ESL Worksheets: Sleep Idioms
- Level: ESL High-Intermediate
- Objective: practice idioms related to sleep
1. In pairs students discuss the following questions:
• As people grow and mature, is there a difference in their sleep patterns? Does a teenager sleep in the same way as a full time university student?
• Is it good to nap in the middle of the day? How may it affect someone’s night sleep?
• What life circumstances can make a person lose sleep, sleep badly or sleep well?
Take the questions up introducing a few idioms from today’s lesson. Talk about ‘sleep like a log’, ‘not sleep a wink’, ‘recharge batteries’ when you discuss the 1st question. Introduce ‘cat nap’ when talking about the 2d and ‘toss and turn’ when relating to the last one.
2. Have students match the idioms (1-10) to their definitions (a-j).
- 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. Students read sentences 1-10 and fill in the blanks with the missing idioms.
3. Additional practice: students practice the new idioms discussing the questions below in small groups.
- Conversation Questions:
1. Are you a light sleeper or do you sleep like a log?
2. How long does it take you to recharge your batteries after a difficult week at work?
3. What time do you usually hit the hay?
4. Do you make sure to get your beauty sleep?
5. Do you sometimes toss and turn at night?
6. What would keep you wide awake at night?
7. Can a cap nap restore your energy for some time?
8. Are you able to get a shuteye on a bus or subway?
9. People of which professions would be up at the crack of dawn?
10. Why couldn’t David sleep a wink the night before Christmas?