112 – Sleep

This English learning podcast is about Insomnia and sleeping problems. Have a listen to this podcast and English lesson.

ESL Conversation

A:  I haven’t been sleeping well lately.  I’m tired all day but I can’t seem to fall asleep at night.

B:  Have you had problems with insomnia before?

A:  I’ve always been a light sleeper but I’ve never experienced anything like this.  It’s been like this for over 2 months now.  It started after I got my new job. 

B:  Is the job causing you much stress?  Worrying or thinking too much can negatively affect people’s sleep.

A:  I don’t think so.  It’s a really relaxing job and I don’t think about it too much when I’m home.  The only thing I can think of is that I drink more coffee now than I used to.  I didn’t think that would be much of a problem since I don’t drink any after I get home. 

B:  Caffeine stays in the system for a long time.  Try not drinking any coffee past noon.  You might also want to do some yoga or other relaxation techniques before bed.  You want to be in a relaxed state well before you get into bed.  It will make falling asleep much easier. 

A:  What about drinking alcohol before bed.  I find it helps me sleep.

B:  You can if you want, but don’t have too much.  Too much alcohol will decrease the quality of REM sleep.  


Insomnia:  A person with insomnia has a very difficult time sleeping or getting enough sleep.  They often lie awake in bed, wishing they could fall asleep.  A person with insomnia is called an insomniac.

Many people have insomnia
My brother is an insomniac

Light sleeper:  A light sleeper is a person who is very easy to wake up.  A light sleeper will wake up quickly after hearing even a little bit of noise.

Negatively affect:  If something "negatively affects" something else it means it has a negative influence on it.  Smoking cigarettes negatively affect a person’s health.

System:  In medicine, we often refer to the body as a "system". 

Too much alcohol isn’t good for the system. 

Relaxation techniques:  Relaxation tecniques are things you can do to relax.  Yoga, listening to soft music, and slow deep breathing are all examples of relaxation techniques.

REM sleep:  REM sleep stands for Rapid Eye Movement.  It is a phase of sleep where a person moves their eyes really quickly.  It is not very well understood, but most experts believe it is a very important phase of sleep. 


37 Responses to “112 – Sleep”

  1. manuel Says:

    hi guys in new here and now im going to write for first time here
    i sleep very very nice after dont drink any coffe,before that i could not sleep and also take a nap because the caffeine is so bad for my system.
    when i was in scotlald i discovered the tea,before it i´ve not never try that and i think that tea is better for my systen and now i can sleep so good
    if someone have a problem with the coffe,try wiht tea and so there are a lot of flavors of tea
    i sorry for my english is so bad but im here to enjoy it
    see you
    congratulation for the web

  2. Sally Says:

    Great as usual .

  3. suresh Says:

    excellent job as usual.

  4. mahtab Says:

    Hi guys,
    It\’s another great lesson as usual.
    I have already had this problem . I was all the day tired , but couldn\’t sleep good at night . But these days I go to the gym and it helps me to sleep very well.
    I suggest all to try it.

    Good luck,
    Warmest wishes,

  5. maxim Says:

    Hello guys! Great lesson again! 10 sweet minutes of the fun english! Love the show! And I have the idea about a new lesson topic! Could you tell us about the history of development of \"china232\" please! Why did you guys decide to start this project, what the main obstacles did you face to when you got started and so on. I\’m sure you could use some great vocab within this topic! Maybe you could give us some statistics about growth of the listener’s audience… (btw, If my memory serves me correctly you guys promised to tell us about some statistics during one of the past lessons, so? :o ) as you said before, less talk, more action)

    Sorry guys if I’ve hurt your feelings:) I don\’t really want to assault you. It\’s just an idea, just a suggestion. I understand that my idea is out of the typical format of a lesson. But I\’m really interesting in the china232 project story. The project is a great instrument to improving english day by day.

    And also as you can see I\’m trying to practice my english using the great vocabulary you\’ve gave us before! Thanks a lot! Great job!


