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  • Snooze Buttons and English Idioms About Sleep with Listening Exercise

    Do you know what a Snooze Button is? Does it have a name in your language? Well, I know the snooze button all too well. I hit snooze a few times each morning, to give myself time to wake up. Do you have this habit?

    Talking about sleep is interesting, especially because in our fast paced world it seems that no one is getting enough sleep. Siestas are becoming a thing of the past and getting only 4 hours of sleep a night has become normal.

    Not only is talking about sleep interesting, it also introduces English learners to a lot of useful phrasal verbs and idiomatic expressions.

    Do you know what it means to be dead tired? Do you sleep like a log? Are any of your co-workers asleep at the wheel?
    What do these idioms about sleep mean? Take a guess!

    Our listening exercise is about using the snooze button on your alarm. Listen to the research about whether or not you should use the snooze and answer the questions below. After that try completing our sleep idioms multiple choice game.

    1. Is it the beginning of a never ending cycle that ends in you being late and _____ tired.

    2. What would happen without alarm clocks?

    3. Body temperature ______sleep becomes ________.

    4. What is the problem with alarms?

    5. The ______ the sleep the _____potent the sleep intertia.

    6. Why does the snooze button do more damage than good?

    7. What is better than the snooze button?

    8. What can you do to help you feel less tired?

    9. What is the saying? What does it mean?

    Ok. Now for some sleep idioms. Answer which is the best definition of the sleep idiom in your multiple choices.

    1. Sleep like a log

    a. to sleep terribly      b. to be uncomfortable in your bed           c. to sleep really well

    2. Asleep at the wheel

    a.  to fall asleep while driving                        b. to be irresponsible in regards to your work and duties                                                c. to sleep alongside the road

    3. Cat nap

    a. when cats are sleeping                              b. to take a short nap during the day                                                             c. to daydream

    4. To sleep on something

    a. to sleep on something hard like a rock in your bed                                    b. to take some time to make an important decision                                      c. to sleep outside on the ground.

    If you want to clarify some of these important sleep idioms then take a class with us! Your teacher will introduce you to many English idioms about sleep and you can have a great conversation class that targets some pretty useful language in English. After all, isn’t sleep one of the most important things we can talk about.

    Sleep tight!

    • Maybe

      Hello,
      I would like to ask, what is the answer to the 6th question (there is a word beginning with “m” – the body … started… – which I don’t understand) and what exactly the saying means (9th question)?
      Thank you!

      • LOIEnglish

        #6: as a result the second alarm may cause you to feel even more tired.
        #9: You snooze, you lose. It means that if you are not awake and attentive you’ll miss opportunities.