Seven super ‘sleep’ idioms and expressions in English

sleeping_catIt’s been raining all week here in Bali and the rain always makes me feel sleepy. It’s so relaxing hearing the raindrops on the roof above my study. Here are seven super ‘sleep’ idioms and expressions in English to help you relax.

1. to sleep like a log
Meaning: to sleep very deeply without waking up for a long time
Example: I was so tired after running five miles yesterday that I slept like a log.

2. to sleep on it
Meaning: to take a night to make a decision
Example: I’m really not sure whether to buy your car or not. Do you mind if I sleep on it and let you know tomorrow?

3. a sleeping giant
Meaning: something very powerful that is currently inactive
Example: Indonesia has vast natural resources and has often been considered a sleeping giant by experts on South-East Asia.

4. not sleep a wink
Meaning: to not sleep at all
Example: The neighbours had a really loud party last night and I didn’t sleep a wink.

5. to lose sleep over (something)
Meaning: to be worried about something
Example: We need to finish this project by Saturday but try not to lose sleep over it, we have plenty of time to work on it over the next two days.

6. fast / sound asleep
Meaning: to be fully asleep and not easy to wake up
Example: My daughter is fast asleep by 1pm every afternoon.

7. sleep in
Meaning: to stay asleep until later in the day than you normally would
Example: I like to sleep in on Saturdays. I don’t have to go to work so I can sleep in until 9am.

Today’s image is by Naama Y.M.