Lesson 38: Sleep


In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: sleep. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Kevin and Dorothy are talking about sleep.

Are you a light sleeper or a heavy sleeper?
I’m a light sleeper because any noise disturbs me. What about you?
I’m a heavy sleeper and a night owl because I can sleep through anything, and I go to bed late.
I’m a morning person. Do you use an alarm clock?
No, I can wake up without one.
Do you like to nap?
Of course! I love to nap.
I don’t take naps. Have you ever had a nightmare?
I seldom have nightmares, but I dream a lot.
If I go to bed late, I sometimes have nightmares.


Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

light sleeper  (n) someone who wakes easily
I’m a light sleeper because every noise bothers me.
heavy sleeper (n) someone who sleeps deeply and is difficult to wake up
I’m a heavy sleeper because I can sleep through anything.
disturb (v) to cause someone to stop what the person is doing, or to interrupt an activity
You like to disturb me while I’m sleeping.
night owl (idiom) someone who is more active at night and goes to bed late
I’m a night owl because I always go to bed at 2 AM.
morning person (n) someone who wakes up early and is active in the mornings
I’m a morning person because I like to wake up early.
alarm clock (n) a clock that can be set to wake someone up
I don’t use an alarm clock to wake up in the morning.
wake up (n) an act or instance of opening your eyes after sleeping
I usually wake up at 7:00 AM, but I get up at 7:30 AM
nap (v or n) to have a brief period of sleep, normally in the afternoon; a short sleep, especially during the day
I nap every day. I take a nap every day.
dream (n) images that you see while you are sleeping
Last night I had a dream about you.
nightmare (n) a dream that scares someone while they sleep;  a bad dream
I had a nightmare last night about scary monsters.


Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. Are you a morning person or night owl?
    1. I’m a morning person because I don’t like sleeping late.
    2. I’m a night owl because I love watching movies late at night.
    3. Your answer:
  2. Are you a heavy or light sleeper?
    1. I’m a heavy sleeper because I can sleep no matter how loud a noise is.
    2. I’m a light sleeper because any little noise wakes me up.
    3. Your answer:
  3. Do you dream a lot?
    1. I usually don’t remember my dreams.
    2. Yes, I remember most of my dreams in detail.
    3. Your answer:
  4. Do you use an alarm clock to wake up?
    1. I never use an alarm clock.
    2. I use an alarm clock only when I have an important meeting at work.
    3. Your answer:
  5. Do you like to take naps?
    1. I love to take naps every day.
    2. I only take naps when I’m extremely tired.
    3. Your answer:


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Do you think it’s good to take naps? Why or why not?
  2. Why do you think people have nightmares?
  3. Why do you think people don’t remember some of their dreams?
  4. Why do you think people go to bed late?
  5. Why do you think people wake up early?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.



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