1 condition of rest
ADJ. deep | light | REM
VERB + SLEEP drift into/off to, drop off to, get to, go (back) to | cry/sob yourself to | get, sleep, snatch Close your eyes and get some sleep now. Tom was in the front room sleeping the sleep of the dead. I snatched a few hours' sleep in the afternoon. | need | survive on They seem to survive on only a few hours' sleep a night. | induce, lull/send sb to using drugs to induce sleep The quiet music soon sent her to sleep. | drift in and out of He drifted in and out of sleep all night. | lose Don't lose sleep over it?we'll sort everything out in the morning. | disrupt | catch up on I used Saturday to catch up on my sleep. | feign I feigned sleep when the ticket inspector came round.
SLEEP + VERB come Sleep came to her in snatches. | overcome sb, overtake sb Sleep finally overtook me.
SLEEP + NOUN pattern | deprivation, loss | apnoea
PREP. during ~ your heart rate during sleep | in your ~ He often walks and talks in his sleep.
PHRASES a lack of sleep suffering from a lack of sleep | a wink of sleep I won't get a wink of sleep with that noise downstairs.
2 period of sleep
ADJ. long | little, short | dead, deep, heavy, sound | good, restful | light | disturbed, exhausted, fitful, restless, uneasy I woke up early after a disturbed sleep. | dreamless, peaceful | drunken | beauty Sorry but I need my beauty sleep.
VERB + SLEEP need | have Did you have a good sleep? | be in I was in a deep sleep when the phone rang. | drift into, fall into, sink into I immediately fell into a dead sleep. | awake/awaken/wake (sb) from He woke from a fitful sleep with a headache.
PHRASES a (good/poor) night's sleep You'll feel better after a good night's sleep.
ADV. properly, soundly, well I haven't slept properly for weeks. The children were all sleeping soundly. Did you sleep well last night? | peacefully, quietly | easier, easily, quiet When the murderer is caught we can all sleep easier in our beds at night. | badly, fitfully, uneasily | deeply, heavily He was exhausted and slept deeply. | lightly She always slept very lightly so I had to be careful not to wake her. | barely, hardly, scarcely She felt as if she had hardly slept. | a little | alone | together
VERB + SLEEP be unable to, can't/couldn't I couldn't sleep so I got up and went downstairs. | try to You must be very tired. Try to sleep a little. | let sb | put sb/sth to You should always put babies to sleep on their backs. We had to have our dog put to sleep (= humanely killed because it was so ill).
PREP. for I only slept for four hours that night. | through She slept right through the storm. | with Everyone knows she sleeps with the boss.
PHRASES not sleep a wink (= not sleep at all) I didn't sleep a wink last night. | sleep late Let them sleep late on Saturday morning if they want to. | sleep like a baby/log (= sleep very well), sleep rough the problem of young people who sleep rough in the streets