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 cian007 on Tue, 06/11/2019 - 15:40

i sleep very well about 7-8 hours at night

Submitted by Thu on Sat, 06/08/2019 - 08:58

I think it sometimes. When today or tomorrow has some special event, then I was very excited so I can't sleep well. I just keep thinking and about it. I often go to bed at 10 p.m. and I wake up at 7 a.m. So my daily sleep is 6-7 hours a day.

Submitted by zEpicEnglish on Fri, 05/31/2019 - 01:08

Well, I do not think so, I am a person who actually sleep like 5-6 hours, honestly I always fell so bad after wake up so my conclusion is that you should sleep the 8 hours that the doctors and scientists recommend for all the people

Submitted by Linad on Fri, 05/24/2019 - 08:12

I think I sleep well. I go to bed at 10 o’clock p.m. I don’t play games for an hour before I go to sleep. I don’t think too much before bedtime. Because if your brain is busy and full I will sleep very bad. I don’t watch TV before bedtime.
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Submitted by LalaJala on Sun, 04/14/2019 - 16:41

I sleep sometimes very well but some days I don't sleep very well. I think we must sleep early. It is very good for our brain.

Submitted by Milu2014 on Fri, 04/05/2019 - 16:12

Hi! I'm a new student. Nice to meet you ;)
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Submitted by empty on Wed, 04/03/2019 - 10:19

very good listening track
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Submitted by DaiyanNooryDahy on Mon, 04/01/2019 - 05:37

I can sleep so so.

Submitted by kjfdjfkjas on Mon, 03/25/2019 - 03:23

l do sleep well . However ,l usually play smart phone a phrase of times before go to sleep.

Submitted by vy08 on Tue, 03/12/2019 - 12:46

it's is useful, but it's too easy with my level.

Submitted by hoangdinhminh05 on Thu, 03/07/2019 - 13:07

I thing, today have too many things which made we can't go to bed early, because youtobe program, smart phone, facebook, I also go to sleep in midnight, and how about you, do you the same to me?

Submitted by luci2909 on Mon, 02/25/2019 - 22:04

i sleep five hours

Submitted by agaliarept on Sat, 02/09/2019 - 15:55

I sleep around eigth hours, and that is enough for letting my brain rest and enter the phase of rapid eye movement, with the porpose of start the next day whit all energy.

Submitted by laubuejim on Thu, 01/24/2019 - 16:40

I sleep kind of well, I would like to sleep more. I sleep six hours

Submitted by clavergui on Thu, 01/24/2019 - 16:36

i sleep very well and i sleep around five hours

Submitted by clavergui on Thu, 01/24/2019 - 16:28

i want to sleep every time but i have any time to do it :(

Submitted by cyneesta on Wed, 01/09/2019 - 15:17

easy study english

Submitted by wanna123 on Mon, 12/31/2018 - 08:56

Hmm... I think i rarely have a good bed time. I play a lot in the daytime, and I just study in the night. And when I go to bed, i use smartphone a long time before I really sleep. I just sleep 5 hours, then I wake up in the morning and go to school, but I always feel sleepy too much. So, I spend my weekend to sleep all day. I think I need to improve myself better.

Submitted by shfffzzz on Sat, 12/29/2018 - 11:56

i don't really sleep well every night but i'm trying to, I usually sleep for less than 8 hours

Submitted by shfffzzz on Sat, 12/29/2018 - 11:53

we really need to sleep well at night so we can spend our next day with a good health , Thank you for the tips

Submitted by Escobar on Fri, 11/30/2018 - 16:56

I sleep very well.I sleep 9 or 10 hours a night.

Submitted by Tumka on Wed, 10/10/2018 - 18:53

I like sleeping, but I sleep 5-6 hours every day
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Submitted by Tutor on Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:55

Yes, I do...... I do sleep well. But when I'm in bad moments I can't sleep well and it's normal for others also. I sleep about 6 - 7 hours a day.

Submitted by Haris99 on Mon, 10/01/2018 - 01:09

I don't think so, I only sleep five to six hours a day and sometimes it makes me sleepy during the day.

