IELTS Speaking Part 1: Topic Sleep

Part 1: Topic Sleep

  1. How much sleep do you need every day?

→ I have to admit that I haven’t been sleeping much recently, just about 5 hours a day. I’m currently working and studying at the same time, so I have to deal with tons of schoolwork as well as the overwhelming workload (1) at my workplace. And, as a result, this does not allow me to have much time to sleep in a day.

  • (1) overwhelming workload
    Overwhelming /ˌəʊ.vəˈwel.mɪŋ/
    Workload /ˈwɜːk.ləʊd/
    Example: There’d be so much work, an overwhelming workload, but we liked it when it was busy.
  1. Do you take naps at noon?

→ Absolutely. I think napping is a great way to recharge my batteries (2) and refresh my mind(3) . For me, taking a nap at noon is like hitting the restart button (4) in my brain.

  • (2) To recharge your batteries (idiom) /ˌriːˈtʃɑːdʒ/ /jɔːr/ / ˈbæt.ər.i/
    Example: She took a trip to the South of France to recharge her batteries.
  • (3) To refresh my mind
    Example: I will take a couple weeks off to refresh my mind and body
  • (4) To hit the restart button:
    Example: Hit the restart button and find your thing that gives you joy every day
  1. Do you like to read before bed?

→ I would say no. I usually feel exhausted (5) at night and working all day leaves me no energy left to read. My nighttime routine includes cleaning myself up, changing into my pajamas and going straight to bed.

  • (5) To be exhausted /ɪɡˈzɔː.stɪd/
    Example: By the time they reached the summit they were exhausted.
  1. How have your sleeping habits changed since you were young?

→ Well, when I was younger, I slept like a log(6) . My parents always had a hard time waking me up. However, due to stress, I suffer from insomnia (7) and can hardly fall asleep at night.

  • (6) To sleep like a log
    Example: I went to bed early and slept like a log.
  • (7) Insomnia /ɪnˈsɒm.ni.ə/
    Example: Holly suffered from insomnia caused by stress at work.
  1. What time do you go to bed?

Actually, it depends. If I have nothing much to do, I’ll hit the sheet at around 10.30 or 11 o’clock to have a beauty sleep. But unfortunately, there are many times I have to burn the midnight oil to finish my work on time, so I tend to go to bed really late, at around 1 or 2 am.

  1. Do you have a nap during the day?

Yes, I do. I always try to take a nap to brace for the tasks in the afternoon. Only 30 minutes for a nap can really recharge my energy. And to be honest, I think everyone should do that; it’s really good for health.

  1. Do you think sleep is important?

Yes, absolutely. Sleep plays an important role in the function of the brain. An adequate sleep helps to improve memory and learning, increase attention and creativity, and aid in making decisions.

  1. Do you like to get up early in the morning?

Yes. Actually, I’m an early bird, you know. I always enjoy the sun pouring through my window and the fresh air. Getting up early to do physical exercises and have a breakfast at home make me feel full of energy.

  1. How to have a good sleep?

I guess people have different ways to get a sound sleep. But if you ask me, I would say firstly, thriller or horror movies need to be avoided. They somehow make you feel nerve-racking instead of relaxed. Also, it is advisable that a good sleep lasts for 7-8 hours so staying up late is not preferable. And lastly, instead snacking or having a big meal before going to bed, a cup of chamomile tea is utterly a better option.

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