May 162013

In this week’s 6 Minute English: How much can you learn when you’re tired?

New research has proved that not getting enough sleep – or sleep deprivation – can have a negative effect on a student’s performance at school.

In this week’s 6 Minute English, Rob and Finn discuss why this is a particular problem in wealthier countries and explore some sleep related language.

This week’s question:

Randy Gardner holds the world record for the longest period of time without sleep in 1965.

Do you know how long he stayed awake for? Was it:

a) 5 days

b) 8 days

c) 11 days

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.


sleep deprivation: not getting enough sleep
getting their heads down: going to sleep
lethargic: lacking in energy
forty winks: a brief and light sleep
to run on empty: to continue working when you have no energy or enthusiasm
hit the sack: go to bed
mood swings: regular changes in how you feel or behave
a siesta: a short sleep after lunch (particularly in hot countries)
to turn in: to go to bed
tetchy: grumpy, unhappy

6 Minute English – Sleeping for learning Transcript Video


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