This week was very difficult, as usual. Why? I rarely get a good night’s sleep (= sleep enough to feel good) during the week. I am a night owl (= go to bed late) and a heavy sleeper (= sleep deeply) so it is very difficult for me to get up early in the morning every day. The moment I fall asleep (= start sleeping), I sleep like a log (= sleep very well). I hardly ever have a sleepless night (= a night without sleep), but still I yawn (= open my mouth wide and take a big breath) every day of the week because I go to sleep too late. Life is very difficult for people who like to stay up late at night (= not go to bed early).
More contexts for the new words:
- She is an early bird.
(= She likes getting up early in the morning.)
- She is a light sleeper.
(= She wakes up easily.)
Choose the best option to complete each sentence.
- I like to stand/ become/ stay up late at night.
- I’ve had a lot of sleepless/ no-sleep/ non-sleep nights recently.
- I always feel/ fall/ fell asleep really quickly.
- John is a weighty/ heavy/ fat sleeper.
- After a hard day at work, I always sleep like a tree/ log/ wood.
- My husband works until 2 am – he really is a night/ evening/ late owl.
Use the pictures to complete the questions, and then answer them.
- Do you know anyone who sleeps like a …………………………………… ?
- Do you know any ………………………. sleepers?
- Are you an early bird or a night ………………………. ?
ENGLISH IN USE
In the text above there are many expressions which help us show that something happens regularly. For example:
I rarely get a good night’s sleep. or I hardly ever have a sleepless night.
There are some more words which work in a similar way:
always, usually, often, sometimes, seldom, never.
Just remember that they are never used at the end of the sentence, so we say:
I usually go to work early. Not: I go to work early usually.
I never start work at 9. Not: I start work at 9 never.
A/ Mum, can I go to the SLEEP-OVER at Jim’s?
B/ No way, you’re much too young for that kind of thing!
A sleep-over is a kind of party when a young person or a group of young people stay for the night at the house of a friend. Another expression is a slumber party.
PHRASAL VERBS CLOSE-UP
- When you SLEEP IN, you continue sleeping after the time you usually wake up.
We all sleep in on Sundays.
All I dream of is sleeping in for a couple of days.
- When you SLEEP something OFF, you get rid of an unpleasant feeling by sleeping, especially after eating or drinking too much.
I spent the day after the wedding sleeping off the champagne.
I’ve eaten too much pizza – I’ll try to sleep it off.
Match the conversation halves.
- Karen is still in bed, sleeping off a. sleep-overs.
- Most people sleep in b. at the weekends.
- Teenagers like going to c. last night’s beer.
Do you have healthy sleeping habits? Do the quiz below and find out!
- How long do you sleep on average?
a) 3-4 hours
b) 5-6 hours
c) 7-8 hours
- Do you ever nap during the day?
a) sometimes – if I’m tired
b) no, never
c) yes, every day for half an hour.
- What do you drink when you have problems falling asleep?
a) a shot of vodka
b) some water
c) some warm milk with honey
4. When do you eat dinner?
a) just before going to bed
b) 4-5 hours before going to bed
c) 2-3 hours before sleeping
- Is the window open while you’re sleeping?
a) no way – I’m afraid of catching a cold
b) no, but I air my bedroom in the evening
c) yes, of course
If you’ve chosen mostly A answers – we have bad news for you. Your sleeping habits are terrible. You feel bad when you wake up and you’re always tired. Change something now!
If you’ve chosen mostly B answers – not bad! You do some of the things right, but there is still some room for improvement.
If you’ve chosen mostly C answers – give yourself a pat on the back! You have excellent sleeping habits, you wake up full of energy and feel fresh throughout the day. Good job!
– on average – usually
– nap – short sleep
– shot – little glass
– catching a cold – becoming slightly ill
– air – open the window to let in fresh air
– give yourself a pat on the back – congratulate yourself
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