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Trouble Sleeping
Trouble Sleeping

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Date: May 17 2013

Grammar: Gerunds vs. Infinitives


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You’re in your pajamas, your teeth are brushed, and your face is washed. You’ve turned out the lights and you’re all ready for bed. There’s only one problem: you can’t sleep. You turn on the lights and try reading for a bit. You listen to music. You even count sheep. Nothing helps with your insomnia.

Or maybe you have no problem getting to sleep, but you wake up in the middle of the night. You think you’ll just be able to turn over and fall back asleep, but before you know it a half hour passes. Then another. Then it’s time for your alarm to go off, and you’ve been awake half the night. Sleep trouble is truly the worst. Find out about Mason and Lily’s experiences with insomnia in this sleep English lesson.




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Lily:  I have had so much trouble sleeping lately.

Mason:  Really? Why’s that?

Lily:  I get really anxious, and I can’t really wind down. I can’t stop thinking when I close my eyes to go to sleep.

Mason:  So you find your problem is you can’t necessarily get to sleep when you want to go to sleep.

Lily:  Yeah.

Mason:  Whereas I find my problem is I can get to sleep OK, but then I’ll wake up in the middle of the night.

Lily:  Oh, that’s the worst.

Mason:  Yeah. It is the worst. I haven’t gone in and actually gotten myself diagnosed for insomnia or anything like that, but it’s been a real problem.

Lily:  Have you tried taking any sleeping pills or anything like that?

Mason:  I have, and I’ve had mixed results. I’ve woken up in the middle of the night having taken a pill.

Lily:  Yeah, so you still end up waking up and then not only are you awake, you’re also kinda groggy too, right?

Mason:  Yeah. So honestly, most times I end up just embracing it and I actually go sleep on the couch in the other room, because I need to toss and turn a little bit, and read a book, and in between an hour or two I’ll end up getting back to bed.


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Lily has been having lots of trouble sleeping lately. She gets ready for bed, but once she’s lying down she can’t stop thinking. She just can’t wind down.

Mason has a different kind of sleeping problem. He falls asleep OK, but then he wakes up and can’t get back to sleep. He’s tried taking sleeping pills, but they don’t really work for him.

Mason has decided that, rather than fight his sleep trouble, he’s going to embrace it. When he wakes up, he actually gets out of bed. He goes to another room and reads a little, and then eventually falls back asleep.

Do you ever have trouble sleeping? What do you do to help you sleep? What advice would you give to someone with insomnia?



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that is my problem. ı always wake up in the middle of the night, ı dont know why but ı really hate. and if you have to get up early it is getting worst , you always beeing late the work :) dont force to sleep watch a movie as me

12:51 PM May 17 2013 |

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As long as I don´t have a serious problem  insomnia is a word that only exists in the dictionary . I feel pity for Lily , lacking of  sleep  during many days  on the long run takes a toll on our  nervous system and body. It is said that a sleeping pill is  preferably  than staying awake through  the night , so damaging it is  not being able  to sleep. I would advice her to take up yoga classes  with a good instructor. It may happen that for a brief moment I wake up in the middle of the night  then I  catch up with   sleep again  .




BeatriceChiu how well informed you are!


About me I don’t know what I can tell because luckely I haven’t never suffered of insomnia…   sometimes I can’t fall asleep due to foughts or things like this but after a cwhile…...good night

11:01 AM May 17 2013 |




Do not force yourself to sleep, Be relaxed, that time you will sleep like a baby….

09:34 AM May 17 2013 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

oh.thanks to god I do’t have insomnia  when i go for sleep until i put my head on pillow I fall in sleep and it’s so good

08:54 AM May 17 2013 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I used to have trouble sleeping but fortunately i don’t have it anymore.

05:16 AM May 17 2013 |



United States

Insomnia is one of my biggest problem at night, it’s like everytime i go to bed i have a lot things come up in mind.it’s crazy, maybe i ll have to try some sleeping pills to see if it’s going to work.

Sleep is very good for the body, a good day of Happiness and work.



 I fall sleep quickly every night .

if you do enough sports and you will feel tired at night . i think you will have a good sleep.

i dont think eat sleeping pills is a good way to solve sleeping problems.

01:45 AM May 17 2013 |



Syrian Arab Republic

yes i had but now am ok

pills and stuff like that doesnt work out

i think you must have been done a lot of activities in your day

working studying etc

01:03 AM May 17 2013 |

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