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fall asleep

Fig. to go to sleep. I fell asleep while reading the very dull book. I got in bed and fell asleep at once.
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fall asleep

Go to sleep; also, cease paying attention. For example, As soon as the lights were dimmed he fell asleep, or His lectures are so dull that I fall asleep. The literal usage, which uses the verb fall in the sense of "succumb," dates from about 1300; the figurative is several centuries newer. Also see asleep at the switch.
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fall asleep

die. euphemistic
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Sometimes if you think about what you'd like to dream about, it helps you fall asleep and you'll expect more peaceful dreams.
However, Figueiro found, a similar exposure to blue-LED light prompted the study participants to fall asleep later and then sleep longer and better than they had before the treatment.
If that doesn't work, talk to your mom about seeing a sleep specialist, who might check you for narcolepsy, a condition in which people fall asleep at all hours of the day.
People say they have experienced head nodding but have not fallen asleep at the wheel, but you have to fall asleep first to have a head nod.
I fall asleep right away, but then about an hour later I wake up,'' she said.
Although the public prosecutor requested five months of military detention, the judge ruled that the soldiers did not fall asleep ''in times of war,'' a crucial phrase in the court case, while the public prosecutor thought the soldiers were in a war situation.
The new way to define your personality is how you fall asleep.
Melatonin is best for helping to fall asleep, but may not help maintain the slumber, since it is not a depressant.
I couldn't fall asleep in front of the camera and then move it around.
Women with pulmonary disease also suffered disproportionately with sleep difficulties, including overall poor sleep quality, daytime tiredness, and the tendency to fall asleep during leisure time.
As they fall asleep, the Affirmation Station repeats their message once a minute for 10 minutes at gradually decreasing volume.
Sixteen insomniacs who were given 600 mg of the Sedonium brand of valerian for two weeks didn't fall asleep faster--or sleep any longer--than when they were given a lookalike (but valerian-free) placebo.
The body's circadian cycle is a 24-hour cycle which controls functions such as body temperature, digestion and respiration and induces us to fall asleep at night and stay awake during daylight hours.
Paradoxical intention: instructs patient to concentrate on staying awake in order to reduce fruitless efforts to fall asleep.
By the time I finally fall asleep, it's time to wake up again.