  6. Tarek mamdouh Says:

    hi guys
    it is absolutly nice
    please do us a favour and record so many lessons and
    and close the distance between lesson and other ,, i wanna listen to u
    every four days with a new lesson .
    plz make a new lessn every 4 dayz
    and Have a nice time
    good peace

  7. Jack Says:

    I open my wallet, find no money;
    I open my pocket, find no coin;
    I open my browser, find you, then I know how rich I am!
    Great job! Thanks a lot!


  8. rahmat Says:

    hi guys.. another greate topics, thanks

    could you discuss about Plurk?

  9. Lisa Says:

    It’s the greatest website for learning English that I have ever seen
    Thanks a lot

  10. Bhaskar Says:

    thanks guys…..
    short ,sweet, straightforward and a very good one………

    i find sleep very hard to come by and find it difficult to wake up early…
    i take in no caffeine nor alcohol….besides surfing net, one of the things i most commonly do is listen to podcasts like china232 and others during nights….

    and i liked that idea of maxim, we are eager to know about you guys and your projects..


  11. asalamir Says:

    I do like your accent very much, I mean both of you guys.
    Please keep going as your work is very helpful to those who wana speak English natively.

  12. Eugene Says:

    > please do us a favour and record so many lessons and
    > and close the distance between lesson and other ,, i wanna listen to u
    > every four days with a new lesson .
    > plz make a new lessn every 4 dayz

    Absolutely agree.
    Great stuff, I want to say.
    You make me smiling all the time I listen to the podcast.
    The only thing that dissapoints me is 100 lessons against 1000 at Jeff McQuillan’s (in the same period of time I think).
    Guys, I hope you’ll work harder : ) When you do, we’d be number one eslpod !

    Eugene, Moscow, Russia.

  13. Siegfried Says:

    Excellent lesson (I am trying to learn Spanish, so I know what a good lesson could look like) but it is a bit ‘light’ on content. Insomnia is a serious affliction if it turns chronic – which it often does. The anticipatory anxiety alone of having yet another one of those nights from hell, can keep people from avoiding going to bed. There are many folk-type remedies to combat insomnia before the big guns of sleep-medication come into play. Unfortunately they share a common liability: Insomnia is oftentimes not a disease in itself. Rather it is a symptom, a messenger of something else being out of balance. Fighting insomnia without knowing the causes behind it is like shooting the messenger. Not a good idea. Unfortunately (western) health care providing systems cannot be trusted. For them insomnia is rapidly evolving into a multi billion market that they ‘harvest’ without concern for the welfare of their patients. That goes as far as passive suppression of recent scientific findings. ( Canadians isolated eye cells that are blue sensitive; blue light signals to the brain’s circadian clock that it is midday – melatonin output is inhibited, and sleep endangered. Another study links artificial sweeteners to reduced melatonin – our bodies’ sleep hormone.) Especially young people spend unprecedented amounts of time staring into screens with high blue content. This is why insomniacs tend to get younger and younger. Enough lecturing. Should you have serious concerns about your sleeping, please consider reading: I Want to sleep – Unlearning Insomnia.
    Best of luck with your language skills.
    Dr. Siegfried Haug, Massachusetts, USA

  14. maxim Says:

    Good post, Siegfried! Very professional language! And nice book promotion! I wonder whether you are native speaker or not.

  15. Abbas Says:

    great work…..

  16. Sarah Says:

    I just stumbled into ur bomb site,which blew my mind.I am a language teacher living in Shanghai too. Having taught English to Chinese for 1 year or so,I’ve finally realised how crucial it is for students to know and get familiar with idioms and slang terms,which play a huge role in everyday conversation.It’d be great if I can meet you guys.
    Good day

  17. Angie Says:

    Yeah!! Finally

    I found out your Podcast from iTune in November and I had a short term goal to listen all of your lesson. (I did it before my birthday yeah!!)

