General Listening Quiz

“Sleeping Problem”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate sleeping trouble man – woman 01:33

Pre-Listening Exercise

Why do some people have trouble sleeping at night and what can they do to get a good night’s rest?


night owl” = someone who stays up late
My brother is a real night owl, and he doesn’t go to bed until dawn.”

sleep on it” = go to sleep and think about something overnight before making a decision
I’m not sure if I should take the job, so I want to sleep on it.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The man wakes up at ____.

Man: What? Why did you wake me up? Woman: It is 2:00 in the afternoon.

Where does the man need to go today?

Woman: No, you have to get up. You will be late for that class again.

The man's sister feels that he should get up at ___.

Woman: You should get up no later than 6:30.

The woman tells her brother to go to bed at ____ every night.

Woman: You need to get to bed no later than 9:00.

The woman has seen her brother fall asleep while he was ___.

Woman: No, this is unbelievable. You need sleep; caffeine isn't an acceptable substitute. I've seen you fall asleep while driving . . . James, James. Do NOT fall asleep while I'm talking to you.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

What time do you usually go to bed at night, and what time do you usually get up? Do these times change depending on the day of the week? Have your sleep habits changed since you graduated from high school?

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to find the answers to these questions:

  • What are some of the major sleep problems or disorders?
  • What are the causes of each of these problems?
  • What methods of treatment are available?