The Importance of Sleep

Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on June 9, 2019 and last updated on May 12, 2023

Engaging in discussions about the importance of sleep can be a valuable conversation topic for ESL learners as it offers various benefits to their language skills. Exploring this topic allows learners to expand their vocabulary related to sleep, practice expressing opinions and enhance their listening and speaking abilities through active participation.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.


Sleep is something that everybody needs to stay alive. It is a time when the body repairs itself and you can re-energise so you are ready for the next day.

Without sleep we would die which makes it one of the most important things we can do in life along with drinking water, eating and breathing. Many people’s lifestyles now are so busy that if they get 5 hours sleep a night it is considered to be adequate, but is it enough or are we doing ourselves damage by not taking sleep seriously?

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • deep sleep (idiom)
  • drowsy (adjective)
  • wake up (phrasal verb)
  • quality (adjective)
  • sufficient (adjective)
  • nap (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • How important is sleep?
  • Do you think you get enough sleep?
  • Do you think people in general get enough sleep?
  • What problems might we have if we do not get enough sleep?
  • Do you think the government should do more to promote the benefits of adequate sleep?
  • What can people do to help them sleep better?
  • What are some signs that indicate you haven't had enough sleep?
  • How does a good night's sleep affect your mood and productivity the next day?
  • What are some strategies you use to ensure a restful night's sleep?
  • Should schools start later in the day to allow students to get more sleep?
  • Do you think napping during the day is beneficial? Why or why not?
  • How does technology (such as smartphones or laptops) impact our sleep patterns?
  • Do you think the amount of sleep a person needs changes based on their age or individual circumstances?
  • Are there any cultural or societal factors that influence people's attitudes towards sleep in your country?
  • Should the government implement policies to raise awareness about the importance of sleep?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.