English Expressions Related To Sleep

Here you will learn advanced English expressions related to sleep. Are you a light or a heavy sleeper? Learn how you can describe bad and good sleep in English. 

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English expressions related to sleep

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What are we going to talk about today?

Today, I’ll give you the English expressions related to sleep. I’ll give you the meanings and examples. Let’s start:

Here are some expressions that you can use to describe good sleep.

How to describe good sleep in English?

out like a light

Meaning: when you switch out the lights in your room, it goes dark immediately, so it means that you lie down on the bed and fall asleep immediately

Example:

He went to bed, and within 10 seconds he was out like a light.

🧒 How did you sleep last night?

👩🏼‍🦰 Oh, I went out like a light.

Meaning I fell asleep really quickly, slept really well and woke up feeling wonderful.

to sleep like a baby

This is an interesting expression. It really depends on how babies sleep. In my experience of babies, they don’t always sleep wonderfully, but when they do sleep, they sleep peacefully and long.

Meaning: to sleep really well, long and peacefully

Example:

He went to bed after a long, hard day of work and slept like a baby.

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English expressions related to sleep

And a similar expression

to sleep like a log

A log refers to a long piece of wood cut from a tree. Of course, a log can be lying in the forest for years and years, and nobody ever disturbs it.

Meaning: to sleep solid, to sleep long and undisturbed

Example:

This was the most wonderful sleep I had for a long time; I slept like a log.

So what about the opposite?

Here are some English expressions to describe bad sleep.

How to describe bad sleep in English?

not sleep a wink

Meaning: not sleep at all, fail to fall asleep

Examples:

Last night was terrible; I didn’t sleep a wink. The neighbour was knocking, the music was banging, the traffic was going; it was a disaster.

I had to get up really early for the train, so I didn’t sleep a wink.

We can also say

not get a wink of sleep

Example:

The kids were sick all night; I didn’t sleep a wink.

English expressions related to sleep

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And in a similar way, we can have a bad night’s sleep when we

toss and turn

Meaning: to move around in your bed being unable to settle and fall asleep

Example:

I tossed and turned half of the night and eventually fell asleep just before dawn.  

Many of us are what we call light sleepers.

a light sleeper

Meaning: someone who wakes up at the slightest noise

Example:

I am a light sleeper; I always wake up if the traffic starts early on the streets.

The opposite of a light sleeper is

a heavy sleeper

Meaning: someone who is able to sleep through the noise and doesn’t wake up easily

Example:

My husband is such a heavy sleeper, he never wakes up when the baby is crying!

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And then the last one

to lose sleep over something

When we lose sleep over something, it means there’s something on our mind, and as a result, we spend some of the night thinking about it.

We usually use this expression in the negative

to not lose sleep over something

Meaning: to not worry about something too much

Example:

If it’s only happening once or twice per day, I wouldn’t lose any sleep over it.

English expressions related to sleep

When we’re talking about sleeping, we often use these two expressions:

a catnap

forty winks

Meaning: a quick little sleep, usually during the day

Examples:

When I have a catnap in the afternoon, I always feel refreshed in the evening.

I was busy all day, so I grabbed a quick forty winks after lunch.

If you ever watch your pet cat sleeping. They sleep and then they wake up, and then they go to sleep again, and then they wake up. They have lots of little periods of sleep during the day.

Okay, here my expressions related to sleep:

out like a light

  • to sleep like a baby
  • to sleep like a log
  • not sleep a wink
  • toss and turn
  • a light sleeper
  • a heavy sleeper
  • not lose sleep over something
  • catnap
  • forty winks

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