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Episode 33 • Sleep

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Have trouble sleeping

Not sleep a wink

Toss and turn

Doze off

Snore

Story

I often have trouble sleeping but last night was even worse than usual. I kept thinking about the conference my boss was sending me to the following day and I didn’t sleep a wink. I was tossing and turning all night but nothing. When I got there, I got a message from my boss saying he couldn’t come and asking me to please take some notes for him. The conference started and… I swear I was trying to pay attention but I was just too tired so I kept dozing off. At one point, I had an idea. I could record the conference on my phone and then listen to it later. I pressed the record button and I finally fell asleep. I woke up two hours later when the conference ended. It was probably all the clapping that woke me up. Anyway, I played the recording to make sure it recorded fine and… check this out. [Snoring]. That’s right! It’s me! You can only hear me snoring the whole time, my boss is going to kill me!

Questions

I wouldn't want to be in the place of this guy.

Have trouble sleeping

'I often have trouble sleeping.'

• If you have trouble sleeping, what parts of sleeping do you normally have problems with? Falling asleep, staying asleep or waking up?

If you have trouble sleeping that means that maybe you cannot fall asleep or you cannot stay asleep, meaning you wake up in the middle of the night a lot.

• Do you have trouble sleeping?

Lately, it's been awful. I, again, I don't know what's happening, but a lot of times, I can't fall asleep right away. I wake up multiple times in the night and then I can never fall back asleep right away. I end up waking up in the morning feeling super, super tired. I hope this changes. I got to think of something.

Not sleep a wink

'I didn’t sleep a wink.'

• If you haven’t slept a wink? Did you sleep?

Well, no, if you haven't slept a wink that means that you haven't slept at all, zero, nada, nothing.

• Can you remember a time when you didn’t sleep a wink? Why?

Yes, the last time I didn't sleep a wink was last year because my boyfriend had come over to my place and the plan for that night was to paint a painting. I'm sure you were thinking of something else there, but no, the plan was to paint a painting. We had to follow the instructions in this video and we just started. I think we started at nine or ten o'clock and then we couldn't stop because we didn't want to finish it on the following day, so we kept painting and painting. I think by the time we finished, it was 5:00 in the morning. It was crazy.

Toss and turn

'I was tossing and turning all night.'

• If you toss and turn in bed, do you move a lot or not?

Yes, the expression tossing and turning is especially used when you're in bed and you're moving a lot. When you change sides, you are on one side, maybe on your phone and then you get tired and you change sides again.

• Why would someone toss and turn in bed?

Usually, you see, I was tossing and turning because you couldn't sleep. You wanted to, but you couldn't. You keep changing positions and hoping that that's going to help you fall asleep.

• Do you often find yourself tossing and turning because you can’t fall asleep?

Yes, I've mentioned it before, but if I do wake up in the middle of the night, I just spent two hours tossing and turning and trying to fall asleep. It's no fun. [chuckles] It really isn't.

Doze off

'I was just too tired so I kept dozing off.'

• If you doze off, do you fall into a deep sleep or a light sleep?

If you're talking about dozing off, you're talking about a light sleep.

• And is dozing off intentional or unintentional?

If you doze off, you don't want to. It just happens because your body makes you do that. Your body makes you fall asleep, but you don't want to.

• Why would you doze off?

Well, maybe something is really boring, like in the story, you're at a conference, you're not very interested and you're tired and your body just shuts down and you doze off. Maybe something is interesting, but you're just really, really tired and you doze off.

• Have you ever dozed off when it wasn’t appropriate?

Pretty much every time I go to the movies, I think. [chuckles] We've talked about this before, about me falling asleep while watching a movie at night at home. Well, the problem is exactly the same when I'm at the movies because again, comfortable, it's all dark around me, and maybe the movie is not super interesting, and I'll doze off. Not really fall asleep, but only for a second when you close your eyes and then you wake up again. That's dozing off.

Snore

'You can only hear me snoring the whole time.'

• When do you snore? Before or while you are asleep?

You snore-- That'd be funny if it was before. No, it's while you are asleep.

• What sound do you make if you snore?

I think there is a lot of different sounds that you can make while snoring. It depends on the person. Everybody's got their own style, but the classic one is the classic [snoring]

• Why do people snore?

I think it's because they have difficulty breathing. Pretty sure. That's why you can buy those little strip that you can put on your nose and they are supposed to help you with your breathing, so you don't snore.

• Do you snore or do you live with someone who snores?

Like I said before, quite a few people have showed me that I talk in my sleep, but nobody so far has told me that I snore. I don't think I do, although that might change in the future because sometimes it's something that you start doing as you get older. I don't live with someone. My boyfriend doesn't really snore except occasionally and very, very briefly. If he does, I'll just push him just a little bit, not too hard, just push him a little bit, make him change position and he will stop.

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