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Date: Aug 23 2019

Themes: Health

Grammar: First Conditional


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It’s the middle of the day and everything is going well. You are getting your work done and you feel great. But all of a sudden, you become extremely tired, and you don’t feel like you can last for much longer. What do you do? Do you take a break and drink some coffee, or take a nap?

Many people find that napping leaves them feeling refreshed and full of energy. But some people feel like naps can interrupt their sleep pattern. All over the world, people have different ways to deal with sleepiness.

Gary loves napping but Sara feels like she can’t take them. Find out why in today’s lesson about daytime sleeping.


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Sara_R:  (yawns)

Gary:  Oh, no.

Sara_R:  I’m so tired, Gary…

Gary:  Are you OK?

Sara_R:  …but I can’t take a nap because it will interrupt my sleep pattern.

Gary:  Oh, no. But how long do your naps usually last?

Sara_R:  It’s random, that’s why I can’t take a nap.

Gary:  I love napping. I think it’s great. I feel refreshed after I take a nap. And actually, it lets me take a break from the day to not think about anything.

Sara_R:  If I take a nap, it will keep me up all night.

Gary:  Oh, no. I’ve learned to schedule it so that I take a nap during lunch or maybe early afternoon so that it won’t impact what time I go to sleep.

Sara_R:  I guess I could try one, and just set my alarm, and maybe it will give me more energy.


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Sara is tired, but she doesn’t want to take a nap. She says napping can interrupt her sleep pattern, and make it so she doesn’t have very much energy the next day. Sadly for Sara, napping affects her in a negative way.

Gary loves taking naps. He says he likes to schedule them in the early afternoon so that he can feel refreshed for the rest of the day. He likes to take a break from being so busy and enjoy a little sleep. Who can blame him?

Do you like napping? Why or why not?



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bora_78Super Member!


I used to take a nap when I was teenager because I was not working and I had much longer free time. I wish I could take a nap in the day.It would be great and taking nap might increase energy efficiency.

06:16 PM Aug 23 2019 |




I work in night shift. So my normal sleep pattern got changed and it interrupt my night sleep. My sleep at night will not last much longer and i will wake up random. That impact my day activities. 

08:46 PM Aug 20 2015 |




I take a nap only when I feel tired or have a headache after some work, but I always sleep through the alarm. 

04:23 AM Aug 20 2015 |



Russian Federation

i like napping, but i take a nap very seldom because i work during my daytime and i can’t do it. But after a lunch or dinner time i usually want to sleep. When i have day off i can take a nap, but i do it only if i feel very tired and want to feel refresh and full of energy.

I also know that it can interrupt sleep pattern only when you take lately nap (after 6 -7 pm).

08:13 PM Aug 18 2015 |




I need naps! We call is siesta in Spain :)I have one after lunch and it´s a cat nap, just 30 minutes and then I´m ready to continue working :) I´m an early bird and I need this break :)

06:15 AM Aug 18 2015 |



I like to take a nap

05:35 PM Aug 17 2015 |

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I don’t usually take a nap except for the days when i feel exhausted or if im not feeling well .

Sometimes if im taking a long nap without any disturbence it makes me feel refreshed but sometimes if im woked up by someone and my nap disturbed in the middle than i  feel dizzy and lazy after taking a nap .

04:36 PM Aug 17 2015 |


United States

Acctually , Napping is a great way for those who works long hours . Some countries , talking napping even is a considertion culture. lol 

03:52 PM Aug 17 2015 |




I don`t like napping but what happens is that almost on weekends when i have freetime to browse the web i get drowsy and give in to the temptation  of taking a nap . In the northern part of my country in summer is extremely hot  , people usually after noon stay inside of their houses  napping or having a “siesta”  until the sun goes down ,then reasume their activities.

03:33 PM Aug 17 2015 |




I usually don’t take a nap,it happens rarely.It’s somthing i didn’t get used to,it happens only when i really feel exhausted.Sometimes during the afternoon,after lunch time,i don’t know what to do,i just try,and force my self even,but i can’t,i just close my eyes for a while,then get out of the bed.I think it’s a matter of a habit,that’s it.

03:13 PM Aug 17 2015 |

omar saidi

omar saidi

Tanzania, United Republic Of

Actually I don’t like napping but it comes as a nature during a day . I’m doing sells of water sports company one of a expensive resort

Every day at two o’clock after lunch I must feel napping especially when I get back on my desk . I don’t like it but I have no way to avoid it .

11:14 AM Aug 17 2015 |

La Princesse de la vie


I’ve recently read a book about how to reach optimizing sleep and part of it talked about taking naps, the substance in it is that naps shouldn’t exceed 90 mins or so and it has to be some time between afternoon and before lunch. That’s the ideal model of a nap. The book also mentioned that these standards only work with early risers not deep sleepers.

I don’t often take naps, because I usually get up around 9 or 10 am, so I don’t do really much to need a nap after 3 or 4 hours. It only happens when I go out and go back home dead tired that I need to sleep, and mostly it impacts my sleep at night.

10:37 AM Aug 17 2015 |




I do like taking naps, but I wish I could do it without feeling so guilty afterwards. I don’t know why, but it makes me feel like I’m wasting my time when I could actually be doing something productive. Besides, I almost never get around to it, so… It’s not like I have a choice when it happens. I just doze off and that’s it. 

10:10 AM Aug 17 2015 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

When I was younger I never ran out of energy so there was no need in taking naps in the middle of the day but now It’s different. When I get home after a stressful day at work, I feel so tired and usually put some relaxing music on and then lie down on the floor and try to drift off. 

By the way, I read an interesting news in a newspaper the other day that more and more Japaneses firms are encouraging their workers to sleep on the job and convinced that it leads to better work performance. And most employees think their performance has improved since they started taking naps at their desks. I hope other companies around the world would follow the trend and do such a favor to their employees.

06:44 AM Aug 17 2015 |

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