90. “I can't sleep good when I know the food is feeling cold in the fridge." - Unknown

  91. “I finally got 8 hours of sleep. Took me four days, but whatever." - Unknown

  92. “Just because I'm awake doesn't mean I'm ready to do things." - Unknown

  93. “Your eyes water when you yawn because you miss your bed and it makes you sad." - Unknown

  94. “I'm not always annoying, sometimes I sleep too." - Unknown

  95. "They call it ""fell asleep"" but it should be more like ""entered a mental state of regeneration." - Unknown

  96. “If there’s one thing these sleep quotes get right, it’s that nothing is better than sleep." - Reader's Digest

  97. "Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone." - Anthony Burgess

  98. "Some national parks have long waiting lists for camping reservations. When you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree something is wrong." - George Carlin 

Shakespeare Sleep Quotes

    1. Why then, O brawling love! O loving hate! O any thing, of nothing first create! O heavy lightness, serious vanity, Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms, Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health, Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is! This love feel I, that feel no love in this.

    2. What, all so soon asleep! I wish mine eyes Would, with themselves, shut up my thoughts.

    3. What early tongue so sweet saluteth me? Young son, it argues a distemper'd head So soon to bid good morrow to thy bed: Care keeps his watch in every old man's eye, And where care lodges, sleep will never lie; But where unbruised youth with unstuff'd brain Doth couch his limbs, there golden sleep doth reign.

    4. We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.

    5. To die: - to sleep: No more; and, by a sleep to say we end The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation Devoutly to be wished.

    6. To die, to sleep - To sleep, perchance to dream - ay, there's the rub, For in this sleep of death what dreams may come.

    7. To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune, Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles, And by opposing end them: to die, to sleep No more; and by a sleep, to say we end The Heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks That Flesh is heir to? 'Tis a consummation Devoutly to be wished. To die to sleep, To sleep, perchance to Dream; Aye, there's the rub.

    8. Tis dangerous to take a cold, to sleep, to drink; but I tell you, my lord fool, out of this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety.

    9. There's little of the melancholy element in her, my lord: she is never sad but when she sleeps; and not ever sad then; for I have heard my daughter say, she hath often dreamt of unhappiness, and waked herself with laughing.

    10. The deep of night is crept upon our talk, And Nature must obey necessity.

    11. Sir, in my heart there was a kind of fighting That would not let me sleep.

    12. Methought I heard a voice cry 'Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep', the innocent sleep, Sleep that knits up the ravell'd sleeve of care, The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath, Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course, Chief nourisher in life's feast...

    13. Love's stories written in love's richest books. To fan the moonbeams from his sleeping eyes.

    14. If I may trust the flattering truth of sleep, My dreams presage some joyful news at hand. My bosom's lord sits lightly in his throne, And all this day an unaccustomed spirit Lifts me above the ground with cheerful thoughts.

    15. He that sleeps feels not the tooth-ache.

    16. He that is thy friend indeed, He will help thee in thy need: If thou sorrow, he will weep; If thou wake, he cannot sleep: Thus of every grief in heart He with thee does bear a part. These are certain signs to know Faithful friend from flattering foe.

    17. For some must watch, while some must sleep So runs the world away.

    18. For in that sleep of death what dreams may come.

    19. Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber.

    20. Drink, sir, is a great provoker of three things . . . nose-painting, sleep, and urine. Lechery, sir, it provokes, and unprovokes; it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance.

    21. Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises, Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not. Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments Will hum about mine ears; and sometime voices, That, if I then had waked after long sleep, Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming, The clouds methought would open, and show riches Ready to drop upon me; that, when I waked, I cried to dream again.

    22. Are you sure/That we are awake? It seems to me/That yet we sleep, we dream.

    23. And sleep, that sometime shuts up sorrow's eye, Steal me awhile from mine own company.

    24. A knavish speech sleeps in a fool's ear.

Wise Sleep Quotes

  1. “Sleep is the best meditation.” – Dalai Lama

  2. “A day without a nap is like a cupcake without frosting.” – Terri Guillemets

  3. “Your future depends on your dreams, so go to sleep.” – Mesut Barazany

  4. “The minute anyone’s getting anxious I say, ‘You must eat and you must sleep.’ They’re the two vital elements for a healthy life.” – Francesca Annis

  5. “A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” – Irish Proverb

  6. “The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more.” – Wilson Mizener

  7. “Sleep is the best meditation.” – Dalai Lama

  8. “Man is a genius when he is dreaming.” – Akira Kurosawa

  9. “I don’t know why it should be, I am sure; but the sight of another man asleep in bed when I am up, maddens me.” – Jerome K. Jerome

  10. “Good night – may you fall asleep in the arms of a dream, so beautiful, you’ll cry when you awake.” – Michael Faudet

Poetic Sleep Quotes

  1. “What hath night to do with sleep?” – John Milton

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

  3. “I want to be like a caterpillar: eat a lot, sleep for a while, wake up beautiful.” – Anonymous

