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133 Popular Sleep Quotes (with Images)

With the 133 Sleep Quotes we have prepared for you, you can get rid of negative thoughts in your head before going to sleep and fall asleep more easily. Reading such quotes at night when you can’t sleep can help you clear your mind.

A good night’s sleep is the most precious thing in this world. If you can wake up rested in the morning and get out of bed happily, you are very lucky. Sleep is a great healing tool, please be careful not to get sleep deprived because if you do, you may lose your health.

133 Handpicked Sleep Quotes You Should Read Before You Sleep

“A person who has not done one half his day’s work by ten o’clock, runs a chance of leaving the other half undone.”

Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

“People say, ‘I’m going to sleep now,’ as if it were nothing. But it’s really a bizarre activity. ‘For the next several hours, while the sun is gone, I’m going to become unconscious, temporarily losing command over everything I know and understand. When the sun returns, I will resume my life.’”

George Carlin

“I’ve crossed some kind of invisible line. I feel as if I’ve come to a place I never thought I’d have to come to. And I don’t know how I got here. It’s a strange place. It’s a place where a little harmless dreaming and then some sleepy, early-morning talk has led me into considerations of death and annihilation.”

Raymond Carver, Where I’m Calling From: New and Selected Stories

“She used to say she could taste sleep and that it was as delicious as a BLT on fresh French bread.” ― Rebecca Wells

“Sleep is God. Go worship.”

Jim Butcher, Death Masks

“Of all the things a man may do, sleep probably contributes most to keeping him sane. It puts brackets about each day. If you do something foolish or painful today, you get irritated if somebody mentions it, today. If it happened yesterday, though, you can nod or chuckle, as the case may be. You’ve crossed through nothingness or dream to another island in Time.”

Roger Zelazny

“What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.”

Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog quote

“There is renewal in rest.”

Lailah Gifty Akita

“I am terrified by this dark thing that sleeps in me.”

Sylvia Plath, The Collected Poems

“Having peace, happiness and healthiness is my definition of beauty. And you can’t have any of that without sleep.”


“Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep”

Albert Camus

“I love sleep because it is both pleasant and safe to use. Pleasant because one is in the best possible company and safe because sleep is the consummate protection against the unseemliness that is the invariable consequence of being awake. What you don’t know won’t hurt you.”

Fran Lebowitz

“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, All the Bright Places

“My father said there were two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.”

Marlo Thomas

“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, City of Thieves

“Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.”

Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Poppy Z. Brite

“Cats have it all – admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it.”

Rod McKuen

“What hath night to do with sleep?”

John Milton, Paradise Lost

“I crave the sweet surrender of sleep and my dreams’ uncensored communication: no tiresome small talk, sucking up to impress, or tiptoeing around charged topics. Dreams are the naked truth; get ready for it.”

Judith Orloff

“Making love with a woman and sleeping with a woman are two separate passions, not merely different but opposite. Love does not make itself felt in the desire for copulation (a desire that extends to an infinite number of women) but in the desire for shared sleep (a desire limited to one woman).”

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“I had a dream I was awake, and I woke up to find myself asleep.”

Stan Laurel

“Sleep, those little slices of death — how I loathe them.”

Edgar Allan Poe

“In an era when Fear of Missing Out has its own universally understood acronym, recuperative rest and relaxation are not always regarded as the intensely worthwhile pursuits that they are. Instead, we are harassed into believing that we must be constantly available to be of value, that peak productivity and performance are directly related to presenteeism, and that to snooze is to lose. This couldn’t be more wrong.”

Michelle Ogundehin

“I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary.”

Margaret Atwood

“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

“Once you wake up and smell the coffee, it’s hard to go back to sleep.”

Fran Drescher

Fran Drescher quote

“If you were not to set an alarm clock, would you sleep past it? If the answer is yes, then there is clearly more sleep that is needed.”

Matthew Walker

“I don’t know if you’ve ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. Or just not be aware that you do exist. Or something like that. I think wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. That’s why I’m trying not to think. I just want it all to stop spinning.”

Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“When I’m alone, I can sleep crossways in bed without an argument.”

Zsa Zsa Gabor

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

Dr. Seuss

“Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.”

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

What is a good sleep quote?

A good sleep quote should have a feature that cheers you up as soon as you read it and makes you forget or lessen the effects of the events you have experienced during the day.

Quotes for When You Can’t Sleep

We wish you to fall asleep while reading the quotes about why you can’t sleep.

“Don’t fight with the pillow, but lay down your head, and kick every worriment out of the bed.”

Elie Wiesel, Night

Elie Wiesel quote

“The worst thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald, American Author

“Legend says that when you can’t sleep, it’s because you’re awake in someone’s dream. So if everyone could stop dreaming about me, that would be great.”


