A good night's sleep

A young man sleeping in bed

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Host: At exam time it is important to sleep well. Today we have Doctor Baker with us in the studio and he is going to give us five top tips for getting a good night’s sleep. Welcome to the show, Doctor Baker. 

Dr Baker: Thank you. It’s great to be here. Let’s start with tip one. Don’t go to bed with the television on. Some people think they can sleep well with the TV on, but the noise and lights mean you don’t really sleep well, so turn it off!

Tip two: Don’t think too much before bedtime. Do your hardest homework earlier in the evening. Do easier homework later. If your brain is too busy and full of ideas it takes longer to get to sleep.

Tip three: Don’t play video games for an hour before you go to sleep. They also make your brain too busy and active. 

Tip four: Turn off your cell phone when you go to bed. What is so important that it can’t wait until the morning? If possible, leave your phone in another room. 

Tip five: Play music if you like. But don’t play it too loud. Turn the sound down low.

Host: Thank you, Doctor. That is very useful advice for our young listeners.


Do you sleep well? How many hours do you sleep a night?

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Submitted by Summer on Wed, 11/08/2023 - 15:50

Yes, I do. It depends on the contexts. When I have lots of homework, I often study until late night. That days, I have about 6 hours to sleep. But in casually days, I always have 7 hours to sleep.

Submitted by Hassan_ Mohamed on Thu, 10/26/2023 - 10:12

I sleep well every day , usually i sleep at 11 o'clock , but lately i sleep at 1 AM

Submitted by Zuko on Mon, 09/25/2023 - 11:12

Yes, I sleep well.I sleep 8 hours.

Submitted by Hopper on Mon, 09/25/2023 - 11:09

i sleep 8 hours a day.

Submitted by Saw Min Khant on Mon, 09/25/2023 - 10:33

Yes,I do.But, sometimes i can't sleep very well because of the assignment. I usually sleeps eight hours a night .

Submitted by yılportmtal on Fri, 09/22/2023 - 10:49

I sleep well. I sleep 7 or 8 hours a day.

Submitted by thongch1124 on Sat, 09/09/2023 - 03:20

I found this video very helpful for improving my listening skills and sleeping well. Thank you

Submitted by kimy83 on Thu, 09/07/2023 - 11:22

No, I don’t sleep well. I usually watch a movie and play video game before bedtime. I think this is bad habit but it is difficult to change. I usually around 5-6 hours per day.

Submitted by stella0 on Fri, 09/01/2023 - 12:51

Yes. I sleep well. I usually sleep 6hours a night.

Submitted by tinywinybing on Wed, 08/23/2023 - 19:33

Yes, I sleep well. I usually sleep 9-10 hours

Submitted by catpuccinoxi on Thu, 06/29/2023 - 19:47

Yes, I sleep well. And I usually sleep 7 hours during the week, and on weekends up to 9 hours!

Submitted by Sethumli on Thu, 06/22/2023 - 07:39

Yeah,I sleep well & I usually sleep 6 hours.

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Submitted by AnasA on Sat, 06/03/2023 - 13:40

I usually sleep eight hours

Submitted by victoriacortes on Mon, 05/29/2023 - 19:28

I sleep 8 hours or sometimes 10 hours

Submitted by ferdawsteens on Sun, 05/21/2023 - 21:20

A good’s night sleep is depend on livelihood level teens that which time sleep.

Submitted by Kunsto on Mon, 05/15/2023 - 20:26

I sleep three hours last night

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Submitted by Princessagentf… on Tue, 05/09/2023 - 06:33

I sleep 8-10 a day

Submitted by thatskyling_ on Mon, 05/01/2023 - 01:49

I slept at least 6 hours everyday but my sleep quality is quite bad as I always uses my phone before going to bed.

Submitted by Engeveryjoy on Sat, 04/29/2023 - 09:46

Hello, I sleep 7-8 hours every night.I feel good in the morning. I always do my easy homework later in the evening but my hard homework I do early.

Submitted by lisa-alisa on Mon, 04/10/2023 - 17:06

Hello, I slept 8-9 hours today, I slept really bad

Submitted by Hazel_1704 on Fri, 03/31/2023 - 03:47

I sleep well and I sleep in between 5 and 7 hours every night. However, I don't rest that well.

