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Sleeping Patterns

Sarah and Todd share how much sleep they often get and what they use to wake up in the morning.

Todd: So Sarah, let's talk about sleep. How many hours of sleep do you usually get every night?

Sarah: Usually, at least eight. It depends on how late I stay up but usually about eight hours, I try to get every night.

Todd: And you are pretty consistent, like even on the weekends, you get eight hours.

Sarah: Yes. Even on the weekends. Sleep is very important for me to feel normal and energetic.

Todd: Now, do you need an alarm clock to wake you up or you just wake up naturally everyday?

Sarah: I definitely have to have an alarm clock. Even though I wake up very easily, I don't wake up at a routine time easily. So I usually set two alarms and that will usually get me up.

Todd: Oh wow. I actually have this kind of weird mental ability. I thought that everybody can do this but I found out it's not the case, but I can wake up exactly at the minute I want, any time. So like, if I have to get up at 5:43, before I go to bed, I can say, "Okay. Get up at 5:43." And I'll wake up at 5:43, exactly.

Sarah: That's amazing.

Todd: Yeah. I don't know how – I guess your brain just can keep time. When I tell people this, sometimes they think, "Oh come on, that's not true." But really, ever since I was a kid I could just tell myself what time I want to wake up and I'll wake up exactly at that time.

Sarah: That's really quite amazing. I wish it was that way for me, but it's not.

Todd: Yeah. You know what's weird – because I don't use alarm clocks. And I can't – like an alarm clock – the idea actually, I can't have a deep sleep if I know that it's going to ring and wake up, like it's going to jolt. To me an alarm clock is like somebody throwing cold water on you, you know. So yeah, I don't use alarm clocks at all.

Sarah: Yeah. I'm always paranoid about being late so that's why I set two just in case like one doesn't go off. But I can sleep anytime of the day. Like it really doesn't matter what type of day, it's very easy for me to fall asleep for as long as whenever. So that's why I have to have an alarm clock because I could sleep 12 or 14 hours and not wake up.

Todd: Wow. That's like you do like sleep.

Sarah: Yeah.

Todd: So do you take naps?

Sarah: No, because then I feel really like groggy and really like irritable if I take naps because I just want to sleep longer than that amount of time. So I don't take naps.

Todd: Like can you sleep with the light on?

Sarah: Yes.

Todd: Yeah, I can't. Actually, that's why I always wake up so early. As soon the light comes through the window, I wake up. I can't sleep if it's not dark.

Sarah: I can sleep in any situation; light, noise, sitting up. It doesn't matter. I can sleep.

Todd: Oh wow. So you're a deep sleeper. I'm so jealous. Like just a little bit of noise or a little bit of light and I can't sleep. And actually, I probably only get an average six hours a night. But I do sometimes take naps.

Sarah: Oh OK. How long do you usually nap for?

Todd: Usually an hour. I found out if I go over an hour then that's the danger zone because then if you sleep like two or three hours, then you wake up and you're just groggy for the whole day. Like you can't – it's like you've been drugged, you know. So yeah. Forty-five minute nap is about it.

Sarah: Yeah. When you were a child, did your parents make you take naps?

Todd: They did. And oddly enough, when I was a kid though, I couldn't sleep, like, you would cry, "I don't want to take a nap" you know. And you'd be like you conk out. But yeah, I do remember.

Do you remember having to take naps in school?

Sarah: I didn't go to school actually. I was home schooled.

Todd: Oh really.

Sarah: I remember taking naps when I was really little but beyond that and like school-age, I never had to.

Todd: Oh wow. Anyway, all these talks are making me tired. I think I'm ready for a nap.

Sarah: Sounds good.

Answer these questions about the interview.
Audio Lessons about Phrases and Vocabulary

not the case


That is not the case.

When something is 'not the case' then it is not the expected situation. Notice the following:

  1. I thought he would be nice, but that was not the case.
  2. I heard the city is cheap, but it is not the case.



I am alway paranoid about being late.

A person who is paranoid is extremely worried about something. Notice the following:

  1. The farmers are paranoid about the weather.
  2. She is paranoid about ghosts.

deep sleeper


You are a deep sleeper.

A person who is a deep sleeper has deep sleeps, meaning they do not wake easily. Notice the following:

  1. My sister is a deep sleeper.
  2. I wish I was a deep sleeper, but I wake up often during the night.


danger zone


That is the danger zone.

The danger zone refers to a time or place where there could be problems. Notice the following:

  1. I have missed many classes so I am in the danger zone with my teacher.
  2. When you have no savings you are in the danger zone.



You are groggy for the whole day.

When you are groggy, you are just waking up and not fully awake. Notice the following:

  1. I am groggy until I get my coffee in the morning.
  2. The cold medicine made him very groggy.

conk out


You would conk out.

Here, to conk out means to fall asleep quickly like you were hit on the head. I Notice the following:

  1. I always conk out when I fly on a plane.
  2. Young children conk out easily when they're tired.

Vocabulary Quiz

paranoid • deep sleeper • not the case
danger zone • groggy • conk out
  1. He is about failing his class.
  2. I'm a so don't worry about waking me.
  3. I thought she'd be mad but that was .
  4. When I get home I am so tired I just .
  5. Most poor cities become a at night.
  6. If I take a nap, I feel after I wake up.

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