Much like the main character of his infamous novel Fight Club, author Chuck Palahniuk suffers from chronic insomnia. His struggle to #sleep has been life-long, and he relies on sleeping aids such as Ambien frequently. Some nights, however, he’s able to visualize himself to sleep. Scenes such as losing a fight, wandering the halls of a childhood house, and being buried in snow often help him to doze off.
In 2007, Rosie O’Donnell used her platform on The View to educate viewers on obstructive #sleep apnea. Rosie herself has obstructive sleep apnea and even took her CPAP to the studio to show the audience how it works, and to discuss diagnosis and treatment.
Though J-Lo has been quoted as saying that sleep is her weapon, the birth of her twins in 2008 unsurprisingly put a damper on her sleep life. At the time, she reported that the babies were keeping her up until 6 a.m. Most parents will empathize with sleepless nights rocking a new born, and somehow it’s comforting to know that even superstars like Jennifer Lopez are not immune to the sleep disorder known as parenthood.
Somnambulism, more commonly known as #sleepwalking, affects between one and 15 percent of us. It occurs most often in children, however adults are not immune and may start sleepwalking again in times of stress and fatigue. As it turns out, mega-famous Hollywood stars aren’t immune, either. Jennifer Aniston has been known to sleepwalk, and one time even walked outside and set off her home’s alarm system, which woke her up before she could wander into more trouble.
Marilyn Monroe apparently managed to get enough beauty rest despite struggling with chronic #insomnia, which she treated with sleeping pills. Some common causes of insomnia are life stress, medications and emotional discomfort. Of course we know Marilyn had no shortage of any of the above.
Late night funny man Jimmy Kimmel was diagnosed with a mild case of #narcolepsy, however it doesn’t seem to bother him too much. In an interview with Esquire, Kimmel admitted that he’d “…rather have narcolepsy than not have it. When I get on a flight to Vegas, I’ll fall asleep before the plane takes off and wake up after it’s landed. I’m always very close to sleep.” Ex Sara Silverman isn’t buying the diagnosis, though. She thinks he’s just tired like everyone else.
In an interview with the New York Times, “Judge Judy” Scheindlin acknowledged that her house has a snore room, otherwise known as a “snoratorium,” and admitted that it is “not necessarily for her husband.” She says she’s been told that she snores, but of course she can’t hear herself if/when she does. Snoring is a common affliction, but it’s not always harmless. When snoring starts to interfere with your quality of sleep, or that of your partner, it may be time to seek a doctor’s advice… or a snoratorium of your own.