If you lie awake at night tossing and turning, take heart. Somewhere out there, you have great company. Celebrities. Politicians. Artists. Singers. The Week assembled a list of the top 10 greatest insomniacs of all time — some still alive and some resting in peace at last — along with either their personal tips on how to sleep or the problems lack of sleep caused in their lives. The top 10 most famous insomniacs of all time:
1. Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post
She once got so little sleep that she passed out from exhaustion, breaking her cheekbone. Since then, Huffington is a fervent anti-insomnia crusader, declaring lack of sleep a feminist issue. She has even installed napping rooms for employees in her workplace.
2. Vincent Van Gogh, painter
Don’t try this at home, kids, but Van Gogh treated his insomnia by dousing his mattress and pillow with camphor, which is related to turpentine. Historians think this may have slowly poisoned him and factored into his suicide.
3. Bill Clinton, president
The former president of the United States, who famously slept just five hours a night, partly blames his heart attack on fatigue.
4. Marilyn Monroe, actress
Her insomnia, which may have been linked to her emotional turbulence, was treated with sleeping pills. The day before she overdosed and died, she was reportedly enraged when she heard a friend had slept for 15 hours.
5. Abraham Lincoln, president
Lincoln didn’t fight his long-suffering insomnia. Instead, he took long walks at midnight.
6. Madonna, singer
Madonna’s brother, Christopher Ciccone, dished on his famous sister, insisting that she blames her insomnia on an “unbridled desire for fame and fortune.” Madonna treats it with medication.
7. Judy Garland, actress
When she was only a teenager, the movie studio demanded she stay thin. Garland became addicted to amphetamines, which she says caused her insomnia–keeping her awake for three or four days at a time.
8. Groucho Marx, comic actor
Marx says it was the 1929 stock market crash that triggered his insomnia. When he couldn’t sleep, he would do one of two things: call strangers on the phone and insult them or he would write jokes. One such joke, written in the middle of the night: Q: What do you get when you cross an insomniac, an agnostic and a dyslexic? A: Someone who stays up all night wondering if there is a dog.
9. Margaret Thatcher, politician
As the British prime minister, Thatcher slept just four hours a night, saying, “Sleep is for wimps.”
10. Tallulah Bankhead, actress
This early 20th century film star and libertine solved her insomnia by hiring gay “caddies” to sit with her and hold her hand until she fell asleep.
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9. “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill
This 1937 motivational and self-help book espouses a philosophy that can be used to help people succeed in all lines of work to do or be almost anything they want.
10. “The Diary of Anne Frank,” by Anne Frank
Written from June 14, 1942 to August 1, 1944 and published in 1947, this is the diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.