Poetry and Sleep

Here is a compilation of more than 130 poems/lullabies/songs related to sleep. 

The poems cover a large variety of topics such as Narcolepsy, Parasomnia, Insomnia, Dreams and Sleep Rituals.  Another topic covered in the section “Hypnos and Thanatos” is the relation or similarity of sleep to death.  This is also a common image that is not only used in literature, but in art and music.  This stems from Greek Mythology and the idea that the personification of sleep, Hypnos, is the twin brother to Thanatos, the personification of death. 

We hope you enjoy these poems.  Perhaps you may see a bit of yourselves and your sleep experience in the words of these poems!

Note: The poems and song lyrics are the property of the respective authors, artists and labels. The poems and lyrics are only provided for educational purposes.



Hyper Somnolence

Sleep Apnea



Pseudo Sleep

Seasonal Affective
Disorder (SAD)

Phase Delay

Phase Advance

Shift Work




Sleep Rituals

Sleep is for Restoration


Children Sleep

Geriatric Sleep

Gift of Sleep

Sleep as Satisfaction

Negative Aspects of Sleep

Negative Aspects
of Being Awake


Hypnos and Thanatos

Competition Poems

Poems From Around the World


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