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IELTS Speaking Sample Part 1 - Topic: Sleep

Updated: Oct 17, 2023


"How many hours do you sleep at night / every day?"

Well, it’s kinda hard to say for sure, but on weekdays and when I have to work against the clock to meet deadlines I can only sleep for roughly 5 to 6 hours per day. Only when on holiday or at the weekend can I be in a deep sleep for 7 hours or more.

"Do you often have a nap during the day?"

Definitely yes, a catnap for around 20 to 30 minutes every afternoon is extremely beneficial to me. I'll feel much better when I've had forty winks, and I know for sure this can boost my productivity. To be frank, whenever I have to work hours on end without a lunch break for a snooze, I always feel exhausted and worn out.

"Do you think sleep is important?"

Absolutely yes, a good night's sleep is crucial to one's physical, emotional as well as psychological well-being. In other words, sleep deprivation might result in increased risks of accidents and injuries at home, at work and on the road and make one prone to serious medical conditions, such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

"What can you do to have a good sleep?"

I’m not really sure, but I suppose taking a hot bath or refraining from having some snacks before bedtime could prove quite useful in many cases. Whenever I'm sleep deprived, I usually try these methods first and they seem to be highly effective. In addition, listening to some soft and soothing instrumental music might also work.



work against the clock

​làm việc chạy đua với thời gian

meet deadlines

kịp thời hạn


​xấp xỉ, khoảng chừng

be in a deep sleep

ngủ say giấc

catnap = forty winks = snooze

giấc ngủ ngắn, chợp mắt ban ngày

boost one’s productivity

cải thiện năng suất làm việc

work hours on end

làm việc liên tục không ngừng

exhausted and worn out

hoàn toàn kiệt sức

a good night's sleep

một giấc ngủ ngon

crucial to sth

cực kì quan trọng cho điều gì đó

physical, emotional as well as psychological well-being

sức khỏe về thể chất lẫn tinh thần

in other words

nói theo một cách khác thì

sleep deprivation

sự mất ngủ, thiếu ngủ

result in increased risks of sth

dẫn đến việc tăng những nguy cơ gây ra gì đó

prone to sth

dễ bị gì đó

serious medical conditions

những bệnh lý nghiêm trọng


bệnh béo phì

high blood pressure

cao huyết áp


bệnh tiểu đường

refrain from (doing) sth

kiềm chế, ngăn bản thân không làm gì đó

prove quite useful

tỏ ra khá hữu dụng

(be) sleep deprived

bị mất ngủ

highly effective

cực kì hiệu quả

soft and soothing instrumental music

bản nhạc không lời êm dịu

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