How to Talk About Sleep in English

What do you do for approximately 33% of your life? SLEEP!

In this post you will learn English vocabulary to discuss sleep. Also, listen about my horrible night.


wake up
Meaning: arise from sleeping, awaken, become conscious
Example: I woke up at 7am this morning.

take a nap
Meaning: sleep for a short time during, usually during the middle of the day
Example: My friend Emma takes a nap every afternoon.

go to sleep/fall asleep
Meaning: change from a waking to a sleeping state
Example: Last night I went to sleep at 10pm.

sleep in
Meaning: Sleep later than usual/normal
Example: I am so excited that I get to sleep in tomorrow.

stay up late
Meaning: not go to bed at normal time, go to bed later than usual
Example: I stayed up late last night. I was busy working online and couldn’t go to bed earlier.

Meaning: to sleep longer or later than you planned/intended
Example: I missed my ride this morning because I overslept.

Types of sleep- You can describe the way someone sleeps in the following terms.

deep sleep
Meaning: profound sleep (or slow wave sleep), people have trouble awakening
Example: I was in such a deep sleep; I didn’t even hear my alarm go off.

heavy sleeper
Meaning: someone who does not awake easily, even to loud noises
Example: My grandpa is a heavy sleeper. He doesn’t even wake up when we play loud music.

restless sleep
Meaning: moves a lot while sleeping, never still while sleeping
Example: My husband moves around the bed all night long. He is a restless sleeper.

light sleeper
Meaning: is easily woken up by any small sound
Example: Emily is a light sleeper. If she hears any noises, she wakes up right away.

Other words and phrases to help you talk about sleep in English:

snooze button
Meaning: large button on alarm clock, if you press it the alarm will go off again 10 minutes later (So you can sleep for 10 more minutes.)
Example: I hit the snooze button four times this morning.

white noise
Meaning: Noise containing many frequencies with equal intensities; like a fan or rain
Example: I can’t sleep without white noise.

Meaning: the usual or normal time someone goes to bed
Example: The kid’s bedtime is 8pm.

at the crack of dawn
Meaning: sunrise, at the first day’s light
Example: My husband gets up at the crack of dawn to go to work.

sleep like a baby
Meaning: sleep well, sleep like a baby
Example: I was so tired last night; I slept like a baby.

Meaning: A series of thoughts and images occurring in a person’s mind during sleep
Example: My daughter dreamed she was a bird.

Meaning: a frightening or bad dream
Example: My son wakes up screaming from nightmares almost every night

morning person
Meaning: a person that likes to wake up early, feels energetic and is happy
Example: My mom is a morning person. She loves getting up early.

night owl
Meaning: a person who finds it easy to stay up late at night; a person who is active and energetic at night
Example: My boyfriend is a night owl. He never goes to bed before 2am.

sleep together/sleep with
Meaning: have sexual relations, to be sexual partners
Example: I slept with the girl I met at the bar last night.

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Listening Activity: Sharks

It is important to develop your listening comprehension in English. Training your ears to understand natural English is important. Many tests such as IELTS and TOEFL have listening portions to the test.

Below is a listening activity about sharks. Listen carefully. You can take a quiz to test your listening comprehension when finished. You might want to listen two or three times to make sure you fully understand what you are hearing. Remember, you do NOT need to understand every word when listening. Try to listen for the most important information.

Non-Fiction Listening Activity: Sharks


Listening Comprehension Quiz: Sharks

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Questions Doctors Ask Patients

Below are common questions that doctor or nurse will ask you. Answering the questions correctly helps the doctor diagnose your medical problem correctly and get you on the way to feeling better.

#1- What brings you in today?

Answer: Tell the doctor why you are there. Does something hurt? Have you been having some unusual symptoms? Are you pregnant? Did you fall?

#2- What hurts?

Answer: Name the part(s) of the body that is hurting you and when they hurt.

#3- What are your symptoms?

Answer: More specifically, what is going on with your body? What do you feel? Common symptoms: dizziness, cough, stomach ache, diarrhea, head ache, stomach ache, vertigo, constipation, sore throat, sleeplessness, feeling bad, etc.

#4- How long has this been going on?

Answer: How many days or months have your symptoms been going on? Give an estimate if you do not know exactly.

#5- Has the pain been getting better or worse?

Answer: When do you feel the worst? Is it always the same time of day? Does it hurt all of the time? After you do a certain activity?

#6- Do you smoke? Do you take any recreational drugs? Do you drink alcohol and how often?

Answer: Truthfully answer the question. Your answer helps how the doctor makes his/her diagnosis. Also be sure to tell the doctor how often/how much.

#7- Do you have a family history of this?

Answer: The doctor wants to know if something runs in your family. Tell the doctor if your parents, siblings or grandparents had similar ailments. They often will ask you this about a list of diseases; like: cancer, diabetes, hypertension, depression, anxiety, heart problems, etc.

#8- Do you take any medicines or supplements?

Answer: This helps the doctor know if the symptoms that you are feeling are side effects of the medicine or not. Supplements means: vitamins or herbs.

#9- Are you sexually active?

Answer: This helps the doctor know if they should consider pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted diseases in their possible diagnosis.

#10- Have you had any previous surgeries?

Answer: Tell the doctor yes or no. If you have had surgeries tell the doctor what kind and how long ago.

#11- Does it hurt when I push here?

Answer: During a physical exam the doctor will touch or push on different parts of the body. Tell the doctor if that area hurts when touched or not.

#12- Are you allergic to any medicines?

Answer: If the doctor prescribes you medicine they want to make sure you have not had a bad reaction to it in the past.


By understanding what questions a doctor will ask you in English, you will be able to prepare for a visit to the doctor’s office, clinic or hospital before you go.


At the Zoo, I saw…

Watch the video and find out which animals I saw at the zoo.


At the zoo, I saw___________________.

After watching the video, answer the following questions.

  1. Did I see a cat at the zoo?
  2. Did I see a horse or a monkey at the zoo?
  3. Did I see a wolf at the zoo?
  4. Did I see a rabbit at the zoo?
  5. Did I see a lion or a dog at the zoo?
  6. Did I see a cow at the zoo?
  7. Did I see a tiger at the zoo?
  8. Did I see a penguin or a crab at the zoo?
  9. Did I see a shark at the zoo?
  10. Did I see a frog and a snake at the zoo?


What other animals have you seen at the zoo? What is your favorite animal?

Winter Vocabulary

Watch the following video and learn common English words used in the winter.

Winter Vocabulary Words:



snow blower








ice skates

ice rink

snow skis


ice fishing

fishing pole

snow man


hot chocolate


whipped cream

snow ball

snow ball fight

snow mobile






  1. Many animals _________________ in the winter.
  2. I like to put _____________ and _______________ in my hot chocolate.
  3. The kids used three large snowballs to make a ___________________.
  4. When the lake is frozen, my uncle likes to go _________________________ and catch fish.
  5. Gary likes to drive his __________________ really fast in the snow.
  6. You have to be careful when it’s ____________________or you might fall.
  7. My ____________ help me balance when I am skiing.
  8. The __________________________ cleans the snow off the road.
  9. There are ______________ coming off the roof of my house.
  10. He is _________________ the driveway after it snows.


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