How do you sleep?

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Joanne: Sleep is really important to me, so I always go to bed early to make sure that I get enough sleep.

Jo: At the moment it's a bit more difficult because I’ve got quite an active brain and I wake up at five o'clock in the morning, but normally I do sleep well. 

Joanna: Unfortunately 'No' is the simple answer to that question for me. At the moment I don't get enough sleep. I think you can probably tell by the dark circles under my eyes. 

Joanne: For me, seven hours is a minimum, but ideally I like to sleep for eight hours.

Jo: OK, so I've got a theory about this and I always try to sleep nine hours, which is amazing, impossible in the week. Or seven and a half hours or six hours is quite good.

Joanna: I think they say eight hours is the ideal amount of sleep. That, for me, would just be impossible these days. I'd be happy with six or seven hours in a row. So continuous hours, that would be amazing.

Jo: My theory is that the number of hours' sleep you have should divide by 1.5. And that's because a sleep cycle is 1.5 hours, so if I wake up in the middle of a cycle, maybe I'm dreaming or, I feel like it just makes me feel really, really tired and grumpy. 

Joanna: It is quite easy for me to get up in the morning because usually I wake up at five o'clock, half past five, and then I'm ready to get up at six, and start my day. My daughter goes to school early, so I'm up with her, having breakfast and then I usually go for a run to really wake me up properly.

Joanne: On weekdays I always set my alarm at 6.40 a.m. and I must say, it is quite hard to get out of bed. But then at weekends, I don't have to get up, so I don’t set my alarm clock, but I still wake up early, usually before seven, which is quite annoying.

Jo: Um, 'No' is the answer!


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Submitted by tonyaldridgeman on Fri, 02/06/2023 - 10:36


I've always found sleeping very useful, especially when I've been tired.

Submitted by Dan97 on Tue, 30/05/2023 - 06:39


Lately, I don't really get enough sleep. Sometimes , I don't sleep for three days. I think because of my insomnia. Whenever I can't sleep , I always try everything just to fall asleep, such as meditating, not using my phone, drinking warm milk before bed ..etc. but really nothing happens. I just want to get enough sleep like 8-9hrs a day . It's really easy for me to get up in the morning especially if there's something important to do on that day.

Submitted by angelj113 on Tue, 30/05/2023 - 05:39


Hey, well since my work has quite a hard schedule my resting time is not the best. One week I work in the day so I wake up at 5a.m and go to bed at about 10p.m, but when I'm working in the night I sleep just 3 hours and is quite difficult sometimes, though despite all this it is not hard for me to wake up in the morning and I don't feel tired.

Submitted by ekin1994 on Mon, 29/05/2023 - 15:09


I don't sleep well. My ideal amount of sleep is 7 hours. it is easy for me to get up in the morning.

Yeah ,Me too . I dont sleep well these day because I was heartbroken these days I was thinking a lot of him and also crying .My feeling not better still today

Submitted by mcarpenedo on Mon, 29/05/2023 - 10:24


Hey, good morning all!

I'm actually not sleeping very well lately. I have a dog that wakes me up several times during the night, so it happens that i only sleep few hours at a time, which is kind of bad for my health

My ideal mount of sleep, I think i could say about 7h-8h hours os sleep.

It's pretty easy for me. Sometimes my dog wakes me up around 6am (before the alarm clock even goes off) and I use that as an excuse to wake up already.

Submitted by Thin Thin Maw on Sun, 28/05/2023 - 17:09


I always sleep around 10 pm .
My ideal amount of sleep is may be about 8 hours. It is easy for me to get up in the morning. I always wake up around 5 AM. And 6 AM.

Submitted by ali.elhanifi on Sun, 28/05/2023 - 06:17


My daily routine helps me to sleep well. I have dinner early in half past seven oclock, I go to bed in midnight though.
When I was tired, I need more hours of sleeping.

Submitted by Jerry Tim on Sun, 28/05/2023 - 00:37


Ok thanks, my opinion I sleep 11:00 in the night you need sleep six hours

Submitted by svz29 on Tue, 23/05/2023 - 20:53


Hi) I would say that for the last few weeks I've not been sleeping well. I think it's due to certain personal problems. Because of it, I've been having bad dreams and it's awful. As that it makes me feel tired throughout the day

My ideal amount of sleep is around 8 hours. Also I believe that schedule of sleep is important too. I used to go to the bad at 11 pm and wake up at 7 am. And it was really good for me. Because I had enough energy to start my day.

