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Celebs with insomnia

Thirty to 40 percent of adults admit to suffering from insomnia, the inability to fall or stay asleep, according to the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research. Contributing to that percentage are some of the most famous and highest paid entertainers of all time

George Clooney

George Clooney

Actor George Clooney told The Hollywood Reporter in February that even though he's in bed by 10 p.m.,he wakes up throughout the night. 

"Turning off the television causes me to think, and once I start that vision roaring, I have a very tough time getting to sleep," Clooney told THR. "Without question, I wake up every night five times."

But – it was during one of his sleepless nights that Clooney was able to write a memorable scene between himself and Ryan Gosling in the movie Ides of March

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Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

The King of Pop suffered from insomnia most of his life. After an unexpected death that shocked the world, doctor's discovered Jackson, 50, had used various medications including propofol, which is generally used to start and maintain anesthesia during surgeries, as well as two benzodiazepines that ultimately sent him into cardiac arrest. 

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Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson

Several publications reported that Jessica Simpson's bouts with insomnia led her to sleep on the floor.  

“That’s the advice I’ve gotten — don’t ever get into bed until you know that it’s time to go to sleep, or else you’ll lay there and that’s when you start tossing and turning… I’ll start thinking about what I wanna dream about… It’s called lucid dreaming. I’m a little sexually frustrated right now, so if you tell yourself what you're gonna dream about then you can have a really great dream.”

Now that she's mom to baby Maxwell, we're betting she gets even less sleep!

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe, the sixth greatest female star of all time, according to the American Film Institute, also suffered from insomnia. Dr. Ralph Greenson, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst treated Monroe for her depression and was rumored to have revived her multiple times after she took a barbiturate cocktail. She ultimately died at the age of 36.

Madonna

Madonna

Madonna is quoted saying, "I'm anal retentive. I'm a workaholic. I have insomnia. And I'm a control freak. That's why I'm not married. Who could stand me?"

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. One of Time's "25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century. World's top-selling female recording artist.  The most successful female recording artist of all time. Queen of Pop... and the list goes on. Insomnia seems to have worked in Madonna's favor. 

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus 

This former Disney Channel star, now worth $120 million at 19 years old, tweeted... 

"insomnia - difficulty in falling or staying asleep; sleeplessness. i have just diagnosed myself. i am an insomniac."

 

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Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger told the New York Times in November 2007 that he was struggling with insomnia and attributed his sleeping difficulty to a racing mind. Ledger died of a drug overdose on January 22, 2008 after his famous role as the joker in The Dark Knight. The drugs found in Ledger's system were different types of benzodiazepines, a common sleeping pill, along with an antihistamine and two pain relievers. 

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Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix 

Iconic guitarist Jimi Hendrix was rumored to have insomnia. Although his death is still somewhat of a mystery, Hendrix's girlfriend, Monika Danneman testified that he washed down nine of her prescribed sleeping pills with red wine before asphyxiating in his sleep, yet others claim Hendrix's manager murdered him.  

Judy Garland

Judy Garland

Golden Globe and Grammy Award winner Judy Garland experienced insomnia, which stemmed from her introduction into the entertainment industry at such a young age. Garland felt pressured as a teenager to maintain a thin physique and relied on amphetamines to do so. This energy overdose kept her up for days at a time, it has been reported.

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Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith's overdose consisted of prescription drugs, and intense sedatives, which led to her death on February 8, 2007.

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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga told OK! Magazine she has suffered from bouts of insomnia since she became a star.

"My passion is so strong I can't sleep," she told the magazine. "I lie in bed and try to pray and breathe. I have a very overactive mind. I'm the sort of person who'd never take medication to calm myself. It's maddening. But, I love what comes out."

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock has said that once she adopted her son Louis, she requires less sleep.

"I have been surprised by the fact that I really only need three hours of sleep," she told U.K.-based Now Magazine. 

Celebs with insomnia

Thirty to 40 percent of adults admit to suffering from insomnia, the inability to fall or stay asleep, according to the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research. Contributing to that percentage are some of the most famous and highest paid entertainers of all time

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