Submitted by Diegalvar on Thu, 03/23/2023 - 15:55

I sleep very well, I usually sleep 9 hours a night.

Submitted by kamenriderlc123 on Thu, 03/23/2023 - 05:49

thank you, doctor, recently I sleep very well although I watch movie before went to bed :V

Submitted by Desiree34 on Tue, 03/07/2023 - 18:41

I always sleep well I just can sleep 8 hours every day

Submitted by JerryT on Sun, 03/05/2023 - 08:07

Yes, I do. I usually sleep for 8 hours a night.

Submitted by haidar15 on Mon, 12/12/2022 - 07:32

This is difficult to understand, usually I just can sleep 7 hour, But I can sleep 9 hour.
I am little bit weird.

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Submitted by Leandro1983 on Sat, 12/03/2022 - 23:42

Oh my very nice

Submitted by JuanBonilla on Wed, 11/09/2022 - 20:54

yes, I sleep well. I usually sleep for more than 7 hours.

Submitted by MeaMea on Fri, 10/21/2022 - 14:26

oh my good god. I always sleep with my mobile phone. I try it.

Submitted by shinta on Fri, 10/14/2022 - 09:23

I slept well last night. Usually, I go to bed at 22:00. I wake up at 7:30. That means I sleep 9.5 hours.

Submitted by mondereck18 on Sun, 09/04/2022 - 00:40

I hardly ever go to bedearly.Itis very difficult to me. however, I have already discovered which the causes are...

Submitted by Hirthic on Thu, 09/01/2022 - 16:05

yes I sleep well. I usually sleep for more than 8 hours.

Submitted by ingleseBZnullo on Wed, 08/31/2022 - 12:11

i sleep very well all night

Submitted by SK0272ingles on Wed, 08/17/2022 - 00:05

I can sleep very weel because I work every day and I end my day exaust.

Submitted by Noorreeyy09 on Tue, 08/16/2022 - 14:57

Yes I actually enjoy a good and peaceful sleep by the grace of God. And I usually sleep for 8 hours. Thank you

Submitted by AliEsp on Sat, 08/13/2022 - 15:58

No, I haven't slept well at night. I sleep 6 hours at night.

Submitted by fmchancosic on Wed, 08/10/2022 - 20:17

Yes, I do. I usually sleep for six hours. When, I don't have a lot of homeworks of university.

Submitted by Tami1210 on Wed, 08/10/2022 - 00:02

Lately I have not slept well for health reasons or simply because there is a lot of noise in my house. I usually sleep 5 hours.

Submitted by jrrada21 on Wed, 07/13/2022 - 00:20

Do you sleep well? How many hours do you sleep a night? Sometimes I don´t sleep well because there is a lot of noise around my house. for the second question . I´m sleeping 6 hours a night right now. I hope to sleep more hour in my life. thak you for the advices.

Submitted by Kitty20 on Mon, 06/20/2022 - 19:57

Sometimes I don't sleep well because of the noise, but normally I sleep 7 hours a day.

Submitted by minata on Mon, 06/20/2022 - 19:43

well, I sleep 7 seven hours a day but i steel over the day tired sometimes i sleep for more 7 hours but when i do that i wake up early in the morning !! what is the solution so ?? :/ :/

Submitted by Angelasb on Mon, 06/20/2022 - 19:07

Yes, I sleep well. I sleep 7 hours.

Submitted by QAZ on Mon, 06/13/2022 - 08:56

I often sleep quite late, around at 3am. But I'm gonna improve it day by day for my health

Submitted by SEBASTIAN on Wed, 06/08/2022 - 23:26

I sleep very well,i sleep 14 hours when I am in vacation

Submitted by Koalagirl on Sun, 06/05/2022 - 12:28

I do not really have a good sleep. I usually sleep for seven hours a day. I take few naps during the day.

Submitted by Fadikly on Thu, 06/02/2022 - 16:57

i sleep very well actually. i don’t watch video or other things before i go to bed. i usually sleep 9 hours. Because its important for my life.

Submitted by 0english on Wed, 06/01/2022 - 07:54

I sleep at least 8 hours

Submitted by Edaa on Wed, 06/01/2022 - 07:09

I sleep very well very comfortably. I sleep 8 hours a day☺️
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