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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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Though struggling to fall asleep or doze off again can be frustratingly difficult, physicians point out that it's not really a problem if it lasts for less than two weeks.
In a recent study, psychologist Chris Idzikowski asked 1,004 English sleepers to identify their personality traits and the position they most often fall asleep in.
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.
More than half of Americans find it most difficult to fall asleep during the summer, according to a new survey conducted for Serta.
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.
Falling asleep: 75% (15) of the residents will fall asleep within 15 minutes of going to bed at night.
By the time I finally fall asleep, it's time to wake up again.
Diane Hart, age 43, struggled to fall asleep every night for almost half a year.
The child was very, very tired, but she couldn't fall asleep, even though her bed was warm, the lights were off, and her dad sat in the rocking chair in her room to keep her company.
Men who find it hard to fall asleep could be at higher risk than others of developing coronary artery disease, researchers have found.
Sleep is as important to a healthy lifestyle as diet and exercise, but too many of us aren't getting enough -- and there is a lack of efficacious and natural product options for people worried about the side effects of pharmaceuticals," Steele says, "Dreamerz fills this gap by allowing people to treat themselves to a delicious dessert drink that helps them relax and fall asleep naturally.
If you can't manage to fall asleep within 15-20 minutes, get out of bed and do something boring for around 20 minutes.
According to the Mercedes driver, the seating position in the Mercedes FW04 is quite inclined which makes it easy to fall asleep while in the garage, The Sun reports.
MORE than 300,000 drivers may have a sleep disorder that could make them fall asleep at the wheel, say researchers.