It used to be easy. But now I struggle with getting up in the morning. I suggest that if my cat didn't want to eat so early I would only get up in the afternoon

Submitted by Prabal Chauhan on Tue, 23/05/2023 - 12:19


Do you sleep well?
I will say Yes, Because i am usually sleeping 7-8 hours per day.
What's your ideal amount of sleep?
As i said my ideal amount of sleep is 7-8 hours per day.
Is it easy for you to get up in the morning?
No, Because i'm living in a hostel, so you know that in hostel we are unable to sleep before 12. But yes everyday i want to sleep early, around 10 PM because if sleep around 10PM then we can easily walk up early in the morning.

Submitted by ahdeer on Mon, 22/05/2023 - 16:33


I usually sleep 5 or 6 hours daily, but i do think it's a good idea to have enoughl sleep during
the night, like 7 or 8 hours but if i sleep too short i endup feeling tired for the rest of the day.

sometimes i slept 4 hours and

Submitted by Surajthakur123 on Mon, 22/05/2023 - 15:49


sleep, I used to sleep every day at least 8 hours a day. I am a morning person who sleeps at night and wakes up early because of my grandmother who never let me sleep more than that. I found it hard to wake up early.

Good morning, everyone.
sleep is very important for ours to have a good time in the during of day usually I sleep in the night at 11 o'clock and get up in the morning at 7 o'clock and sometime if I sleep let unfortunately, I will have a bad and boring day. my suggestion is going to sleep in the night early and try to sleep around 7-8 hour in a day.

Submitted by mgcm on Sat, 20/05/2023 - 22:30


Sleep well is very important. I usually sleep about 5-6 h and wake-up is generally very difficult.

Hi Walter28,

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Submitted by Lobito on Sat, 20/05/2023 - 21:21


I agree with you Jo. I'm 68 ages and now I can't sleep a lot as when I was teenager. Thank Jo.

hello Lobito medom. i 'm 35 y old. I can only sleep about 4-5 night every week because my job cheracteristic-shift work. i'm an operator in control center room of cement factory. I always tired, sleeped and nouvous even so stress after of my shift night.So, i realize that how important the enought sleeping can give for myself. now i 'm looking a new job that i can sleep every night . hope can achieve in this year.

Hi nguyentiendat,

It must be a very hard routine! Do you always have the night shift, or switch between day and night shifts? I would definitely find it hard to change my bed time like that. I hope you can find a good job that works well with your daily routine.


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hello Mr Jonathan, I only work two night shift every week, i want to improve my ENGLISH abilityl because nowaday alot of companys require that from their staffs. thanks you very much for convasation.

Submitted by on Fri, 19/05/2023 - 19:21


Sleep is really important as when I had to have 3 or four hours of sleep I felt really I dont have any concentration or focus on my daily life events and I felt reaaly as if my brain is inactive so I always try to have the ideal amount of 8 hours if possible and most of the times ofcourse the minimum of 6 or 7 hour of sleep at night. once watched a medical training program broadcast on TV, and because of the special importance of night sleep and the need to perform the best healing function in different body organs during the night, the doctor advised people who suffer from insomnia to take sleep medicines. With Best Wishes Arezoo

Submitted by gosia_czech on Fri, 19/05/2023 - 08:21


Personally, I try to take care of my sleep in the best way possible, cause I believe in the importance of it. Most of the time I sleep very well and I don't have difficulty waking up in the morning. I would consider myself a morning lark since I am the most productive in the morning. My ideal amount of sleep is a minimum of 8 hours of sleep per night. I always go to bed and wake up at the same time every day (even during weekends) to not disturb my circadian rhythm.

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Submitted by Mohamed AL Shaqri on Fri, 19/05/2023 - 07:31


I usually sleep from 6 to 7:30 on drugs a day. But When I sleep for these hours, I need to take sleep in the afternoon from 1 hour to 30 minutes. And When I sleep 8 hours in the day I feel relaxed that day. Sleeping early at night is important.

I' m agree with you Mohamed. But I can't sleep very well every night. I trait all of the way about sleeping but I don' have succeful. I agree with you in the way sleeping early at night is very importany, and also I have to soft dinner.

That good if you want to sleep early you will be must do an
activity or did sports that time you are feeling tired

Submitted by georgina.sarinana on Fri, 19/05/2023 - 01:19


Hi! to answer the questions. I normally sleep well, there are a couple of days a month that I might sleep restlessly or have insomnia, but normally I sleep soundly. My ideal amount of sleep would be 8 hours, but actually, I am getting used to my working schedule and I need to wake up at 3:15 am to get to the office at 4:45, and my husband normally comes home from his work late, so to be able to see him at least a couple of days in the weekdays, I don't go to sleep as early as I would need to, to get those 8 hours. I am more of a morning person, so it is easier for me to wake up than to stay up at night.

