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20 Memes for People With Insomnia Who Are Still Awake at This Hour

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Sleep can be a real challenge at times. I know I struggle with falling and staying asleep because of my health conditions. Some nights I’ll be up scrolling through apps on my phone until eventually, I fall asleep. Other nights, I’ll be able to fall asleep instantly, but toss and turn so much that I wake up the next morning feeling as though I just ran a marathon.

For folks who live with insomnia, whether it’s a symptom of depression or the result of dealing with chronic pain (or something else entirely), sleep is a constant battle you might feel like you’re always losing. There are plenty of tricks you can try to fall asleep, such as limiting your screen time before bed or using a weighted blanket, but sometimes sleep just doesn’t come easily or at all — and that’s OK. We don’t want you wandering around sleep-deprived, but we understand that sometimes it’s just a challenge to get some shut-eye.

Humor can be one way people cope with the situations they’re in. Creating and sharing memes can be a way to connect with others who “get” what you’re going through. That’s why we put together a list of memes for folks who deal with insomnia. We hope you find these memes funny and relatable.

Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite insomnia-related memes:


Image reads: MORNING: want to sleep, AFTERNOON: dying to sleep, NIGHT: can't sleep (with image of Marge Simpson from The Simpsons)
via @ocd_and_positivity on Instagram


Image of Katy Perry wearing pajamas and lying on the stairs below text that reads: me, an insomniac, stressing myself out by calculating the exact amount of sleep i would get if i fell asleep in that exact moment, which exacerbates my inability to sleep
via @manicpixiememequeen on Instagram


My brain during the day: Tired, slow moving, half asleep. My brain at 2am: (image of three sailors tap dancing)
via @bigkidproblems on Instagram


me watching everyone go to sleep while i stay up and overthink everything in my life (below text is an image of D.W. from Arthur wearing sunglasses and staring out through a metal fence)
via @chronicallycrying on Instagram


Throwback to my last decent nights sleep (image of a sonogram below text)
via @ocd_and_positivity on Instagram


Me at 3pm: "I'm so sleepy I can't keep my eyes open..." Me at 3am: (image of a cat awake and lying down)
via @wittlewittykitty on Instagram


me at 3am trying to figure out why I exist (image of a cat looking in a mirror with a light in a dark room)
via @persiathewrestler on Instagram


When someone asks you how your night went (screengrab of The Office's Michael Scott saying "Didn't get much sleep, but I did get a few hours of anxiety in")
via @yourmessymind on Instagram


me: I need to sleep also me: I don't need sleep (image of a stuffed animal)
via @mentallychillmemes on Instagram


I'm gonna sleep early tonight. Me at 3 am: (image of person spinning around on the floor, head first)
via @antisocial_socialmemes on Instagram


When someone asks me when was the last time I got a decent night's sleep... (screen grab of Sophia Petrillo from The Golden Girls saying "Picture it. Sicily, 1912.")
via @buffordandfriends on Instagram


Screen grab from Scooby Doo TV show, where the gang is looking in a book. Text reads: "Look here gang, the book says to look at a person who needs to go to bed" with a second image of the Scooby Doo gang looking out at the viewer.
via on Instagram


Image from the show Avatar, with text that reads: "Every cringy thing I've ever done" over a group of characters in a line, and "Me trying to sleep" on another character
via @scrambledeggmemes


"Trying to get to sleep" "Checking my phone at 3 a.m." "Insomnia" "Me"
via @spiderman_the_official_avenger


Image of a person holding a possum with the words "Me" over the person and "Irregular Sleep Patterns" over the possum.
via @theClusterBHive on Instagram


Getting up and out after a sleepless night that included a lot of self-hate, tears and anxiety (image of a sleep deprived cartoon mouse)
via @memes_to_cope


screen grabs of two people from Real Housewives of New York saying "Go to sleep" repeatedly, with text over the left image that says "my exhausted brain and flesh vessel" and on the right "my daily 1AM existential crisis"
via @existential.aries on Instagram


me, the entire day: oh my god i'm so tired, i can't wait to go back to sleep. me, at 3AM: (image of Walter White from Breaking Bad saying "I am awake.")
via @thechronicyogi on Instagram


Image of Homer Simpson lying in bed awake with "11 pm:" above it, Image of Homer Simpson lying in bed awake with "2 am:" above it, Image of Homer Simpson lying in bed awake with "4 am:" above it, and a fourth image of Homer Simpson fast asleep with "8 mins before my alarm:" above it
via @lifeofdad on Instagram


Image of Nick Offerman in meme format that says "I can't wait to set the clocks back this weekend and get an extra hour of unable to sleep."
via @craftilady on Instagram

Humor can be a relaxing way to connect with others. It may even help you take your mind off what’s keeping you up and help you fall asleep.

If you are still struggling with falling asleep, you can connect with others who are in similar boats by posting a Thought or Question on The Mighty using the hashtag #CheckInWithMe. We’re here for you and hope you get a good night’s sleep soon.

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Originally published: November 11, 2019
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