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Episode 31 • Sleep

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Sleepover

Hit the hay

Talk in your sleep

Be sound asleep

Fall asleep

Story

My friend Sarah and I had a sleepover last night. It was so much fun! We talked for hours, watched YouTube together, painted our nails, you know? The classic stuff you do at sleepovers. Well, at around 1am we decided to hit the hay because we were both pretty tired. I should probably mention we were sleeping in the same bed because at 2 something woke me up. I wasn’t sure what it was but then I heard it again [Mumbling] It was coming from Sarah. She was talking in her sleep! I tried to wake her up but she was sound asleep so I simply pushed her, maybe a bit too hard, because she fell on the floor. She woke up confused and came back to bed while I pretended to sleep. I didn’t fall asleep right away because I felt a bit guilty, eh eh, but hey at least she stopped talking, right?

Questions

That was mean. Not exactly a great friend. Let's listen to today's expressions.

Sleepover

'My friend Sarah and I had a sleepover.'

• If you have a sleepover, do you sleep alone or with friends?

If you have a sleepover, you're sleeping with a friend or more than one friend.

• Where do you sleep when having a sleepover and what do you do?

When having to sleep over you sleep at a friend's house. If you're the one hosting the sleepover, obviously, you sleep at your own place in your house, in your bedroom, but your friends come from their houses to sleep at your place. What do you do? It depends. Sleepovers are very popular among girls especially. Some of the classic things that you do at sleepovers is gossiping, and chatting, and talking about boys, painting your nails, and girly stuff like that. Boys can have sleepovers too. I'm not really sure what they do, whether they talk about trucks and stuff. I'm not entirely sure honestly.

• Who usually has sleepovers? Young people or adults?

Young people or adults? It's usually young people. We're talking maybe like, 8, 9, 10 years old, up until like high school. If you're an adult, you wouldn't call it a sleepover. It'd be weird.

• Did you have sleepovers when you were younger? What did you do?

Not as a child. I didn't have a lot of sleepovers as a child. When I was living in Chicago, I did have a few sleepovers with my friend Laura, where I went to her house maybe a few nights. It was a lot of fun. We would just talk, and talk, and talk. I love my friend Laura. Mostly talking about boys, talking about life. Watching a movie was also a thing, and maybe eating snacks and stuff.

Hit the hay

'We decided to hit the hay.'

• If you say you hit the hay, does it mean you wake up or you go to bed?

Hitting the hay means going to bed. Now, be careful.

• Can it replace the expression ‘go to bed’?

Yes. Last night I hit the hay at- Or every night I hit the hay. Well, yes and no. I mean, normally, it's used to say you're going to go to bed right away. Imagine you're tired, and you say, "Oh, I'm tired. I'm just going to go hit the hay." That is the most frequent way to use it.

• Are you going to hit the hay after listening to this episode?

I hope not. Actually, I'm already in bed. Fun fact, I do record in bed because it's more comfortable. I'm not going to go to bed, meaning I'm not going to go to sleep. I'm not going to go hit the hay after this episode, because here in Kuala Lumpur, it's 9:30 in the morning. Just woken up. No, not going to hit the hay after this episode. Maybe some of you are. Maybe you're listening to this at night and right after this episode finishes, you're going to hit the hay.

Talk in your sleep

'She was talking in her sleep!'

• Is talking in your sleep something you do consciously or unconsciously?

When you talk in your sleep, you don't know you're talking in your sleep, so you're doing it unconsciously.

• Do you always clearly understand when someone talks in their sleep?

No. A lot of times it's a lot of mumbling. Like [mumbles] and you can't really make out, you can't really understand what the person is saying.

• Do you sometimes talk in your sleep?

Maybe you don't know, because obviously, you don't know if you talk in your sleep unless somebody's told you. Quite a few people have told me that I do talk in my sleep, but most people cannot understand what I say. Thankfully, maybe. I don't know maybe be I should happy about that. This one time was really embarrassing. I woke up in the morning and my sister was like, "Lara, What are you dreaming about last night?" I was like, "Why?" She said, "Well, you were talking in your sleep and you kept saying all these bad words." It was so embarrassing because I never swear in front of my sister. I don't know. I just felt so embarrassed for what she had seen. I still don't know what I was dreaming about, but I do talk in my sleep.

Be sound asleep

'I tried to wake her up but she was sound asleep.'

• If you are sound asleep are you sleeping deeply or not?

To be sound asleep means to be sleeping very, very deeply.

• If you’re sound asleep can you be easily woken up?

No. It's not a light sleep where any noise can wake you up. No. You are in deep sleep, so maybe even if they shake you, or if they call your name, maybe it's going to take you a little bit of time to wake up because you're sound asleep.

Fall asleep

'I didn’t fall asleep right away.'

• Does falling asleep happen before sleeping or after?

It happens before sleeping. It's a moment when you feel like you're getting really tired. You start to close your eyes. That's when you're falling asleep, right before actually sleeping.

• How long does it take you to fall asleep?

Lately, forever. Unless I'm super, super tired, it takes me probably 20 to 30 minutes to fall asleep. It's crazy. I just can't.

• Do you ever fall asleep while watching TV?

You know that feeling when you're super cozy on the couch, you're watching a movie and maybe you like it, but it's so comfortable and you just want to close your eyes and go to bed and sleep, and so you do fall asleep eventually. I do that a lot, unfortunately. Pretty much any time I watch a movie at night, I end up falling asleep, and my boyfriend hates me for that. It's so nice to fall asleep on the couch, isn't it? Waking up and going to bed after, not so much. But falling asleep on the couch--pretty sweet.

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