    By the way, My name is Angie. I\’m originally from Thailand but Now I live in Rhode Island, USA. I have my own improvement schedule which it\’s including your Podcast. I will go to take test for get ready for my Master degree next year.

    Thank you for wonderful job helping a lot of people about interesting fun lesson. It was incredible and awesome job from both of you.

    I have so much fun to learn(in the same time) from your website.

  18. Marc Says:

    Hey Andrew and Addison,

    thank you for all your podcast. I love them and they really help me improving my english. I found your Podcast on iTune in November. It is such a nice way to learn english. I get a lot of new vocab from everyday life conversation and the speech is cool and fun. That’s perfect !!

    I am french and I live in Denmark. I listen to your podcast on my way to work. I bike for 1 hour everyday with your voices in my ears.
    You know the winter is cold here but you guys bring the good mood and make me smile all along the way. Trully thank you.

    I admire your positive attitude and your enthusiasm. You are the kind of person I would like to meet in reality.

    You are doing a brillant job, keep up the good work !!

  19. Bhaskar Says:

    Hi Add and Andy,

    So nice to read the wonderful praises from people in almost all parts of globe to you guys….you guys deserve it after all the hard work you put into your works………But you know what? it makes your work more difficult because now you have to deal with the expectations of so many listeners worldwide…….

    Hope that brings the best out of you guys ……….
    Keep up the great job….


  20. Carsten Says:

    Just wanted to pop in to let you know that I like the new design of and I’m agog what you are planning for 2009.

    Happy Holidays!

  21. lixiaowen Says:

    i want to learn English .but l don’t know how to study.

  22. Bhaskar Says:

    just wanted to wish you guys and everyone a merry christmas………

  23. maxim Says:

    Merry belated Christmas! And if I don’t see you before have a Happy New Year!

  24. jack iskandar Says:

    I love it a lot. It’s such a great help for juniors who want to study English. This website is a rich source for learners.

  25. Patricia Says:

    I found this site today and I would say that I am loving it. Great job! You really can improve your listening comprehension by listen podcast. I will recomend this site for my friends. Congratulations!

    Paty – From Brazil

  26. Daniel Says:

    Hi there. Thank you so much for another helpful lesson and great sense of humor that you have. Hope you always be great.

  27. jeonghee Says:

    this is my first time do reply to the lesson.
    ive always thanked to ur lesson, its really helping me,
    keep it up for learner like me…

  28. sultan Says:

    this is my first time to reply to the;s really fantastic job. i’ve enjoyed it very much. keep working.
    thank you.

  29. Alaa Says:

    Hi everyone , actually i dont know how to thanks u all guys .. its really amazing
    way to teach us this important language … i work outside my city its arround 2 hours going and 2 hours back so during all the way i am listening to all your conversations and enjoying it very much … its rally more than great job brothers … ( sorry am out of the topic ) but its my first time writing here and i wanted to thanks u guys FIRST …

    best wishes
    take care

  30. Ibrahim Kamel Says:

    I hate insomnia as it deprives me from dreaming. I love to dream. Sometimes when I am really happy I see my dreams in color. I am trying ” lucid dreaming ” I believe I am going to be a creative dream director.. Sweet dreams. Egyptophile the romantic barbarian.

  31. Khalifa Says:

    Thank you for your efforts,and i’ve idea that would you please to change the speakers for every lessons? because we should to listen from different sounds.
    I listen to your lessons to improve my listening.
    other qoustion is it American accent or Britch?

    thank you
    Khalifa Youssef

  32. Wiwer Says:

    English is Sweet when it\’s new , Sweeter when it’s true ,
    BUT Sweetest when it’s CHINA232
    i.e YOU guys !!!!!!

    I wish I could afford your VIP session.

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    So no more breaks, I will start with my classes and will download the podcast in order to keep improving my english!!

    Thank you for all your help, it’s awesome

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