In English there are a number of phrasal verbs related to sleeping. Each one carries with it a different shade of meaning. There are phrasal verbs for the morning, the afternoon, and the night. Some are dependent on the verb sleep whereas some are just phrasal verbs related to sleep. It is even possible to sleep on something or sleep something off. What do all these various phrasal verbs mean though? That is not a difficult question; so before you turn in tonight have a look at these select phrases. Hopefully you do not doze off while reading this article.
As already mentioned, you can doze off while reading a text. In fact you can drift off or doze off because they carry the same meaning. If you doze off or drift off, it means that you fall asleep for a short time without any intention. You can doze off during class or while watching TV or with a book in your hand. Usually people drift off on account of a boring lecture or program but you can doze off also if you are just plain tired.
Most tired people though prefer to turn in or go to bed. Go to bed is quite simple and hardly used yet turn in is the phrase of native speakers. As you can see here, turning in means that you are going to sleep. If somebody does not want to turn in at night they tend to stay up. Staying up is being awake later than usual and tends to last late into the night.
Those are just a few examples of sleeping and now it is time to refer to the morning. In the morning people wake up for all reasons. They wake up because their alarm disturbed their sleep or the birds singing or maybe the sun shinning in their room. Waking up is the process of ending your sleep as you lie in bed adjusting to a new day. After waking up most people get up which is the process of leaving your bed. After people get up they go about their day; taking a shower, eating breakfast, waking a friend, breaking the alarm clock, or just sitting there.
If somebody does not want to wake up or get up early then they sleep in. Usually at the weekends people sleep in until their bodies tell them to get up. Basically a person desiring to sleep in turns off all alarm clocks, darkens the windows, and sleeps until the afternoon. Similar to sleeping in but with a negative connotation is over sleeping. To over sleep means that you are not awakened by your alarm clock. People who over sleep, tend to be late for work or miss a meeting or do not have time to eat breakfast.
One reason for over sleeping can be blamed on a heavy sleeper. Heavy sleepers are able to sleep through anything. Hence why they slept through their alarm clock and over slept instead of waking up on time. These heavy sleepers are shocked to hear about the earthquake or storm that they slept through the previous night. To sleep through something means that you were not awakened or disturbed by anything.
Do not confuse over sleep with sleep over. To sleep over, states that you are staying as a guest at somebody’s house. Usually kids sleep over at their friends’ houses when they are younger. Once people get older, they tend not to sleep over as often. Instead they are at home tucking their kids in bed or putting them to bed. When you put a child to bed, you are getting him ready to sleep; putting on pajamas, brushing teeth, and so. To tuck a child in means that he is already in bed and you are putting the sheets on him.
Lastly we can discuss sleeping off and sleeping on. Literally you can take sleeping on to mean that you sleep on a bed. Figuratively, sleeping on something means that you want to think about an important decision and decide it the next day. Sleeping off is the process that can follow if you have stress or a headache from that problem you were sleeping on. Somebody that has a headache can turn in earlier so that they can sleep off the ache. In fact people usually turn in earlier whenever they have any type of illness in order to sleep it off.
Well that is just a few of the phrasal verbs that are related to sleeping. Many more exists and as you learn English, you will come across them. In order to learn these other variants, I recommend you sleep over at a native speaker’s house. Listen to how they talk about turning in, waking up, staying up, and anything else you might hear. Just do not doze off during your English class because you might miss an important topic. Good night readers, it is time for me to tuck in my kids and turn in myself.