10 Slang Expressions Meaning Sleep

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He's catching some Z's

He’s catching some Z’s

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Yesterday, we looked at 10 English slang words that mean tired. I thought that it would be a good idea to follow that up with slang expressions in English meaning sleep. I’m sure you know go to bed and go to sleep, right? Which reminds me! Technically, go to sleep means enter the bed and go to sleep means fall asleep. However, in everyday English conversation, those phrases generally have the same meaning. Now that that’s out of the way, here are ten different ways to say sleep!

  • I’m going to catch some z’s ← “z” is the sound we use to represent sleeping (often “Zzz”) and of you catch some of those “Z’s,” then you are going to sleep!
  • I’m going to crash ← When two objects hit each other (like two cars) we say they crashed. When you are really tired, your body will crash into the bed!
  • I’m going to get some shut-eye ← When you shut your eyes, you can sleep! Note that this slang mentions the singular eye (shut-eye) and not the plural (shut-eyes.)
  • I’m going to hit the hay ← Hay is the kind of fry grass that they put down for some farm animals to sleep on. Perhaps a long time ago, beds were filled with hay.
  • I’m going to hit the sack ← A sack is a big bag, like the bag that rice comes in. In the old days, they would fill up the empty rice sack with something soft (like duck feathers) and make it a pillow.
  • I nodded off ← When you move your head up and down (the “yes” gesture) we call that action a “nod.” Sometimes if you fall asleep on a bus or a train, your head “nods” to the “off” position!
  • I’m going to snooze ← I think the sound of the word snooze is like the sound a person who is snoring makes.
  • I’m need to get forty winks ← A wink is when you quickly close and then open one eye. If you do that 40 times, you may start to feel sleepy. Try it!
  • I’m going to turn in ← When you fold down the blankets to get into bed, that action is called “turn down the bed,” so I think this phrase comes from there. You turn down the bed and then turn in (into the bed)
  • I’m going to take a nap ← A nap is a short sleep in the daytime. We also say, take a cat nap and take a power nap.

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