18 Sleep Quotes for People Who Love to Snooze

Getting a good night's sleep requires good sleep hygiene and a consistent schedule. If you value your snooze time, you'll enjoy these sleep quotes.

Sleep quotes that’ll make you crave shut-eye

A good night’s sleep isn’t a luxury—it’s a necessity. Sleep provides a daily physical and mental reset that your body requires to function.

“Your brain uses sleep as fuel, like food and water for your mind. The more quality sleep you get, the better your brain functions,” says Vernon Williams, MD, a neurologist and founding director of the Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles and consulting neurologist for the Los Angeles Rams.

While your body is inactive, your brain is doing a lot of work while you sleep, he says. During slumber, your brain builds and strengthens the neural connections that are the basis of your memory.

It is also the time that your brain uses to perform the “housecleaning” of clearing toxins and waste products. And sleep is critical to the immune system, allowing the body time to heal itself and recover.

What happens when you sacrifice sleep

Getting adequate amounts of high-quality sleep is one of the best things you can do for yourself, and skimping on sleep can have serious consequences. (Here’s how many normal sleep hours you really need.)

“When life gets hectic, the first thing that typically gets sacrificed is sleep, and that’s a serious issue,” says Shanon Makekau, MD, chief of pulmonology and sleep medicine and the sleep lab director at Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii.

Missing a night or two of good sleep has short-term consequences, causing exhaustion, brain fog, irritability, inability to focus, and even sugar cravings the next day. But the real problems kick in when you are chronically short on sleep.

“Not getting enough sleep can lead to long-term health problems like depression, impaired immunity, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes,” Dr. Makekau says.

How to get a good night’s rest

Start by making sleep one of your top priorities, scheduling your bedtime and wake times, Dr. Williams says.

“Focus on getting seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night,” he says. “And consistency is as important as duration. You may be used to an alarm to wake up. Try setting an alarm to remind yourself to go to sleep at the same time each night.”

Another pro tip is setting up your bedroom for healthy sleep by utilizing good sleep hygiene tips. This may include hanging blackout curtains, installing a fan for white noise, clearing out clutter, and removing electronic devices.

Lastly, look at your daytime habits. Many of the things we do to deal with missing sleep can make the problem worse in the long run.

“Drinking caffeinated beverages, sleeping in on the weekends, using stimulants, and taking naps are often counterproductive and can make your overall health worse,” Dr. Makekau says. (Here are easy ways to sleep better.)

If you need a little something to help you get in the mood to snooze, read the following sleep quotes.


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Love, me

“Dear sleep, I’m sorry we broke up this morning. I’ll do anything to get you back!” — Anonymous

Even though you’re tired, getting to sleep at night is sometimes challenging. These sleep sound machines might help you get a better night’s sleep.


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Smarter through sleep

“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, American author

Have you ever gone to bed after struggling all day with a problem only to wake up the next morning with the answer as clear as day? There’s a reason for that: Your brain uses sleep as a time to process and sort your thoughts from the day, building new connections, Dr. Williams says.


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Solving the wrong problem?

“When people tell me ‘You’re going to regret that in the morning,’ I sleep until noon because I’m a problem solver.” — Anonymous

It can seem like who you are at night is a totally different person than who you are in the morning, leading to some regrets. (Here’s the most common life regret, according to science.)


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Clear your mind

“Sleep is the best meditation.” — the Dalai Lama

Meditation during the day is learning to quiet your mind, and it can help you fall asleep faster—just one of the science-backed benefits of meditation.


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Life is but a dream

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” — William Shakespeare, English playwright

Sleep has a way of putting our lives into perspective. Our lives are like a dream, bookended with a gentle sleep. Keeping this perspective can help you practice self-compassion for a better life.


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Enter at your own risk

“There is no sunrise so beautiful that it is worth waking me up to see it.” — Mindy Kaling, American actor

Some people are morning larks while others are definitely not. There isn’t a right or wrong way to be, but if you wish you could rise earlier, try these simple steps for how to be a morning person.


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The happiest prescription

“A good laugh and a long sleep is the best cure for anything.” — Irish proverb

One solid night of sleep can help everything from petty dramas to lifelong struggles. Now that you’re reading these sleep quotes it’s time for the laugh part. To help you with the humor portion of the prescription, check out these funny motivational quotes about life.


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Good sleep is good health

“Sleep is like the golden chain that binds our health and body together.” — Thomas Dekker, American actor

Want to improve your sleep and your health? Try ditching your PJs and sleeping naked.


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Oh yes, we know

“I love sleep. My life has a tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” — Ernest Hemingway, American novelist

Lack of sleep makes everything feel worse. Who hasn’t said or done something regrettable while sleep-deprived? If you do find yourself in that position, use these eight sleep-deprived tips to stay sharp until you can get a good night’s rest.


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What if you dream of dying?

“I love sleep! It’s like death but without the commitment.” — Fran Lebowitz, American author

Many cultures have referred to sleep as a “little death,” especially when you think about how strange dreams can be. However, if you find yourself having chronic nightmares, you may be oversleeping.


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Sleeping is a learned skill

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

Anyone who’s ever tried to get a cranky baby to settle down knows that sleeping well isn’t something that just comes naturally—and that’s true for adults too. If you’ve developed some bad habits, start with our essential guide to deeper sleep.


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Good advice

“Tired minds don’t plan well. Sleep first, plan later.” — Walter Reisch, Austrian director and screenwriter

It might be tempting to follow the old adage of “never go to bed angry,” but experts say that trying to resolve arguments when you’re tired is a losing battle. Here’s why you should go to bed angry (and how to talk to your loved one in the morning).


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Is that a threat?

“The shorter you sleep, the shorter your life.” — Matthew Walker, PhD, UC Berkeley sleep researcher

The health benefits of quality sleep are clear but knowing you should do something is a far cry from actually doing it. Try these 11 weird sleep tricks that experts say actually work.


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Daytime sleep is a gift

“Naptime is my happy hour.” — Anonymous

Sleeping at night is wonderful, but a nap during a peaceful afternoon is a special kind of joy. Here are the benefits of napping and what really happens when you take a short snooze.


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Sweet dreams

“When we are asleep in this world, we are awake in another.” — Salvador Dali, Spanish artist

For some people, dreaming is the best part of sleeping. (Here’s how to control your dreams.)


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Great in bed

“I’m great in bed. I can sleep for days!” — Anonymous

Sleep experts recommend using your bed only for sleep and sex. Make sure you’re avoiding these 11 “harmless” activities you’re doing in bed that cause insomnia.


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Mmm… Omelettes and muffins

“I love sleep because it’s like a time machine to breakfast.” — Anonymous

Is breakfast your favorite meal of the day? Check out these 15 healthy breakfast ideas for a happy morning.


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Naptime for everyone!

“Lack of sleep is only bad if you have to drive, or think, or talk, or move.” — Dov Davidoff, American comedian

Not all sleep loss is the same. These are the seven different types of insomnia and how to treat them.

Now that you know these sleep quotes, check out these self-care quotes that will inspire you to care for yourself.

Sources
  • Shanon Makekau, MD, chief of pulmonology and sleep medicine and the sleep lab director at Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii
  • Vernon Williams, MD, neurologist and founding director of the Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles and consulting neurologist for the Los Angeles Rams

Charlotte Hilton Andersen
Charlotte Hilton Andersen has been covering health and fitness for many major outlets, both in print and online, for 13 years. She's the author of two books, co-host of the Self Help Obsession podcast, and does freelance editing and ghostwriting. She teaches fitness classes in her spare time. She lives in Denver with her husband, four children, and three pets.