87 Sleep


We ask people how much sleep they get every night.

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Matthew / Canada
speakerProbably somewhere between six and seven hours a night. It depends what I'm doing in the evening, or what I have to do in the morning, but I usually go to bed not too late, but I usually have to get up pretty early so, usually around six or seven hours a night.

Lindsay / United States
speakerI try to get eight hours of sleep but usually I only get six hours of sleep because I wake up probably every two or three hours because I grind my teeth and it wakes me up.

Eoin / England
speakerI think probably I get about six or seven hours of sleep a night on average. Yeah, when I'm busy with stuff outside of work, like organizing concerts or just other stuff, I probably get less, maybe like four or five.

Lori / Canada
speakerThat depends on certain factors, but I'd say usually I get about seven hours of sleep, but I'm a pretty light sleeper, so if my neighbors are being noisy or having a party I usually don't get much sleep at all.

Amir / Iran
speakerI sleep eight hours a night and I think that's exactly the time that I can wake up at the morning and feel good about myself, not feeling sleepy, and I can work very efficiently the rest of my day.

Aki / Japan
speakerI try to get eight. Weekdays, maybe around seven, weekends, maybe about ten hours. I love sleeping. I love sleeping in. I love like watching TV in bed.

 

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pretty

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I usually go to bed not too late, but I usually have to get up pretty early.

'Pretty' is very commonly used to mean 'sort of' or 'kind of' or 'a little bit.' Here are two more examples:

  1. I’ve been studying English for many years but it’s still pretty bad.
  2. I thought the food was going to be terrible but it was actually pretty good.

grind

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I wake up probably every two or three hours because I grind my teeth and it wakes me up.

'Grinding' means crushing or rubbing two hard surfaces together. See the examples below:

  1. My coffee maker has a built-in grinder. I just put in the whole beans and it grinds them for me.
  2. Most black pepper is already ground up when you buy it.

on average

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I think probably I get about six or seven hours of sleep a night on average.

'On average' just means 'about' or 'approximately' when talking about numbers. A real average is a mathematical term that refers to a combination of numbers added together and then divided the number of numbers that were added together. Notice the following examples:

  1. On average, I drink about 3 cups of coffee everyday.
  2. I would say that on average I only drive 40 to 50 miles a week.

being noisy

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If my neighbors are being noisy or having a party I usually don't get much sleep at all.

'Being noisy' means being loud. See additional examples below:

  1. I can’t stand being around kids, they are always so noisy.
  2. Please stop being so noisy! You are driving me crazy!

exactly

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I sleep exactly eight hours a night.

'Exactly' means that the number you gave is not more or less than that number. See additional examples below:

  1. When you take the bus, you need to bring 75 cents exactly because they don’t make change for a dollar.
  2. This sauce is vegetarian but it tastes exactly like meat sauce.
     
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
pretty • grind • on average
being noisy• exactly
  1. You need to the cinnamon before you put it in the cookie dough.
  2. , he works 10 hours a day.
  3. That song is 4 minutes long.
  4. Be careful, that plate is hot.
  5. I couldn't sleep last night because the neighbors were .