“I want to sleep but my brain won’t stop talking to itself.”


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

Leonard Cohen, Canadian Singer-Songwriter

“Sleep is the most innocent creature there is and a sleepless man the most guilty.”

Franz Kafka, Supreme Secrets of Success

“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, Icehenge

“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

“Insomnia is a glamorous term for thoughts you forgot to have in the day.”

Alain de Botton, British-Swiss Philosopher

“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.”


“Without enough sleep, we all become tall two-year-olds.”

JoJo Jensen, Dirt Farmer Wisdom

“Some people can’t sleep because they have insomnia. I can’t sleep because I have internet.”


“Me: We need to fall asleep. Brain: No, let’s stay awake and think about every decision we made today.”


“If a man had as many ideas during the day as he does when he has insomnia, he’d make a fortune.”

Griff Niblack, Author

Griff Niblack quote

“Not being able to sleep is terrible. You have the misery of having partied all night without the satisfaction.”

Lynn Johnston, Canadian Cartoonist

“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, American Singer-Songwriter

“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, American Writer

“When I’m at work I can fall asleep instantly, but when I’m in my bed I can hardly fall asleep.”


“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

“A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.”

Charlotte Brontë, English Novelist and Poet

“Who said nights were for sleep?”

Marilyn Monroe, American Actress

“The only time I have problems is when I sleep.”

Tupac Shakur, American Rapper

“I tried counting sheep so I can fall asleep but that got boring, so I started talking to the shepherd instead.”


Baby Sleep Quotes

Even if it’s not your own baby, have you at least watched another baby sleep? Babies’ sleep is so beautiful and deep that people really envy them.

“When my baby is sleeping that’s when I think, ‘Wow. I made that.’”

Maria Jose Ovalle, Content Creator

“Mother’s arms are made of tenderness, and sweet sleep blesses the child who lies within.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Victor Hugo quote

“Little boys should never be put to sleep. They always wake up a day older.”

J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan

“People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one.”

Leo J. Burke, Psychologist

“They tell you that at his age, all they do is eat, sleep, and poop. And what I’ve learned is they can actually do all three at the same time. Who knew?”

Josh Duhamel, American Actor

“Happiness is a sleeping baby.”


“Babies smile in their sleep because they are listening to the whispers of angels.”


“Having my baby fall asleep in my arms takes away all of my worries and stresses. A sense of complete and total peace comes over me.”

Maria Jose Ovalle, Content Creator

“Hold her a little longer, rock her a little more, read her another story, you’ve only read her four. Let her sleep on your shoulder, rejoice in her happy smile, she is only a little girl, for such a little while.”


“…my aunt (gave me the best advice): Put her to sleep yourself every night. Sing to her and cradle her in your arms and sit by her side — every night. Because one day you won’t be able to.”

Salma Hayek, Actress

“Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they are already asleep.”

H. Jackson Brown, Jr., American Author

“The only thing worth stealing is a kiss from a sleeping child.”

Joe Houldsworth

“There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Essayist

Ralph Waldo quote

“Sleep, baby, sleep. The father’s watching the sheep. Thy mother’s shaking the dreamland tree, and down drops a little dream for thee.”

Elizabeth Prentiss, American Author

“There are hard days in motherhood, but looking at your baby sleeping reminds you why it’s all worth it.”

Kara Ferwerda, Mommy blogger

“Watching a baby sleeping is perhaps the only thing more comfortable than sleep itself.”

Atmaja Bandyopadyay, Writer

“You’re my favorite reason to lose sleep.”


Inspirational Sleep Quotes

You can read quotes about the importance of good sleep.

“Man is a genius when he is dreaming.”

Akira Kurosawa, Japanese Film Director

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

Irish Proverb

“The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.”

E. Joseph Cossman, Entrepreneur and Author

“Happiness consists of getting enough sleep. Just that, nothing more.”

Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers

“Yea, all things live forever, though at times they sleep and are forgotten.”

H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure

“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I’m reborn.”

Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Lawyer, Anti-Colonial Nationalist, and Political Enthusiast

Mahatma Gandhi quote

“The nicest thing for me is sleep. Then at least I can dream.”

Marilyn Monroe, American Actress

“There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled.”

Edward Lucas, British Writer

“Your future depends on your dreams, so go to sleep.”

Mesut Barazany

“Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world.”

Napoleon Bonaparte, French Military Leader

“A well-spent day brings happy sleep.”

Leonardo da Vinci, Italian Polymath

“Even a soul submerged in sleep is hard at work and helps make something of the world.”

Heraclitus, Greek Philosopher

“Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.”

Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Lawyer, Anti-Colonial Nationalist, and Political Enthusiast

“You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly.”

Proverbs 3:24

“Anything seems possible at night when the rest of the world has gone to sleep.”

David Almond, British Author

Beautiful Sleep Quotes

Since sleep is one of the most beautiful things in the world, beautiful quotes about sleep are the best way to remember it.

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on.”

William Shakespeare, English Poet

“Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.”

William Charles Dement, American Author

William Charles Dement quote

“There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.”

Homer, Author

“When you lie down, you will not be afraid. Your sleep will be sweet.”

Proverbs 3:24

“I’ve dreamed a lot. I’m tired now from dreaming but not tired of dreaming. No one tires of dreaming, because to dream is to forget, and forgetting does not weigh on us, it is a dreamless sleep throughout which we remain awake. In dreams I have achieved everything.”

Fernando Pessoa, Portuguese Poet

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“Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.”

Thomas Dekker, American Actor

“Sleep is the best meditation.”

Dalai Lama

“Three meals plus bedtime make four sure blessings each day.”

Mason Cooley, American Aphorist

“Before you sleep, read something that is exquisite, and worth remembering.”

Desiderius Erasmus, Dutch Philosopher

“True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.”

William Penn, Politician

“In dreams we enter a world that’s entirely our own. Let them swim in the deepest ocean or glide over the highest cloud.”

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

J.K. Rowling quote

“When you wake up with a song stuck in your head, it means an angel sang you to sleep.”

Denise Baer, Author

Romantic Sleep Quotes

We hope you are lucky enough to hug and sleep with the person you love, we wish everyone to experience this happiness.

“I love you, in that place between coffee and sleep.”

Atticus, The Dark Between Stars

“Sleep is my lover now, my forgetting, my opiate, my oblivion.”

Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife

“Goodnight — may you fall asleep in the arms of a dream, so beautiful, you’ll cry when you awake.”

Michael Faudet, Author

“I walked with you, once upon a dream.”

Anne Rice and Charles Perrault, Sleeping Beauty

“Good night, sleep tight. Now the sun turns out his light. Good night, sleep tight, dream sweet dreams for me, dream sweet dreams for you.”

The Beatles, Rock Band

“Sleep is not on good terms with broken hearts. It will have nothing to do with them.”

Christopher Pike, Author

“Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. ”

William Shakespeare, Hamlet

William Shakespeare quote

“A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep.”

Song written and composed by Mack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston for the Walt Disney film Cinderella (1950)

Funny Sleep Quotes

Cheer up with Funny Sleep Quotes Before You Go to Sleep

“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, Former Professional Boxer

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

Mindy Kaling, Is Everybody Hanging Without Me?

“Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.”

Anthony Burgess, Inside Mr. Enderby

“I don’t need a hairstylist, my pillow gives me a new hairstyle every morning.”


“You miss 100% of the naps you don’t take.”


“I don’t feel old. I don’t feel anything till noon. That’s when it’s time for my nap.”

Bob Hope, British-American Comedian

Bob Hope quote

“Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.”

Phyllis Diller, Phyllis Diller’s Housekeeping Hints

“I already want to take a nap tomorrow.”


“If you’re going to do something tonight that you’ll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late.”

Henny Youngman, English-American Comedian

“I think it is good that books still exist, but they do make me sleepy.”

Frank Zappa, The Real Frank Zappa Book

“I’m so good at sleeping that I can do it with my eyes closed.”


“When the going gets tough, the tough take a nap.”

Tom Hodgkinson, British Writer

“No wonder Sleeping Beauty looked so good, she took long naps, never got old, and didn’t have to do anything but snore to get her Prince Charming.”

Olive Green, Author

“Early to rise, early to bed, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead.”

James Thurber, American Cartoonist

James Thurber quote

“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, American Comedian

“Dear sleep, I’m sorry we broke up this morning. I want you back!”


“My mother told me to follow my dreams, so I took a nap.”


“Your eyes water when you yawn because you miss your bed and it makes you sad.”


“No civilized person goes to bed the same day he gets up.”

Richard Harding Davis, American Journalist

“Happiness is waking up, looking at the clock and finding that you still have two hours left to sleep.”

Charles M. Schulz, American Cartoonist

“Don’t give up on your dreams so soon, sleep longer.”


“I always say ‘morning’ instead of ‘good morning,’ because if it was a good morning, I’d still be asleep.”


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

Ernest Hemingway, American Author

Ernest Hemingway quote

“A day without a nap is like a cupcake without frosting.”

Terri Guillemets, Quotation Anthologist

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

Carrie Snow, American Stand-Up Comic

“Sleep is like a cat: It only comes to you if you ignore it.”

Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

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