Money can’t buy you happiness – and it can’t buy you sleep either. Ask these glamorous celebrities who have all the fame and fortune you could ever want, but when it comes to getting good quality sleep, they struggle just as much as the rest of the insomniac population does.
George Clooney may be one of the most desirable actors in the world, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he gets enough rest at night. In 2012, Clooney admitted in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he finds going to bed quite a difficult task and wakes up several times during the night for no apparent reason.
Now, it is the babies who wake him up several times during the night with their cries.
But like any good husband and father, Clooney plays an active role in the upbringing of his children and shares the diaper-changing and night-time feeding duties with wife Amal Clooney, which means that he often gets less sleep at night than he’d prefer.
‘I’ve always had trouble with insomnia,’ Mariah Carey admitted in an interview with The Guardian in November, 2002. The famed singer says that she has been searching for a good night’s sleep for many years, but hasn’t found it yet.
Carey says that she has suffered from numerous breakdowns in her career due to a lack of sleep and she often finds herself beyond the point of exhaustion but still unable to get some shut-eye. For the iconic singer-songwriter, falling asleep is much harder than staying asleep, and her insomnia often gets worse on days when she has to perform on stage or do interviews.
In 2001, Carey revealed that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder which is one of the biggest reasons why she has trouble falling asleep
Chuck Palahniuk, the author of the award-winning novel Fight Club, got the inspiration for his insomniac fictional character from his own life. In an article he wrote for The Guardian, Chuck said that he often suffers from insomnia and he owes his creativity to his lack of sleep.
The famous author also made insomnia a theme in his famous book about Edward Norton, a depressed man who doesn’t get much sleep due to stress from work and travelling.
You may think that Hollywood stars lead the most glamorous lives, travelling to different destinations in their private jets, attending luxurious parties and premiers and making television appearances, but in reality, being a celebrity is a very demanding and stressful job which requires long working hours and constantly-changing time zones.
Most celebrities like Renee Zellweger will tell you how fame and fortune can actually be a recipe for insomnia. In an interview with W magazine, Zellweger revealed that she often doesn’t have time to sleep because of her busy schedule. During her promotional tour for Bridget Jones, Zellweger visited 10 countries in 10 days and body had stropped registering hunger and sleep cues.
Jennifer Aniston says that her career has brought her a lot of fame and fortune, but the one thing she had to give up on her journey towards stardom was sleep. In 2016, the Friends actress said that she is an insomniac who often struggles from loss of sleep.
Aniston said that her sleeping disorder often woke her up during the night, and once awake, she found it hard to put herself back to sleep. The actress says that some of the habits that have helped her get better rest at night include quick meditation before going to sleep, putting all electronics away at bedtime and shutting off all lights.
If you suffer from insomnia or a sleep disorder, it is recommended to get medical help as soon as possible. Unaddressed sleep issues can get worse over time and lead to serious health issues like chronic fatigue, loss of appetite, depression, and anxiety.