Mixer #12 | Low-Intermediate 4

Sleep Routine

The topic is getting up and going to bed. Hear six different responses.

Marion, Ireland
speakerWell, usually on a work day, I get up at half past six in the morning because I start work at eight o'clock. On the weekends I usually have a lie in so I wake up at about 9 or 10, sometimes 11, depending on how tired I am. Usually I go to be quite late, which isn't very good but maybe about midnight, sometimes later. It depends. I find it difficult to go to sleep early.

Naomi, Australia
speakerWell, I'm a night owl so I usually don't go to bed until about 3 a.m. in the morning and these days I have class from first period every day so I have to get up by about 7:30 or 8 a.m.

Jeff, Canada
speakerWhat time do I get up and what time do I go to bed? I go to bed late and I try to get up early. I like to get up early but getting up is a difficult thing to do, so I try to go the bed early. I try to go to bed early, 11 o'clock, 11:30, before midnight, and I try to get up early, 6:30, 7, before 7:30, but it doesn't always work.

Barbara, Australia
speakerSo, what time do I usually get up? Well, I usually wake up, maybe 5 or 6 in the morning, but I don't get up straight away. I stay in bed for awhile and get used to the idea that the day is starting, maybe read a book or something, check my phone messages, and I get up at maybe 7:30, 8. If it's a day off, I get up at nine or ten, and in the evening I usually go to bed around 10, 11, sometimes 12.

Al, England
speakerI get up when I want, usually in case I am working, unless I'm working. If I'm working I get up about 9, and I go to bed when feel tired, so that's usually about 1 or 2 or 3 a.m.

Akane, Canada
speakerWhat time do you usually get up and what time do you usually go to bed? I usually get up in the morning about 6:30, but that's only because I have to go to work. If I had a choice I would sleep in because I really hate mornings. I try to go to bed at around 10 p.m. so that I can get enough rest that I can get up in the morning for work, but I'd really rather stay up late, because I'm night person.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!

have a lie in


On the weekends, I usually have a lie in.

To 'have a lie' in is to sleep later than you usually do. If you don’t have work or school tomorrow, and you decide to sleep until 10am, you have just had a lie in.  Notice the following:

  1. I always have a lie in on Sundays.
  2. He works too hard to enjoy a lie in.

a night owl


I am a night owl.

A 'night owl' is a person who feels the most awake at night. A night owl stays up late at night, and has a hard time waking up in the morning. The opposite of a night owl is an early bird.  Notice the following:

  1. I was a real night owl in college.
  2. My dad wakes up at 4:00am every morning. He's an early bird.

straight away


I don’t get up straight away.

'Straight away' here means the same thing as immediately. If you wake up, and get out of bed immediately, than you are getting up straight away.  Notice the following:

  1. As a kid, I could never get up straight away.
  2. Let's not go home straight away.  How about stopping for some coffee?

get used to the idea


I stay in bed and get used to the idea.

'Getting used to the idea' of something is the same thing as accepting it. If you have to wake up early, and you hate waking up early, you might complain a lot.  Over time, though, it will probably become normal for you.  Notice the following:

  1. In Spain, I never got used to the idea of having dinner so late.
  2. It took them both a while to get used to the idea of being married.

sleep in


If I had a choice I would sleep in.

To 'sleep in' is the same thing as have a lie in.  Notice the following:

  1. I always have a lie in on Sundays.
  2. I always sleep in on Sundays.
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
lie in • night owl • straight away
get used to • sleep in
  1. Are you coming over or do you have to stop somewhere on the way?
  2. It makes him very happy to have a and a lazy morning.
  3. Can we meet a little later tomorrow because I want to ?
  4. I'm not a or an early bird. I just like sleep.
  5. It takes a while to living in a hot climate.