1 condition of rest

I'm off to bed for some much-needed sleep.

drift into, drift off to, drop off to, fall back to (AmE), get to, go to

She turned over and went back to sleep.

cry yourself to

There are nights when I cry myself to sleep.

catch, get, snatch

Close your eyes and get some sleep now.

I snatched a few hours' sleep in the afternoon.

survive on

They seem to survive on only a few hours' sleep a night.

induce, promote

the use of drugs to induce sleep

lull sb to, send sb to

The quiet music soon sent her to sleep.

drift in and out of

He drifted in and out of sleep all night.

lose (often figurative)

Don't lose sleep over it—we'll sort everything out in the morning.

disrupt, disturb, interrupt
catch up on

I used Saturday to catch up on my sleep.


I feigned sleep when the nurse came around.


Sleep came to her in snatches.

overcome sb, overtake sb

Sleep finally overtook me.

cycle, pattern, schedule (esp. AmE)
deprivation, loss
aid (esp. AmE)

the nation's most commonly prescribed sleep aid

during sleep

a decreased heart rate during sleep

in your sleep

He often walks and talks in his sleep.

a lack of sleep

I was suffering from a lack of sleep.

a wink of sleep

I won't get a wink of sleep with that noise downstairs.

2 period of sleep
little, short
dead, deep, heavy, sound
good, restful
disturbed, exhausted, fitful, restless, troubled, uneasy

I woke up early after a disturbed sleep.

dreamless, peaceful

Sorry, but I need my beauty sleep.


Did you have a good sleep?

be in

I was in a deep sleep when the phone rang.

drift into, fall into, sink into

I immediately fell into a dead sleep.

awake (sb) from, awaken (sb) from, wake (sb) from

He woke from a fitful sleep with a headache.

a good, poor, etc. night's sleep

You'll feel better after a good night's sleep.

properly (esp. BrE), soundly, well

The children were all sleeping soundly.

Did you sleep well last night?

You'll sleep better if you start to relax physically.

comfortably, peacefully, quietly, safely
easily, quiet

We can at least sleep easy at night, knowing that we are safe.

When the murderer is caught we can all sleep easier in our beds at night.

late, long

Let them sleep late on Saturday morning if they want to.

She scolded him for sleeping so long.

badly, fitfully, poorly, uneasily
deeply, heavily

He was exhausted and slept deeply.


She always slept very lightly so I had to be careful not to wake her.

barely, hardly

She felt as if she had hardly slept.

a little
be unable to, cannot

I couldn't sleep so I got up and went downstairs.

try to

You must be very tired. Try to sleep a little.

let sb
put sb/sth to

You should always put babies to sleep on their backs.

We had to have our dog put to sleep (= humanely killed).


I only slept for four hours that night.


She slept right through the storm.

Very few babies sleep through the night (= without waking up).


Everyone knows she sleeps with the boss.

have trouble sleeping

I've been having trouble sleeping lately.

not sleep a wink (= not sleep at all)

I didn't sleep a wink last night.

sleep like a baby, sleep like a log (= sleep very well)
sleep on your back, sleep on your front, sleep on your side, sleep on your stomach

I had to sleep on my back for the first few days after the accident.

sleep overnight

We slept overnight at the beach.

sleep outside, sleep rough (BrE)

the problem of young people who sleep rough in the streets

Sleep is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑baby

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