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Sleeping at work

You wanted different ways to talk about sleeping - You got it!   We all have to sleep. Doctors generally advise 9 hours a day but it’s not always possible. When you work long hours, you may only get 5 or 6. Extremely busy people sometimes ‘pull an all-nighter’ where they don’t sleep at all. Then they try to catch up on lost sleep later on.  

[poll id='59'] Here are 2 common types of sleep people have: Light sleep This is where any noise will wake you up. You may hear people say “I’m a light sleeper so please be quiet” Heavy sleep This is where you are completely asleep and ‘dead to the world’. A person may say that “I’m a heavy sleeper so I’d even sleep through an earthquake”. English speakers use numerous ways to talk about going to sleep. Have a look at these: To doze off to nod off to drop off These all mean to fall asleep but are also used to refer to when someone is sitting down and is very tired. They probably don’t want to sleep but you’ll hear something comment that “he just dozed off on his chair”. To get some shut-eye To hit the sack To hit the hay To grab some z's To turn in All of these mean ‘to go to sleep’. So, tonight you can tell your family you are going to do any of the above before you say good night. If you don’t have time for a proper sleep then you can have a nap. You could also call it: A catnap A power nap Instead of saying “I’m going for a nap” you could try: I’m going to have a snooze I’m going to catch forty winks Another alternative that is popular is: I’m going to lay down for 5 minutes. If you decide to have a nap at school or work and you get caught then say: I was just resting my eyes If you nap at work this is called: Sleeping on the job

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