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sleep rough

To sleep outside at night, usually because one has no home or shelter. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. The government's aim is to have the number of people sleeping rough halved in five years' time. I slept rough for a couple of years after my house was repossessed. It's not something I would wish on anyone.
See also: rough, sleep

sleep like a baby

To experience a very deep and restful sleep; to sleep soundly. I can't believe you finished a triathlon! You're going to sleep like a baby tonight. I have to set numerous alarms for the morning because I sleep like a baby every night!
See also: baby, like, sleep

sleep like a top

To experience a very deep and restful sleep; to sleep soundly. I can't believe you finished a triathlon! You're going to sleep like a top tonight. I have to set numerous alarms for the morning because I sleep like a top every night!
See also: like, sleep, top

be sleeping with the fishes

gangster cliché To be murdered and have one's body disposed of in a river, lake, or ocean. Don't worry, boss, that no-good snitch will be sleeping with the fishes before sunrise.
See also: Fishes, sleep

be sleeping at the wheel

To be failing to attend to one's responsibilities or duties; to be inattentive to that which is important or for which one is responsible. Johnson was supposed to make sure the paperwork went through before the deadline, but it looks like he was sleeping at the wheel. Our goalkeeper is such a nincompoop. We would have won that match if he hadn't been sleeping at the wheel!
See also: sleep, wheel

be sleeping at the switch

To be failing to attend to one's responsibilities or duties; to be inattentive to that which is important or for which one is responsible. Johnson was supposed to make sure the paperwork went through before the deadline, but it looks like he was sleeping at the switch. Our goalkeeper is such a nincompoop. We would have won that match if he hadn't been sleeping at the switch!
See also: sleep, switch

sleep with the fishes

gangster cliché To be murdered and have one's body disposed of in a river, lake, or ocean. Don't worry, boss, that no-good snitch will be sleeping with the fishes before sunrise.
See also: Fishes, sleep

not sleep a wink

To not get any sleep. Our newborn son is rather colicky, so my wife and I haven't slept a wink the last few nights.
See also: not, sleep, wink

sleep like a log

To experience a very deep and restful sleep; to sleep soundly. I can't believe you finished a triathlon! You're going to sleep like a log tonight. I have to set numerous alarms for the morning because I sleep like a log every night!
See also: like, log, sleep

not sleep a wink

not to sleep at all. I couldn't sleep a wink last night. Ann hasn't been able to sleep a wink for a week.
See also: not, sleep, wink

sleep like a log

 and sleep like a baby
to sleep very soundly. Everyone in our family sleeps like a log, so no one heard the thunderstorm in the middle of the night. Nothing can wake me up. I usually sleep like a baby.
See also: like, log, sleep

sleep like a log

Also, sleep like a top. Sleep very soundly, as in I slept like a log, or She said she slept like a top. Both of these similes transfer the immobility of an object to that of a person who is sound asleep (since a top spinning quickly looks immobile). The first dates from the late 1600s; the variant is newer.
See also: like, log, sleep

sleep like a log

COMMON If you sleep like a log, you have a very deep sleep. I slept like a log last night and feel full of energy.
See also: like, log, sleep

sleep rough

BRITISH
When people sleep rough, they sleep out of doors, usually because they have no home. It makes me so sad when I see young people begging or sleeping rough on the streets. Note: You can also say that someone lives rough. He looked like he'd been living rough for the last few days.
See also: rough, sleep

not sleep a wink

If you do not sleep a wink, you do not sleep at all although you try hard to. This was my first Grand Prix win of the season and I was so excited I couldn't sleep a wink that night. Note: You can also say that you do not get a wink of sleep with the same meaning. The hotel was so noisy, I didn't get a wink of sleep.
See also: not, sleep, wink

sleep rough

sleep in uncomfortable conditions, usually out of doors. British
See also: rough, sleep

sleep like a log (or top)

sleep very soundly.
See also: like, log, sleep

not sleep (or get) a wink (or not get a wink of sleep)

not sleep at all.
See also: not, sleep, wink

not sleep a ˈwink

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not get a ˈwink of sleep

not sleep at all: I didn’t sleep a wink last night because I was worrying about my driving test.
See also: not, sleep, wink
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Even the notion of increasing the amount of time children slept, while responding to the growing concerns about doing everything possible to promote good health and growth, appealed to the unstated desire to get the little darlings out of parental hair now that there was less supplemental help and some new leisure alternatives.
Middle-class children were increasingly placed in individual bedrooms, in contrast to the 19th-century pattern in which same-sex children had commonly slept together, usually sharing beds, even in the upper middle class.
It was assumed that children slept better alone; having other children around involved potential noise, different waking times, and other disturbances.
After controlling for other factors, researchers found that men who slept 5 hours or less a night had twice as many heart attacks as men who slept 8 hours, report Japanese scientists in the July Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
In England, people went to bed an hour after sundown, got up a few hours later for a midnight meal, and then slept a few more hours until sunup, Horne says.
For example, Nilsson says, some people in the study might have slept less because of factors that increase their blood-cortisol concentrations, such as job stress.
If prehistoric people slept in two nightly periods, then regularly awakening out of REM sleep may have allowed them to reflect on and remember their dreams in a semiconscious state that's generally unavailable to modern sleepers.
The two-phase sleep pattern observed by Wehr corresponds remarkably closely to the way in which most Western Europeans slept between 500 and 200 years ago, according to historian A.
Researchers in four countries have found that as a smaller proportion of children slept prone, the rate of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) fell.
The team found that about two-thirds of both the youngsters who died of SIDS and the healthy babies routinely slept on their abdomens.
Conversely, the morning after they were awakened during non-REM sleep, they did just as well as when they had slept undisturbed, the Israeli researchers discovered.
The men slept in the laboratory on nights 1, 3 and 6 of this phase.
The scientists found that when the men spent 10 hours in bed, they typically slept for nine hours and showed more alertness during the day.
Ideally, you should sleep until you're slept out," Roehrs adds.
Interviewers asked a total of 10,534 people, representing part of a random national sample gathered by the National Institute of Mental Health for a study of psychiatric disorders, whether they had trouble falling asleep or had slept too much over a period of at least two weeks during the prior six months.