10 Famous Insomniacs

A list of celebrities and politicians who can’t — or didn’t — sleep, and the methods they’ve used to cope. (Turpentine-soaked mattress, anyone?)

Americans aren’t getting enough sleep, according to a new survey. But a lack of sleep is nothing new, and it doesn’t rule out success in non-nocturnal life. Here are some notable insomniacs, and how they dealt with their sleeplessness:

1. Arianna Huffington, blogger and commentator

The Huffington Post founder has earned fame as both a workaholic and an insomniac, but ...

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Can Brain Freeze Cure Insomnia?

Two sleep experts say they’ve devised a simple way to help insomniacs get some shuteye: Chilling their brains. Will that really work?

Good news for the 1 in 10 Americans afflicted with chronic insomnia: According to a new study, you might be able to forgo the sleeping pills, white noise machines, warm milk, hypnosis tapes, and other slumber strategies, and simply cool your forehead to lull yourself to sleep. University of Pittsburgh sleep experts Dr. Eric Nofzinger and Dr. Daniel Buysse ...

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Over-the-Counter Sleeping Pills for Insomnia

Can’t sleep? Non-prescription sleeping pills may be the ticket to dreamland, but beware. Some sleep medication for insomnia can cause a hangover effect the next day.

Shelves in drug, discount, and grocery stores are stocked with a dizzying array of insomnia aids these days. From sleeping pills to get-to-sleep hormones to herbal remedies, more and more over-the-counter (OTC) insomnia treatments are available for sleep-deprived customers. But do they work?

“Some products available without a prescription can be helpful for occasional ...

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Curing Insomnia With Alternate Sleep Remedies

If you are always sleepy, you are probably looking for some sleep remedies. In your quest to cure insomnia, you may want to consider yoga, meditation, and other alternative sleep remedies.

Pharmaceuticals may be among the most common treatments for insomnia, but alternative approaches have also been shown to be effective in addressing the problem.

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), more than 1.6 million Americans treat their insomnia or sleep disorders with a form of ...

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3 Alternative Insomnia Remedies

If you feel like you have to resort to taking prescription sleeping pills to get over your insomnia, think again.

Would you pay someone to teach you how to sleep? For insomnia sufferers, the idea isn’t crazy. Because when you’ve tried just about every remedy out there, and you don’t want to rely on prescription sleep aids, sleep “lessons” may be the next logical step. Below are three great, medication-free ways to improve your snooze.

Try a three-step approach

Sleep expert Michael ...

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Progressive Muscle Relaxation for Insomnia

A century-old technique called progressive muscle relaxation could relieve your insomnia. Learn how this relaxation therapy may help you feel and sleep better.

If you’re trying to find a solution for insomnia, your doctor may recommend progressive muscle relaxation to help you sleep. Progressive muscle relaxation is a relaxation therapy first developed by Chicago physician Edmund Jacobson, MD in 1915 and published in the 1920s.

“Progressive muscle relaxation is a relaxation exercise in which you systematically tense and then relax all ...

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Fight Insomnia With Noise Control

Good sleep hygiene means creating a quiet, inviting haven that makes insomnia a thing of the past and falling asleep a lot easier. Learn some ways to control noise so you get some much needed shut-eye.

When you get serious about falling asleep and waking up rested, you’ll take on the task of practicing good sleep hygiene. It’s all about making sure your physical environment provides an inviting space conducive to falling and staying asleep.

Insomnia: Sound Off

First, prevent insomnia by ...

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How to Conquer Chronic Insomnia

It’s possible to address sleep deprivation with self-help techniques and clinical interventions.

We’ve all had the occasional night of tossing and turning, but for some, this problem persists. This is a case of chronic insomnia, a condition in which someone loses sleep at least three times a week over the course of one to six months, and has trouble carrying out normal activities during the day.

Insomnia Today

Today’s adults, particularly Americans, have grown accustomed to brushing aside the cues that signal ...

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Chronic Insomnia – Do You Need Counseling?

Psychological counseling offers a safe, proven strategy for beating insomnia. Find out if this treatment is right for you.

People with insomnia have an unexpected and powerful ally at their disposal in the quest for a good night’s sleep — psychological counseling.

“It’s pretty clear from the evidence that a type of counseling called cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has proven efficacy in the treatment of insomnia,” says Russell Rosenberg, PhD, founder and director of the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine, and a ...

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Treating Insomnia With Prescription Medicines

Getting a short-term prescription from your doctor for sleeping pills may help your insomnia when over-the-counter remedies don’t work. Learn about the different options for insomnia treatment.

Once again, it’s 2 a.m. and you’re lying awake, tossing and turning. Soaking in a warm bath, reading a book, sipping chamomile tea, and taking over-the-counter sleeping pills haven’t done the trick. If you’ve read all about non-prescription insomnia options and none are helping, the next step might be prescription medication for insomnia treatment.

“There ...

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