Sleep is vital. We know that our brains remain highly active when we sleep. Lack of sleep have many negative effects, both on our health and mental functions. Sleep is necessary for having a fully functioning brain when we are awake; perhaps because sleep helps to restore the energy consumed by the body and brain throughout the day. Sleep may also enable removal of harmful material that accumulate in the brain when we are awake. Sleep seems to play a crucial role in learning and memory, especially by aiding long-term storage of memories. (https://www.lifebrain.uio.no/publications/e-newsletters/sleephedda.html)
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So… sleep more! Your brain needs it!
After introducing this week’s topic, now let’s work on it!
First, we will focus on idioms and fixed phrases connected with sleep, for example sleep like a log, a light sleeper or a short nap.
Next, you will learn grammar structures of
used to, be used to and get used. Have a look at this video to understand the difference:
You can also go to your Student’s Book page 143, Grammar Bank 6B
'used to, be used to and get used to' for some grammar reference or check the grammar explanation and try the exercises online from https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/grammar/intermediate-to-upper-intermediate/used-to-infinitive-and-be-or-get-used-to-ing.
Finally, you will watch a video of a short talk about brain maintenance by Arianna Huffington where she discusses the importance of a well-rested mind and body and answer the comprehension questions on the speech and speaker’s ideas.
Click here to dowload the worksheet:
THE KEYS WILL BE UPLOADED ON THE BLOG FOR YOU TO CHECK YOUR ANSWERS.
Once you have done all your work, let’s move to a short discussion point and ‘talk’ about some issues connected with sleep. Then, WRITE A COMMENT ON THE BLOG answering one of the following questions: (Please, when you write it, copy the question first and then answer the question)
- When you were a child, did you use to… share a room with a brother or sister / have nightmares / wake up very early in the morning?
- Do you have problems if you have to sleep in a bed that you aren’t used to sleeping in (e.g. in a hotel)?
- Do you think you would find it difficult to get used to… getting up at 5.30 a.m. every day / only being able to sleep for six hours a night / not having breakfast in the morning?
- How many hours are you used to sleeping? Would you like to sleep more?
- Could you get used to leaving electronic devices like your mobile phone outside the bedroom?
- Have you ever tried meditation? Do you think it can make you feel better?
- Why nowadays do so many people brag about how little sleep they get?
- Are there more and more people who suffer from insomnia because of stress at work?