Sleep disorders and Hollywood. For years, Hollywood has influenced our romantic expectations and perpetuates cultural stereotypes. However, how it portrays sleep disorders are something that rarely discussed. Studies have shown that over 20% of the people around the world have a sleep disorder.


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Moviemakers took upon these causes to produce movies about sleep deprivation. There are several movies of this type, however, the best ones, with a beautiful storyline are suggested in this article.

Today, we give you 5 infamous movies which revolve around a sleep disorder, we will try to deconstruct them or any myths around them.

Insomnia, 2002

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Pacino is a homicide detective who accidentally shot his partner while trying to capture a suspect. with the amount of stress, he ends up having sleep deprivation – severe insomnia – which affected the investigation and also affected the story.

Fight Club, 1999

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” I couldn’t sleep for six months. With insomnia, nothing seems real. Everything seems far away.” Could there be a more perfect description of living with insomnia?

Fight Club is about a character who goes to support groups attends in an attempt to subdue his emotional state and relieve his insomniac state. However, he starts to hallucinate and disassociate himself creating an alter ego. The rest is a lot of fights and a secrecy club with long roots.


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Inception, 2010

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Inception’s plot is a complex one with an ending that stays with you for a long time. The movie is about a thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.

With the amount of stress and emotional trauma, the main character can’t fall asleep to carry out the jobs of inception without the use of a heavy sedative.

The Machinist, 2004

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Do you imagine what is like to not sleep for an entire year? What a tol that could have on your body and on your mental health? Watch this movie and you’ll never take insomnia lightly again.

The main character works in a factory and suffers from a severe case of insomnia that he is literally withering away. When a workplace happens, his colleagues mistrust him and abuse him.

Total Recall, 1990

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In the future, people can have implanted memories, it’s a trade, a real business. The character of Arnold Schwarzenegger is haunted by a recurring dream about a journey to Mars. In his quest to know more about the dream, he discovers the lies behind the corporation that sell implanted memories and about himself.

By now, you know that Hollywood is obsessed with sleep deprivation and sleep disorders and loves to play off the effects it can have on the body and on the mind.

Although, we don’t take this issue lightly if you do have a sleep disorder or something feel out of place, please seek help. Otherwise, you will enter an underground fight club or try to write small notes to your self to find your way to the fridge. nothing good can come of that.

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