60+ Sleep Quotes That Will Make You Want to Take a Nap

60+ Sleep Quotes That Will Make You Want To Take A Nap

December 19, 2019 Updated June 16, 2021

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Sleep is more important than most people think. Next to exercise it’s the biggest game-changer. Getting enough ZZZ’s can literally change your life. For example, it can boost your immune system and heart health. It has the power to put you in a way better mood, so you may even turn into a morning person! It can also prevent you from packing on a few extra pounds, and improve your memory.

It’s not like you need an excuse to take a nap or drift off to slumberland. After all, with 40 percent of Americans getting less than the recommended nine to seven hours a night, we should be getting all the sleep we can. Since nothing’s better than a good night’s snooze, we rounded up the best quotes about sleep that will inspire you to catch those much-needed ZZZs. Sweet dreams!

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  1. “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” — Dr. Seuss
  2. “I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” — Ernest Hemingway
  3. “There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  4. “Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.” — Victor Hugo
  5. “Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.” — Phyllis Diller
  6. “You miss 100% of the naps you don’t take.” — Unknown
  7. “Childhood is the sleep of reason.” — Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  8. “When I woke up this morning my girlfriend asked me, ‘Did you sleep good?’ I said ‘No, I made a few mistakes.'” — Steven Wright
  9. “I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before, Or else I am awake for the first time, and all before has been a mean sleep.” — Walt Whitman
  10. “Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.” — Anthony Burgess
  11. “Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.” — Mahatma Gandhi
  12. “Depending upon my activities, I sleep between five and ten hours every night. I sleep in an extra-wide single bed, and I use only one heavy down comforter over me, summer or winter. I have never been able to wear pajamas or creepy nightgowns; they disturb my sleep.” — Marilyn Monroe
  13. “Sleep, those little slices of death — how I loathe them.” — Edgar Allan Poe
  14. “The night is the hardest time to be alive and 4 am knows all my secrets.” — Poppy Z. Brite
  15. “I usually get up at 3 A.M. I don’t require a lot of sleep, and if I get tired, I’ll take a power nap during the day.” — Dolly Parton

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  16. “I wonder why I don’t go to bed and go to sleep. But then it would be tomorrow, so I decide that no matter how tired, no matter how incoherent I am, I can skip on hour more of sleep and live.” — Sylvia Plath
  17. “For a man who has done his natural duty, death is as natural as sleep.” — George Santayana
  18. “Let’s start by taking a smallish nap or two …” — Winnie the Pooh
  19. “Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.” — Francis Bacon
  20. “A man can do only what he can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day.” — Albert Schweitzer
  21. “Sleep is my lover now, my forgetting, my opiate, my oblivion.” — Audrey Niffenegger
  22. “Sleep is all about recovering. So if you’re not sleeping, you’re not recovering. And if you’re going to break your body down a lot, you better find ways to build it back up. And the only way to do that is get a lot of sleep. So for me, I go to bed at like 8:30, 9:00. As soon as I put my kids to bed. Because I’m up at 5:30 the next day.” — Tom Brady
  23. “That we are not much sicker and much madder than we are is due exclusively to that most blessed and blessing of all natural graces, sleep.” — Aldous Huxley
  24. “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
  25. “There is no sunrise so beautiful that it is worth waking me up to see it.” — Mindy Kaling
  26. “I don’t feel old. I don’t feel anything till noon. That’s when it’s time for my nap.” — Bob Hope
  27. “The world of men is dreaming, it has gone mad in its sleep, and a snake is strangling it, but it can’t wake up.” — D. H. Lawrence
  28. “A good husband is never the first to go to sleep at night or the last to awake in the morning.” — Honore de Balzac
  29. “Sleep is for squares.” — Henry Rollins
  30. “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
  31. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon.” — Charles M. Schulz
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  32. “Those who have compared our life to a dream were right… we were sleeping wake, and waking sleep.” — Michel de Montaigne
  33. “Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep” — Albert Camus
  34. “Don’t give up on your dreams. Keep sleeping.” — Unknown
  35. “We’re introducing separate rooms with double beds in all of our planes so people can actually go with their partner and have a proper night’s sleep.” — Richard Branson
  36. “I do my best thinking at night when everyone else is sleeping. No interruptions. No noise. I like the feeling of being awake when no one else is.” — Jennifer Niven
  37. “Though sleep is called our best friend, it is a friend who often keeps us waiting!” — Jules Verne
  38. “Sleep is lovely, death is better still, not to have been born is, of course, the miracle.” — Heinrich Heine
  39. “I feel like there is always something trying to pull us back into sleep, that there is this sort of seductive quality in all the hedonistic pleasures that pull on us.” — Bell Hooks
  40. “Sleep is God. Go worship.” — Jim Butcher
  41. “There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.” — Homer
  42. “It’s tough to go to sleep at night, and I wake up after five hours because I feel like I’m wasting time. I just sit up at night and think about what I can do next.” — Dave Grohl
  43. “I think insomnia is a sign that a person is interesting.” — Avery Sawyer
  44. “When I was younger, I had this fairy tale that you can have the eight hours of sleep and be a healthy, balanced person and still achieve your goals. The reality is, that hasn’t always been the case.” — Lilly Singh
  45. “Death, so called, is a thing which makes men weep, And yet a third of life is passed in sleep.” — Lord George Gordon Byron

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  46. “Sleep is very important.” — Noah Centineo
  47. “When the going gets tough, the tough take a nap.” — Tom Hodgkinson
  48. “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
  49. “Sleep my friend, and you will see that dream is my reality.” — James Hetfield
  50. “I think people want very much to simplify their lives enough so that they can control the things that make it possible to sleep at night.” — Twyla Tharp
  51. “Man is a genius when he is dreaming.” — Akira Kurosawa
  52. “It was that sort of sleep in which you wake every hour and think to yourself that you have not been sleeping at all; you can remember dreams that are like reflections, daytime thinking slightly warped.” — Kim Stanley Robinson
  53. “In sleep, you are safe from the revolting mechanics of living and being a prey to outrageous fortune.” — Taylor Caldwell
  54. “Daytime sleep is like the sin of the flesh; the more you have the more you want, and yet you feel unhappy, sated and unsated at the same time.” — Umberto Eco
  55. “Sleep is not on good terms with broken hearts. It will have nothing to do with them.” — Christopher Pike
  56. “My body is weird. I wake up when the sun comes up, and it’s hard for me to go to sleep. My thoughts just take over.” — Rihanna
  57. “I never worry that I’ll die in my sleep, because I’m never asleep!” — Billy Crystal
  58. “Life is something that happens when you can’t get to sleep.” — Fran Lebowitz
  59. “sleep is the most innocent creature there is and a sleepless man the most guilty.” — Franz Kafka
  60. “A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.” — Irish proverb
  61. “Sleep is the best meditation.” — Dalai Lama
  62. “The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.” — E. Joseph Cossman
  63. “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
  64. And if tonight my soul may find her peace
    in sleep, and sink in good oblivion,
    and in the morning wake like a new-opened flower
    then I have been dipped again in God, and new-created.
    — D.H. Lawrence
  65. Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave 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.
    — William Shakespeare, Macbeth
  66. “Living is a sickness to which sleep provides relief every sixteen hours. It’s a palliative. The remedy is death.” — Nicolas Chamfort
  67. “Also, I could finally sleep. And this was the real gift, because when you cannot sleep, you cannot get yourself out of the ditch—there’s not a chance.” — Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
  68. “Many things — such as loving, going to sleep, or behaving unaffectedly — are done worst when we try hardest to do them.” — C. S. Lewis, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature

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