Spider-Man Star Opens Up About His Sleep Disturbances

written by / November 26, 2021
Spider-Man Star Opens Up About His Sleep Disturbances

Tom Holland has revealed that his fame has been tough on his sleep habits. The 25-year-old British actor who became a Marvel superhero after taking on the role of Spider-Man in 2016 opened up about his struggle with sleep paralysis in a recent interview with GQ Magazine

Sleep paralysis is a condition involving a feeling of being conscious but unable to move.  Holland also spoke about his sleepwalking, undressing in his sleep, and having nightmares. 

After landing the role of Spider-Man, the young actor was propelled to mega-stardom. He said his sleep problems started around the same time.

Stress is a common cause of the type of sleep disturbances that Holland seems to be struggling with. It’s not uncommon for individuals to experience multiple sleep disorders at the same time.

Sleep paralysis, for example, is a terrifying experience that occurs when the person is passing between the stages of sleep and wakefulness. About 7.6% of people have experienced sleep paralysis at some point in time.  

Those diagnosed with the condition also experience nightmares. For Tom Holland, the nightmares involve being surrounded by paparazzi who are snapping photos of him.

Sleep parasomnias like sleepwalking, teeth grinding, sleep talking, or other unusual behavior during sleep can also be caused by stress. Holland’s case is quite severe since he claims he wakes up completely naked 40% of the time.

While most people suffering from these conditions turn to CBD oil for sleep and similar natural sleep aids, the Spider-Man star has another approach—practicing lucid dreaming.

Lucid dreaming practice is learning to recognize when you’re sleeping and turn this to your advantage by controlling the situation. 

Holland also hinted that he is grappling with anxiety about people invading his privacy and frequently checks for recording devices after waking up. 

Marija Kovachevska is a content writer at, Biochemist and Activist. After obtaining her BSc in Biochemistry and Physiology she changed her microscope for content research tools and continued researching in the fields of Medicine, Biology, and Communication. Her insatiable curiosity flare drove her to become a “content scientist writer” as she likes to say. Reality fascinates her and facts and statistics are a must-have feature in her articles. Fluent in English and French, she is a volunteer and communication associate for several non-profit organizations. French culture and handcrafting are her passion, but in her free time, she indulges in long walks and traveling, or as she likes to say “experiencing the inexperienced.”