Sunday, July 10, 2011

Cure for insomnia – Vincent van Gogh

Famous Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) suffered from insomnia.

He struggled to get some rest during the night for a long period of time until an idea came to him.  He took a large dosage of camphor (aromatic odor) and poured it all over his mattress and pillow.

And it worked. This strong aromatic odor would stun him and put him to sleep.

Unfortunately, Vincent van Gogh was also suffering from anxiety and increasingly frequent bouts of mental illness throughout his life. Camphor didn’t helped him with that. At the age of 37, Vincent shot himself in the chest with a revolver. He died two days later in extreme agony.

His last words were: "The sadness will last forever" (La tristesse durera toujours).

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