cry (oneself) to sleep

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cry (oneself) to sleep

1. Literally, to cry until one falls asleep. I was so upset after the funeral that I cried myself to sleep.
2. When used figuratively, this phrase indicates that one is very upset about something. It is often said sarcastically to mean the opposite. I'm not thrilled with that grade, but it's not like I'm crying myself to sleep over it. Yeah, I'm sure that actor is really crying himself to sleep over a bad review!
See also: cry, sleep

cry oneself to sleep

to weep until sleep overtakes one. The baby finally cried herself to sleep.
See also: cry, sleep
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I have been crying myself to sleep but I don't want to leave him because I love him.
I have been crying myself to sleep, but I don't want to leave him because I love him.
I was crying myself to sleep most nights and our house wasn't the same without her.
She said, 'They e-mail me and text me such horrible things - it really upsets me, and I've been crying myself to sleep.
But I found out a couple of months later that while I was crying myself to sleep on New Year's Eve, he was out in a club with Antonia.
I've found myself crying myself to sleep at night over what's happened.
He said: "The pain was so bad I was crying myself to sleep at night.
Dear Coleen, I JUST turned 40 and ended up crying myself to sleep after my party because I still don't have a boyfriend.
She added: "I remember crying myself to sleep on a nightly basis.
She added: "I'm not a pessimist but I won't be crying myself to sleep if I don't win a Grammy.
Q I SPEND every night crying myself to sleep and my mind is always going a mile a minute over a guy I've been seeing for a while.
Now I find myself thinking constantly about my ex, sometimes even crying myself to sleep while my husband is asleep right next to me.
I turned 40 a few weeks ago and ended up crying myself to sleep after my party because I still don't have a boyfriend.
Ten years ago I was crying myself to sleep, worried about ever working again and paying the mortgage, depressed and feeling finished.