Short Ted Talks
- How many hours of sleep do you usually get (weeknights and on the weekend)?
- Do you get enough sleep?
- What time do you usually go to bed? What time do you usually wake up?
- What do you do before you go to bed?
- How long does it usually take you to fall asleep?
- What is your wake-up routine?
- What position do you sleep in?
- Do you use sleep apps?
- How often do you experience insomnia?
- What helps you (or prevents you) from sleeping well? (temperature, lighting, noise, foods, etc.)
- What do you remember about bedtime and sleep habits from childhood?
- What do you sleep on? (matt, type of mattress, sofa, etc.?)
- What do you think about when you lie awake at night?
- Have you ever pulled an all-nighter? When and why?
- What happens if you don’t get enough sleep?
- Do you like taking naps?
- Have you ever taken a nap at work?
- Did you ever fall asleep during class?
- Who are the best and worst sleepers in your family?
- Do you sleep well away from home? (hotel, bus, airplanes, etc.)
- What and how much do you eat and drink before bed?
- Have you ever experienced sleep paralysis?
- Are you more of a night owl or an early bird?
- Do you often remember your dreams?
- Do you have any recurring dreams?
- Do you believe dreams have special meanings?
- Have you ever dreamt in English?
- Do you use an alarm to wake up? What kind of alarm audio?
- Do you prefer to use the snooze option or wake up right away?
- Are you a heavy sleeper or a light sleeper?
Sleep Vocabulary and Idioms
- hit the sack/ hit the hay = go to bed
- tuck someone in = put a child into their bed, making them comfortable & ready to sleep
- Sleep tight! = sleep well (a way of saying ‘goodnight’ to someone)
- out like a light = fall asleep immediately
- sleep like a baby = sleep very deeply and peacefully
- sleep like a log = sleep very deeply, nothing can wake you
- not sleep a wink = not sleep at all
- toss and turn = experience restless sleep with lots of moving around
- a light sleeper = a person who wakes up easily in the night
- up at the crack of dawn = get up very early
- sleep late: wake up late
- sleep in – to stay in bed longer than you usually do
- go to sleep late: to stay up very late
- a catnap – a short sleep in the day
- a night owl – someone who stays up late, someone who functions better at night
- fast/sound asleep – deeply asleep
- shut-eye – sleep
- to catch some Zs – to get some sleep
- to drop/nod off – to (briefly and unintentionally) fall asleep
- to get up on the wrong side of the bed – to start the day in a bad mood
- to lose sleep over something – to worry about something
- to sleep on it – to delay making a decision until the next day so that you have time to think over it
- burn the candles at both ends – to be exhausted from staying up too late and waking up too early
- Sleepover / Slumber Party – to sleep at someone else’s home
- all-nighter, pull an all-nighter: to stay up all night intentionally (usually to study or party)