Hi georgina.sarinana,

4:45 is a very early start! Why do you start work so early? It sounds like a very tough schedule for you!


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Submitted by Naveed1717 on Thu, 18/05/2023 - 07:50


well sleep is very important for everyone. usually up to 6 hours I sleep very deep but after that its quite disturbing. in my opinion 8 hours sleep is very ideal for the healthy person. And yes it is easy for me to get up early in the morning if I have a some important work. If there is no such an important work Its a very difficult for me to wakeup.

Submitted by Germbah on Thu, 18/05/2023 - 06:04


Hi to you all! I would say that I do sleep well. I usually sleep for 6 to 7 hours. And for about 4 to 5 hours I'm in such a deep sleep that I don't even hear thunder or the noise the house.
Most people keep telling me that the ideal amount of sleep is 8 hours. For me it varies.
I'm definitely a morning person so getting up in the morning is so easy.

Hi Germbah,

I'm a deep sleeper too. Nothing wakes me up! It's a good thing because I can sleep almost anywhere, even in noisy places.

Do you find that 6 to 7 hours is enough for you?


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Submitted by Rzym76ianka on Wed, 17/05/2023 - 18:44


Do you sleep well?
Sleep ist really important to me. I do sleep well.
I think they say 8 houers is the ideal amount of sleep. I like to read books in bed, so sometimes I sleep for 5 hours.
And must say, in winter it is quite hard to get out of bed, but sommer is OK.

Submitted by sundararajan.k… on Wed, 17/05/2023 - 17:20


Hi I love to sleep each night with lot of joy. But due to nightmares sleep get disturbed every night due to lot thing about life. But need to sleep with peace.

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Submitted by marcelobj on Tue, 16/05/2023 - 23:47


I like to be in bed til late in the morning. The quality of my sleep depends on how my life is going on. If have stressful problems, my sleep is bad, I have nightmares, and I wake up many times during the night. In any situation, I don't take medicines for sleep.

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Submitted by marcelobj on Tue, 16/05/2023 - 21:07


The quality of my sleep depends on what is going on in my life. If I'ts happening stressful problems, my sleep is bad, I have nightmares, I wake up many times. In any situation, I don't take medicines for sleep.

Submitted by Chiarachipi on Tue, 16/05/2023 - 11:29


I love sleeping!
Sleeping is my "anti-stress" is the way I disconect my brain from problems and noise. And I can say that I can do it very well: sometimes I can fall in sleep in two minutes.
What's your ideal amount of sleep? At least 7 hours
Is it easy for you to get up in the morning? Absolutely not! I'm an owl, and I like to do things in the silence of the night

Submitted by souksouka on Mon, 15/05/2023 - 15:34


-Yes always I sleep very well at night, for me it's very important to sleep enough time for start a good day
-I need to sleep 8 or 7 hours per night this is ideal for me
-If I've slept early at night I can get up early without any problem

Hi! Thanks for answering our questions! I'm like you, if I've gone to l sleep early I can get up easily and 7-8 hours' sleep is ideal!

Best wishes,

Jo (LearnEnglish team)

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Submitted by ljustiz on Mon, 15/05/2023 - 13:52


Do you sleep well?
Well my favorite time of the day is to get sleep, I adore to sleep, even part of day in the weekend.
What's your ideal amount of sleep?
I try to sleep every day at least 7 hours. I'd prefer to sleep for eight or nine hours, but sometimes I cannot do that because I get sleep later than I want.
Is it easy for you to get up in the morning?
No, it is not. I always want to be on my bed a bit more time and I can get sleep again if I do not get up soon.

Submitted by Janny TSANG on Mon, 15/05/2023 - 10:22


People usually have their own sleep schedule. For example, if you sleep about four hours a day, you will feel that is enough. Because that's the record in your head. But it's not for everyone else. The reason is habitual. So, how long is right for you? When are you in bed? What time you wake up is up to you. You should make a good mental clock that works for you.

Hi! Thanks for your comment! I agree that different people have different sleep patterns and some people need more sleep than others. I think it can depend a lot on your age too, for example I need a lot less sleep now than when I was a teenager! 

Best wishes,

Jo (LearnEnglish team)