Sleep Myths

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 Description

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

  • To learn about common sleep myths and things that can affect normal sleep patterns

  • To learn and review passive voice and reporting verbs

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To learn and use new vocabulary relating to the topic


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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