70 million-plus Americans suffer from sleep deprivation. Celebrities are not immune.
Below is a list of celebrities and sleep disorders in which they have admitted to suffering from.
Insomnia is a consistent problem with falling asleep and staying asleep. It is the most common sleep disorder in as many as 70 million Americans at some point in their lives. It has been reported that 10 – 15% of the population suffers from chronic insomnia and that women are 3 times more likely to suffer bouts of insomnia than men.
Celebrities with Insomnia:
In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine Madonna discusses how she has been plagued with decades long insomnia stating “…one of my assistants just found one of my journals from 1991. I’m complaining the same way about not being able to sleep in 1991 as I am right now. Like, some things never change…”
George Clooney George Clooney has admitted on various occasions that he doesn’t sleep well. His mind will race and to turn it off he will watch TV to drown out his thoughts. Sleep experts know this isn’t the best way for insomniacs to get sleep and would most likely suggest he go through some cognitive behavior theory to treat his insomnia.
Similar to Madonna in more ways than one, Lady Gaga also suffers from sleep deprivation. Her ability to perform consistently weighs heavy on the star and in 2017 she was quoted saying by the UK’s OK! Magazine “…my passion is so strong I can’t sleep – I haven’t slept for three days.”
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea. This condition happens during sleep when your breathing stops periodically in the night for a few seconds. These lapses in breathing can occur for up to ten seconds or more and can happen up to hundreds of times a night in severe cases.
Rosie O’Donnell was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2007. She openly discussed her diagnosis when she was a co-host on The View. Her polysomnogram revealed she had 200+ micro-awakenings a night and once stopped breathing for 40 seconds.
In 2015 Shaquille O’Neal (Shaq) was featured in a sleep apnea video created by the Division of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. This video in an excellent resource to learn about sleep apnea and its effects, what to expect from a polysomnogram (sleep study), and how important it is to find the perfect CPAP mask to fit your face.
Reggie White, known as the “Minister of Defense” was a famous NFL hall of famer, part time minister, WWE wrestler and twice named NFL Defensive Player of the year. In 2004, White was at home when he suffered a fatal cardiac arrhythmia (heart attack) compounded by complications of sleep apnea. Untreated sleep apnea creates great stress on the heart. He was 43. His memory continues in the form of The Reggie White Foundation for sleep disorder research and education.
Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless Leg Syndrome is a neurological disorder that is characterized by a persistent, sometimes overwhelming need to move one’s legs. The need to move the legs is often (but not always) accompanied by unpleasant sensations in the legs that can range from mildly unpleasant to quite painful.
Not only did Jon Stewart state he suffers from insomnia he also revealed he suffers from restless leg syndrome or what he joking refers to it as “the Jimmy Legs”.
Keith Olbermann reflects about his restless nights and interview with President Bush in a 2008 interview with the New Yorker. Olbermann left the NBC News election studio on May 13th, having spent five hours on the air, co-anchoring coverage of the West Virginia Democratic primary. He had a short ride home from Rockefeller Plaza to his condominium, and he was in bed by 2 A.M. But he lay wide awake, overcome by an urge to get up and move about. He had been given a diagnosis of Wittmaack-Ekbom’s syndrome, also known as “restless-legs syndrome,” a neurological disorder that produces a prickling, itching, or crawling feeling in the legs, profoundly disturbing sleep.
Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder where the brain does not have the ability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally. Those with narcolepsy experience bouts of extreme daytime sleepiness and sudden uncontrollable urges to sleep that can come about at any time.
Winston Churchill is the most famous narcoleptic “You must sleep sometime between lunch and dinner… Take off your clothes and get into bed… You get two days in one. Well, at least one-and-a-half.”
Comedian and Late Night Talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel, discussed his narcolepsy in a column for Esquire magazine back in 2013: “I have a pretty mild case with no other symptoms. Some narcoleptics experience cataplexy, which is a limpness in the arms and legs. I don’t have that. I’d like to, though. It sounds great.”
A parasomnia is abnormal or unwanted behavior of the nervous system during sleep. They can include sleepwalking, night terrors, sleep paralysis, sleep talking and bedwetting to name a few.
Florence Welch (lead singer from Florence and the Machine) spoke about her childhood sleep terrors to the Irish Independent saying, “I have it when I’m tired or stressed, or over-tired. My body just keeps me on overdrive. I’m just dreaming loads. I can’t quite sleep in a dark room by myself, because I’m always imagining something creeping in the dark corner, or looking through the window.”
Jennifer Aniston is an apparent sleep walker. She discussed how her sleep walking scared her then-husband Brad Pitt: “I sleepwalk. I set off our alarm once. I was outside…and I was out by the pool equipment in the back. I don’t know what I was doing. I heard this yelling because he’s terrified, he hears the alarm and I’m not there!”
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