42 Sleep Quotes for the Well-Rested and the Restless

Explore sleep through humor, inspiration, and poetry with our favorite sleep quotes. From Charles M. Schulz's humor to Shakespeare's poetry, embrace the beauty of rest and dreams.

There are plenty of good quotes out there about sleep—some humorous, some insightful, and others motivational. From making light of your lack of sleep to inspirational words on the importance of a good snooze, below we list our favorite quotes to help you get your best rest.

Funny sleep quotes

Who knew sleep could be so funny? If you love to have a good laugh, check out these hilarious sleep quotes!

  1. Happiness is waking up, looking at the clock, and finding that you still have two hours left to sleep. — Charles M. Schulz
  2. People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one. — Leo J. Burke
  3. I finally got eight hours of sleep. It took me three days but whatever. — Unknown
  4. Never waste any time you can spend sleeping. — Frank H. Knight
  5. I love sleep because it’s like a time machine to breakfast. — Unknown
  6. Don’t give up on your dreams. Keep sleeping. — Unknown
  7. Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone. — Anthony Burgess
  8. I don’t understand why people have to “get ready” for bed. I’m always ready for bed. — Unknown
  9. Sleep ’til you’re hungry, eat ’til you’re sleepy. — Niall Horan
  10. I could be a morning person if morning happened around noon. — Unknown
  11. Those who snore always fall asleep first. — Unknown
  12. I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know? — Ernest Hemingway
  13. Any kid will run any errand for you if you ask at bedtime. — Red Skelton
  14. I’m so good at sleeping that I can do it with my eyes closed. — Unknown
  15. Legend says that when you can’t sleep, it’s because you’re awake in someone’s dream. So if everyone could stop dreaming about me, that would be great. — Unknown

Inspirational sleep quotes

Sometimes, sleep can be overwhelming, and the thought of getting your eight hours can make you even more restless (ironic, huh?). Here are some motivational quotes for when sleep feels like a challenge.

  1. The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep. — E. Joseph Cossman
  2. Having peace, happiness, and healthiness is my definition of beauty. And you can’t have any of that without sleep. — Beyoncé
  3. Sleep is an investment in the energy you need to be effective tomorrow. — Tom Roth
  4. Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.— Ralph Marston
  5. Sleep is the best meditation. — Dalai Lama
  6. The minute anyone’s getting anxious I say, ‘You must eat and you must sleep.’ They’re the two vital elements for a healthy life. — Francesca Annis
  7. The way to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life is getting enough sleep. — Arianna Huffington
  8. Sleeping is not time wasting. — Mike Wilson
  9. Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  10. 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
  11. By helping us keep the world in perspective, sleep gives us a chance to refocus on the essence of who we are. And in that place of connection, it is easier for the fears and concerns of the world to drop away. — Arianna Huffington
  12. To achieve the impossible dream, try going to sleep. — Joan Klempner
  13. Tired minds don’t plan well. Sleep first, plan later. — Walter Reisch

Poetic sleep quotes

Just as sleep can be humorous and intimidating, it can also be beautiful and mysterious. Below, we share our top poetic quotes about sleep.

  1. O sleep, O gentle sleep, Nature’s soft nurse, how have I frightened thee, that thou no more will weigh my eyelids down, and steep my senses in forgetfulness? — William Shakespeare
  2. A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow. — Charlotte Brontë
  3. She fell asleep, and it was a sleep as thin as the night clouds, dotted with dreams that came and went like the stars. — Lois Lowry
  4. You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. — Dr. Seuss
  5. Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I’m reborn. — Mahatma Gandhi
  6. But sleep, in the long run, proves greater than all emotions. — Algernon Blackwood
  7. Then, I turned around and walked to my room and closed my door and put my head under my pillow and let the quiet put things where they are supposed to be. — Stephen Chbosky
  8. The reasons we can’t sleep at night are usually the same reasons we don’t truly live during the day. — Michael Xavier
  9. We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep. — William Shakespeare
  10. He that can take rest is greater than he that can take cities. — Benjamin Franklin
  11. We rose up betimes, for sleep weighs lightly on the hopeful as well as on the anxious. — Johann D. Wyss
  12. How blessed are some people, whose lives have no fears, no dreads, to whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly, and brings nothing but sweet dreams. — Bram Stoker
  13. True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. — William Penn

What’s one more?

  1. Buy a Saatva mattress for the dreamiest sleep of your life. — Gricelda Torres

Why not come up with your own sleep quotes? Learn how journaling before bed can help you get better shuteye.

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