Articles/video to help you with talking about sleep in English

This blog post contains two articles and a video that are talking about sleep in English. I had a really long trip home to Donegal from Lisbon at the weekend, including waiting five hours for a bus in the early hours of the morning. As such, I have been thinking a lot in the last few days about how important sleep is. I was completely exhausted when I got home on Saturday morning and spent most of the day sleeping. I didn’t wake up until about 5pm, when I got up to watch the English FA Cup final on TV.

Now that I’ve had a few nights of proper sleep, I feel a hundred times better. A friend of mine who works night shifts also recently told me that he’s getting sick of his routine (working from midnight until 8 or 9am) and plans to quit his job soon. Around the same time as he was telling me this, I read the first article that I have linked in this blog post. It says that living a life outside of normal daylight hours affects our mood negatively. In other words, there is more chance of feeling depressed if you stay awake at night and sleep during the day.

In the second reading link, the authors are also talking about sleep in English, in particular about what to do when you are struggling to sleep. They offer some different breathing and psychological tricks to help you get yourself to sleep quicker. I haven’t tried any of their suggestions yet, but the idea of telling yourself to stay awake (number 3) sounds interesting. I also have a habit of doing number 12 (making a list of things I need to do tomorrow), which I suppose subconsciously helps me to sleep.

Finally, the video features a medical expert talking about sleep in English, in particular the medical consequences of not getting enough sleep.

Sleep is one of the potential topics that can come up in the IELTS exam speaking section. Here are some common Part 1 questions:

1. How many hours do you sleep every day?
2. Is it necessary to take a nap every day?
3. Do old people sleep a lot? Why?
4. How to have a good sleep?
5. Do you like to get up early in the morning?
6. Can you sleep well if you are in a noisy environment?

Here is a Part 2 question:

Describe a night when you could not sleep at all.
You should say:

when it happened
where you were then
why you could not sleep that night
and explain how you felt about it.

And some Part 3 questions:

Have you overslept before?
Do you like to have a “lie-in” sometimes?
Do people sleep enough in your country?
Compared to the past, do people sleep more or less?
Will people sleep more or less in future?
What are the benefits of sleep?
What are the negative aspects about not sleeping enough?
Which hours are the best for sleep?


Body clock linked to mood disorders

Tips for getting to sleep more easily




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