Submitted by Laode_Hamdi_A on Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:52

Awesome learning , keep it up !
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Submitted by Khumaidaa on Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:28

I can't sleep well, every time I wake up I feel very tired

Submitted by HaryaSidikD on Sun, 09/30/2018 - 15:02

Yes i do, 7hours

Submitted by arifpamujii on Sun, 09/30/2018 - 14:46

Hello everyone, This is my first comment here :) I don't sleep well and that's why I'm always tired in the morning. My main problem is that many of my dorm friends sleep late at night. I can't sleep because of being disturbed. So my daily sleep is 5-6 hours and that is not enough for me. sleep tips for me so that the morning feels fit and doesn't feel tired in the morning.

Submitted by Arya_arinal_haq on Sun, 09/30/2018 - 14:07

It is good material for learning how to listening well thank you.

Submitted by Budi_andra on Sun, 09/30/2018 - 13:51

How long you can sleep well using all of that tips ?

Submitted by 5302418027 on Sun, 09/30/2018 - 11:08

I sleep well last night, about 7 hours. But in the morning I was sleepy
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Submitted by khanhlinh92004 on Mon, 07/23/2018 - 09:58

I didn't sleep well last night. The weather is too hot. I try to sleep but I couldn't. I left my bed and went out. Suddenly, I saw something in the corner of my room. I came close and touched it. And it jumped on my hand. It was a mouse. Terrible! I threw it away and ran into the bathroom. And I saw another mouse. What a horrible night! I couldn't sleep all night. And I was late for school this morning. I hate mouse. Tonight, I will check the room before going to bed. I wish I will sleep well tonight.

Submitted by Sea_Pearl on Sat, 07/07/2018 - 09:40

Excuse me, I've been trying to download the audio file, but it is not working. I am using chrome and it says "this site can't be reached". how can I solve this problem?
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Submitted by JoEditor on Mon, 07/09/2018 - 07:23

Hi Sea_Pearl,
Thanks for your comment. I've just checked and the audio file downloads fine so I think your problem is a local one on your computer. Please try on another computer or device and try another browser. You can also try to 'clear the cache' on Chrome and then try again.  
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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Submitted by UrbaezEdith on Thu, 07/05/2018 - 03:02

I sleep well but, i think a lot after bedtime. Leave fron now. I don’t go to do that again. I sleep seven hours at night

Submitted by Mughal on Mon, 06/25/2018 - 16:10

No, i don't sleep very well because i have many ideas during the sleeping-time.And i sleep eight to ninth hours for a night.

Submitted by Mughal on Mon, 06/25/2018 - 13:38

please teach me about what does it mean "It's great to be here". Dr Baker said in the studio.
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Submitted by Jonathan - Coo… on Tue, 06/26/2018 - 03:18

Hi Mughal! This is a phrase commonly used by a guest on a show or television programme. When the presenter introduces the guest or says 'Welcome', the guest can reply 'It's great to be here' (= I am happy to be here / I am happy to be here on this show). Does that help? :)

Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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Submitted by Emy99 on Mon, 05/28/2018 - 20:19

why is the audio file not playing?
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Submitted by Jonathan - Coo… on Tue, 05/29/2018 - 02:49

Hi Emy99. I've just tested it, and it seems to be working fine for me. Can you tell us which browser you are using (e.g. Chrome, Safari)?

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Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Submitted by Vantuongle on Wed, 05/02/2018 - 08:33

I don't sleep well because i have usually thinking about something when i let back, I know its bad habbit, i am tring to give that up. The lessen so good. Thanks,

Submitted by felixminecraft on Wed, 04/25/2018 - 17:07

This lesson was very good bye bye
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Submitted by SLMT on Thu, 04/05/2018 - 13:40

I am a good sleeper.I can sleep everywhere.Even the place is changed,I can sleep as soon as I touch my pillow.That may be God’s best gift for me. I always sleep around 11 o’clock and get up at 6 AM.My sleeping time is only 7 hours.That May be the reason why I always doze off on my way to home from work.
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