Friedrich Nietzsche was a German philosopher, famous for his critical texts on subjects such as morality, science, religion and contemporary culture.
He was also an insomniac and often took opium and prescribed himself sedatives in a bid to improve his sleep.
What many people don't know is that he also came up with ten commandments for overcoming insomnia (no sleeping pills required).
These commandments were recently uncovered by a Brazilian actress and script writer and published in a Brazilian weekly.
I'd like to share them with you today.
To get a good night’s rest, you need to stay awake all day.
Ten times a day must thou overcome thyself; for that brings weariness – and with it sleep.
Ten times a day must thou reconcile with thyself; for overcoming is bitter – and badly sleep the unreconciled.
Ten truths must thou uncover each day; otherwise thy soul will be hungry and seek truth during the night.
Ten times must thou laugh each day; ten spells of cheer will keep thy stomach from disturbing thee during the night.
One must have all the virtues to get a good night’s rest. But forget not to put the virtues to sleep before thou; for virtues can be quite quarrelsome.
One must make peace with one’s demons and the demons of others, too; otherwise they will torment you during the night.
Thou shalt not covet the wife (or husband) of others.
Thou shalt not sin against chastity.
Thou shalt not eat heavy foods before sleeping.
In general, there's some good stuff in here - all the more impressive when you consider these 'commandments' were put together over 100 years ago.
Last updated: January 10, 2013