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Sleeping Idioms and expressions

Sleep, Dreams and Nightmares

A. Match the idioms to their definitions:


1.recharge batteries  (a) sleep soundly        
2.shuteye                (b) very early in the morning   
3.not sleep a wink     (c) sleep (informal)
4.catnap                 (d) short sleep
5.hit the hay            (e) go to bed
6.sleep like a log       (f) not sleep at all
7.toss and turn         (g) be constantly moving in bed

8.beauty sleep               unable to sleep

9. wide awake           (h) regain energy be sleeping or

10. crack of dawn           resting

                              (i) fully awake

                              (j) sleep before midnight or as

                                  recommended by health

                                  professionals (about 8 hours

                                  for adults) to preserve


                                  youthful looks



B. Ask your partner and answer the following questions




What time do you usually go to bed?

What time do you usually get up?

Do you ever stay up all night? Why?

Do you usually sleep in on the weekend?

Are you a light sleeper or a heavy sleeper?

Do you snore?

Do you ever drool in your sleep?

Do you use an alarm clock? What time is it set for?

Who usually wakes you up in the morning?

Do you ever have insomnia?

What is a good cure for insomnia? What do you usually do when you have insomnia?

What do you usually do just before you go to bed?

What do you usually do as soon as you wake up?

Do you ever take naps during the day?

What do you do when you are tired but you have work to do?

Do you drink coffee in the morning?

Are you an early bird or a night owl?

When you were young did you sleep with a stuffed animal?

When you were young did you sleep in the same bed as your parents?

Describe your bed:

Describe a nightmare that you have had:

Describe a pleasant dream that you have had:

Have you ever dreamt that  . . .

. . . you were falling?

. . . you were taking a test?

. . . you were speaking in another language?

. . . you found some money?

. . . you received a present?

. . . were being chased but you couldn’t run?


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