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US Celebrities with Sleep Difficulties

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Mariah Carey needs 15 hours of Sleep a Night

Health.com compiled a list of celebrities last week that all have difficulties with sleep, i.e. they don’t get enough of it or it’s obstructed by a parasomnia. 2 out of the 26 celebrities have narcolepsy, namely Jimmy Kimmel and Nicole Jeray.

Natalie Pinkham, British sports broadcaster and reality show competitor suffers from sleepwalking, night terrors, anxiety before sleep but after a visit to a sleep clinic in 2009, and the help of some medication she now sleeps soundly.

Restless Legs Syndrome: Keith Olbermann (US Countdown) and Jon Stewart (The Daily Show) suffers from Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).It’s an absolutely exhausting condition. Although I only have gone through periods of RLS (in combo with other glorious parasomnias such as sleep paralysis, night terrors etc), I remember waking up in the morning, looking around my bedroom and being unable to move. My body was in pain as if I had been running a marathon or participated in an all-night boxing round. Eventually, you become more conscious and irritation and frustration starts to build up inside especially if you are trying to keep an appointment or get to work. There is nothing you can do but surrender – cancel/reschedule that appointment and get some rest. It’s ironic that you need to get some rest after a whole night’s “sleep”.  [QoS]

Sleep Apnea: Reggie White (NFL player) unfortunately passed away in 2004 at the age of 43 due to pulmonary sarcoidosis. He also had sleep apnea a sleep disorder that is a relatively common condition that affects men more than women. In the UK, it is estimated that around 4 in 100 middle-aged men and 2 in 100 middle-aged women have Obstructive SA. 3 in 4 remains undiagnosed. Could there be a link between sleep apnea and sarcoidosis? or between sleep disorders and sarcoidosis?

Rosie O’Donnell discovered that she suffered from Sleep Apnea after years of “loud snoring”. A doctor discovered that O’Donnell stopped breathing more than 200 times a night, sometimes for about 40 seconds.

Famous Nappers: Leonardo Da Vinci supposedly slept exclusively using power naps i.e. 15min naps every 4 hours. Apparently, it is possible for a human being to survive on 1,5 hours of sleep a day according to research but it’s not sustainable for longer than 2 months. I wonder where this snippet of information originates from? I can imagine that he worked and slept in this way whilst being immersed in a project, invention or only to return to a normal sleep cycle after completion. Thomas Edison called more than 3-4 hours of sleep a night a waste of time and is also known to have relied on cat naps. Winston Churchill is also a world-famous Cat Napper but every  time I point this out in social situations Martha Stewart also seems to favour a 4 hours a night approach. There are not enough hours in the day to sleep more…perhaps it was a good thing she was sent to prison for a 5months.At least she got the opportunity to catch up on her sleep.

Insomnia due to Hectic Lifestyle: Rene Zellweger, James Mercer (from The Shins),

Celebrities who have relied heavily on medicated sleep: Eminem, Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger

Difficulty sleeping because of Children: Jennifer Lopez, Brooke Burke, Brad Pitt

Diagnosed Insomnia: Cheryl Hines (Curb your Enthusiasm, HBO), Justin Chambers (Grey’s Anatomy), Louise Bourgeois

Outstanding Sleeper: Mariah Carey takes sleep to an entirely new level. She needs to sleep 15 hours a day and keeps several humidifier in her bedroom to ensure that her voice will be in tip-top condition to perform. She must be sleeping as much as Queen of Sleep. Only the majestic cat breaks her record with 18h of sleep a day.


Written by Queen of Sleep

May 7, 2011 at 6:50 pm

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