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Words about sleep

Words and concepts related to sleeping

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Ais forAsleep

You are asleep if you are sleeping. The cat in the picture is asleep.

Ais forAwake

You are awake when you are not asleep. When you are awake, usually your eyes are open and you can move around.
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Dis forDoze

You are dozing if you are sleeping lightly, and can be easily woken up.

Dis forDream

When you are asleep, sometimes you dream. Dreams are a little like a movie that plays in your head while you sleep. Sometimes dreams are very ordinary, sometimes they are exciting, and sometimes they are scary. Scary dreams are called nightmares. Often things happen in dreams that aren't possible in real life.
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Kis forKip

A kip is another word for a nap.
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Nis forNap

A nap, sometimes called a kip, snooze or siesta, is a short sleep, usually in the middle of the day after lunch.
A nightmare is a bad dream. Nightmares can be extremely frightening, and make you wake up scared. You might also use nightmare to describe a particularly bad event, for example "we had a nightmare vacation".

Ris forRest

You take a rest when you stop working and be still for a time. Once you have had a good rest, such as the morning after a good sleep, you are well rested.

Sis forSiesta

A siesta is a short sleep taken in the middle of the day, particularly by people in Spain or Latin America. A similar word to siesta is nap or snooze.
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Sis forSleep

Sleep is a time of rest, usually for about eight hours at night time. People usually sleep in beds. When you are asleep, you usually have dreams, but not everyone can remember their dreams the next morning.