  4. “I went to bed and woke in the middle of the night thinking I heard someone cry, thinking I myself was weeping, and I felt my face and it was dry. Then I looked at the window and thought: Why, yes, it’s just the rain, the rain, always the rain, and turned over, sadder still, and fumbled about for my dripping sleep and tried to slip it back on.” – Ray Bradbury

  5. “A well-spent day brings happy sleep.” – Leonardo da Vinci

  6. “A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.” – Charlotte Bronte

  7. “Without enough sleep, we all become tall two-year-olds.” – JoJo Jensen

  8. “When every inch of the world is known, sleep may be the only wilderness that we have left.” – Louise Erdrich

  9. “We count it as a certainty that everyone naps in paradise.” – Anonymous

  10. “No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.” – Carrie Snow

Can't Sleep Quotes

  1. You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. Dr. Seuss

  2. Without enough sleep, we all become tall two-year-olds. JoJo Jensen

  3. Why can I never go back to bed? Who's is the voice ringing in my head? Where is the sense in these desperate dreams? Why should I wake when I'm half past dead? Emilie Autumn

  4. When you have insomnia, you're never really asleep, and you're never really awake. Chuck Palahniuk

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.” – Homer

  8. The worst thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to. F. Scott Fitzgerald

  9. The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world. Leonard Cohen

  10. Sleeplessness is a desert without vegetation or inhabitants. Jessamyn West

  11. Sleeping is so hard when you can't stop thinking. Anonymous

  12. Nothing cures insomnia like the realization that it's time to get up. Anonymous

  13. Not being able to sleep is terrible. You have the misery of having partied all night. Without the satisfaction. Lynn Johnston

  14. Most of us can't sleep when we're starting to fall in love, same thing as we can't sleep when that love started to fade. Anonymous

  15. Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep. Fran Lebowitz

  16. Legend says, when you can't sleep at night, it's because you're awake in someone else's dream. Anonymous

  17. Insomnia is an indication, not a chaos. Its like ache. You're not going to provide a patient ache medicine without figuring out what's reasoning the pain. Judith Owens

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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. I'm so tired, but I can't sleep. Standing on the edge of something much too deep. Sarah McLachlan

  22. I only sleep with people I love, which is why I have insomnia. Emilie Autumn

  23. I haven't been to sleep for over a year. That's why I go to bed early. One needs more rest if one doesn't sleep. Evelyn Waugh

  24. 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

  25. His insomnia was so bad, he couldn't sleep during office hours. Arthur Baer

  26. Dear mind, please stop thinking so much at night, I need to sleep. Kushand Wizdom

  27. Can't connect, I haven't slept, am I crazy? Fall so deep and I can't sleep, I'm slipping into hazy. Kaskade

  28. At night when I can't sleep, I play blackjack online until I get tired or I lose my money. Nicky Hilton

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

  30. A good cop can't sleep because he's missing a piece of the puzzle. And a bad cop can't sleep because his conscience won't let him. Ellie Burr

  31. “Why can I never go back to bed? Whose is the voice ringing in my head? Where is the sense in these desperate dreams? Why should I wake when I’m half past dead?” – Emilie Autumn

  32. “When you have insomnia, you’re never really asleep, and you’re never really awake.” – From the movie Fight Club, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk

  33. “Thinking of you keeps me awake, and dreaming of you keeps me asleep.” - Anonymous

  34. “There are twelve hours in the day, and above fifty in the night.” – Marie de Rabutin-Chantal

  35. “There are times when the bed is the only place on earth where peace is to be had.” – Richard Llewellyn

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

  37. “The only time I have problems is when I sleep.” – Tupac Shakur

  38. “The night is the hardest time to be alive and 4 am knows all my secrets.” - Anonymous

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

  40. “The hardest thing is to go to sleep at night, when there are so many urgent things needing to be done.” – Donald Knuth

  41. “The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.” – E. Joseph Cossman

  42. “Sleeplessness is a desert without vegetation or inhabitants.” – Jessamyn West

  43. “Sleeping is so hard when you can’t stop thinking about someone‍‍” - Anonymous

  44. “Sleeping is so hard when you can’t stop thinking about someone.” - Anonymous

  45. “Sleep is such a luxury, which I can’t afford‍‍.” - Anonymous

  46. “Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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

  48. “Life is something that happens when you can’t get to sleep.”

  49. “Legend says, when you can’t sleep at night, it’s because you’re awake in someone else’s dream.”

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

  51. “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

  52. “I’m an insomniac, my mind works the night shift.” – Pete Wentz, Gray

  53. “I think sleep’s really important. I value it as much as waking up and having a full day.” – Jena Malone

  54. “I sleep and sleep and sleep, yet I still have an unquenchable thirst for it.” – Maria Elena

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

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

  57. “Every closed eye is not sleeping, and every open eye is not seeing.” - Anonymous
  58. “A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.” – Charlotte Brontë

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