Sleep Myths

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I December 03, 2021
General English, Speaking Lessons
B2 Upper-Intermediate
Passive Voice, Reporting Verbs
Grammar, Speaking, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Students engaged in an online English lesson learning about sleep myths, practicing passive voice, and reporting verbs.

Lesson Overview

Do you sleep like a baby, or do you toss and turn all night? In this lesson, students will learn about sleep and various things that can affect normal sleep patterns. This lesson features a video of two experts who debunk the most common myths about sleep. Students will learn and practice the use of passive voice, reporting verbs, and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes discussion activities and worksheets for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will learn and practice the passive voice and reporting verbs. They will learn to transform active sentences into passive ones and use reporting structures to discuss common myths and scientific statements about sleep.

  • Listening: Students will improve their listening skills by engaging with a video featuring experts debunking common sleep myths. They will listen for specific examples of passive voice and reporting verbs used to convey scientific findings and expert opinions.

  • Speaking: Students will participate in discussions and debates about sleep myths versus facts. They will use passive voice and reporting verbs to express their views on the impact of certain activities on sleep quality and to report information heard or read in studies.

  • Vocabulary: Vocabulary development will focus on terms related to sleep such as "circadian rhythm," "insomnia," "REM sleep," and "zeitgeber." These terms will be used in context to help students articulate their thoughts on how various factors affect sleep.

  • Homework: For homework, students will complete exercises that involve converting sentences from active to passive voice and using reporting verbs to discuss new information about sleep. They will also write responses to common statements about sleep using newly learned grammatical structures.


Ever wonder why you don’t feel rested in the morning? Watch this video as two sleep experts debunk the most common myths about sleep. They explain why watching TV and drinking alcohol before bed are some of the worst things you can do that disrupt your normal sleep cycle.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

circadian rhythm [noun]: all the physical, mental, and behavioral changes in people, animals, and plants that follow a 24-hour cycle
cue [noun]: a signal to do or start something
zeitgeber [noun]: any external or environmental cue that synchronizes an organism's biological rhythms; like bright blue light triggering your body’s awake phase
disrupt [verb]: to prevent something
booze [noun]: alcohol
suppress [verb]: to end something by force
alert [adjective]: quick to see, notice, respond
input [noun]: anything that is put into a system, so it can operate
phase [noun]: any stage in a series of events or in a process
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