The World’s Wackiest Sleep Habits

The World’s Wackiest Sleep Habits

Superstitions are a funny thing, and there can be all sorts of reasons why we have them – usually to bring us good luck. However, when it comes to sleep, some of us might use them in the hope of better bedroom fortunes.

The socks-on, socks-off debate is age-old, as is whether we sleep with one pillow or two – but as actual superstitions go, some can be far deeper-rooted and quirkier.

Although the idea of a bedtime ritual is not uncommon, the things we do within them certainly can be – but if they work for you, they can be great.

Getting into a regular sleep routine is strongly recommended by Silentnight’s resident sleep therapist, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan – but we’re also fascinated by some of the wacky things people get up to as part of their rituals too.

We’ve done some research into some of the most bizarre superstitions that famous people have had over the years, and picked out some of our favourites.

Charles Dickens

Dickens slept facing north, as he believed this improved his creativity. An alleged insomniac, the writer always kept a navigation compass with him to ensure that he both wrote and slept facing north.

Emily Brontë

The famous novelist walked around in circles until she fell asleep.

Also an insomnia sufferer, Brontë would walk around her dining room table repeatedly until she felt tired enough to fall asleep.


The US rapper allegedly puts tinfoil on his windows to keep out light for a good quality night’s sleep.

He has also said he listens to white noise throughout the night, as it helps him sleep better particularly when travelling between different time zones.

Mick Jagger

Perhaps the most bizarre of the lot comes courtesy of Rolling Stones rocker, Mick Jagger. It was reported recently that the singer allegedly refuses to sleep on the same mattress two nights in a row while on tour.

Jagger, now 76-years old, also insists that the original wrapping remains on the mattress while a member of hotel staff sleeps on it for a night beforehand to ‘break it in’.

How often should I change my mattress?

While changing your mattress as often as Mick Jagger is perhaps a little extreme – Silentnight recommends getting a new one every eight years – it is certainly important to keep an eye on its condition, and make sure the one you have is right for you.

If you think about your mattress’ heavy daily usage, even if it still feels comfortable and supportive, it will have inevitably softened over time – there are also various hygiene benefits of a freshen up after a number of years.

We call this a ‘bed MOT’ – but if you’re unsure whether now might be the right time, why not take the Sleep Council test to give you a steer.

You might also find Silentnight’s bed and mattress buying guide useful if you’re unsure about your mattress, and whether it might be time for an upgrade.

Do you have any strange bedtime superstitions or habits? Perhaps you also have one related to your mattress? Get in touch on our social media pages and let us know.

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