INFOGRAPHIC: Writers and Their Strange Sleeping Habits

INFOGRAPHIC: Writers and Their Strange Sleeping Habits

Guest Post By: DisturbMeNot

Who would have thought that something which comes as natural to us as breathing would pose such a problem for famous people throughout the ages? Some of them willingly decide to alter sleeping patterns, either for inspiration or productivity, while others suffer from sleep-related disorders.

This is not something that just the rich and famous practice today. We can even notice it with famous people of past centuries. Some of their habits might make sense to us, while others seem completely incomprehensible.

As a result of thorough research on some of the greatest celebrities’ sleeping habits, the infographic below makes it easy for us to see what these habits were and why they had them.

For now, we’re going to list some of the strangest sleeping habits of writers, and maybe take a page from their book.


William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was arguably one of the most famous English writers of all time. Although some people might not have read his work, there is rarely a person alive that hasn’t heard this name.

As it turns out, this famous playwright had problems with sleeping. It’s said that he often experienced insomnia.

Emily Bronte

The author of one of the English classics Wuthering Heights, similarly to Shakespeare, had problems with falling asleep. She also suffered from insomnia and found that the only way she could go back to sleep was walking around her dining room.

Charles Dickens

Another writer that seemed to have suffered from the same disorder as Shakespeare and Bronte is Charles Dickens. The author of Oliver Twist suffered from insomnia too, and whenever he couldn’t get a shut-eye, he’d go and walk around London.

However, he also preferred to have his bed facing north, because he believed that this increased his creativity.

Mary Shelley

This English writer suffered from something that we often hear people complain about today. Sleep paralysis is a condition in which the person cannot move or speak immediately after waking up, which is often described as one of the most terrifying experiences that one can have.  


Another person on our list is the famous French writer Voltaire, who reportedly slept only four hours a night. This was probably due to the massive intake of coffee. It is believed that he was such a big fan of this beverage that he could consume up to 40 cups a day.

Honore de Balzac

This French novelist, just like his fellow-citizen Voltaire, was a big coffee drinker. Whether or not this influenced his strange routine is going to remain a mystery, but he had a pattern he stuck to. He slept from 6 pm to 1 am and took a small nap from 8 am to 9.30 am.


This list just goes on to show that sleeping could be a challenge for some people, although the majority of us treat this activity as a daily routine. There are individuals who can afford to change their sleeping schedule, while others have no choice.

The infographic below describes in more details these and other cases and helps us understand why famous people choose to sleep less than us, what they do before going to bed, and what helps them to fall asleep if they suffer from a sleep disorder.


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