Weirdly Interesting 14 Famous People with Narcolepsy  

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This list of famous people with narcolepsy is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Narcolepsy is a disorder caused by the brain improperly regulating sleep-wake cycles. Narcolepsy is often confused with insomnia, as individuals who suffer from the disorder have trouble sleeping at night. Narcolepsy is thought to be caused by genetics or environmental issues that result in a virus. There is no known cure for narcolepsy, but it can be treated with medication and therapy. These famous narcoleptics all struggle with the condition.

Who is the most famous person with narcolepsy? Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill tops our list. Churchill didn't stress much about his condition stating that, “You must sleep sometime between lunch and dinner… Take off your clothes and get into bed… You get two days in one. Well, at least one-and-a-half.” Thomas Alva Edison, Louis Braille, and Harriet Tubman also suffered from narcolepsy.

Narcolepsy also impacts more modern Hollywood celebrities. Comedian and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel wrote an essay for Esquire about his condition. In it, Kimmel states, “Truth be told, I'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.”

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Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 14 Famous People with Narcolepsy
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Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain was undiagnosed as a narcoleptic, but he claimed that he suffered from the condition in interviews.

Age: Died at 27 (1967-1994)

Birthplace: Aberdeen, Washington, United States of America

Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer, Artist

Credits: Moulin Rouge!, Jerry Maguire, The Big Short, Jarhead

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Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 14 Famous People with Narcolepsy
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Winston Churchill is one of the most famous people to suffer from Narcolepsy.  He commented on his condition stating, "You must sleep sometime between lunch and dinner... Take off your clothes and get into bed... You get two days in one. Well, at least one-and-a-half."

Age: Died at 91 (1874-1965)

Birthplace: Blenheim Palace, United Kingdom

Profession: Statesman, Painter, Politician, Journalist, Orator, + more

Credits: Young Winston, Churchill's People, The First World War, The Finest Hours

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Jimmy Kimmel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 14 Famous People with Narcolepsy
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Comedian Jimmy Kimmel makes light of his narcolepsy by saying, "Truth be told, I'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."

Age: 49

Birthplace: Mill Basin, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Jimmy Kimmel Live! The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, Windy City Heat, Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson

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Thomas Edison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 14 Famous People with Narcolepsy
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Thomas Edison was thought to have had narcolepsy as he was photographed sleeping in his lab.

Age: Died at 84 (1847-1931)

Birthplace: Milan, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Inventor, Scientist, + more

Credits: Frankenstein, The Patchwork Girl of Oz, Mr. Mike's Mondo Video, Electrocuting an Elephant

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