Sleep: IELTS Speaking Part 1 Sample Answer
Speaking Part 1
1 How many hours do you sleep a day?
Since I work from sun up to sun down (all day long), it’s essential (very important) for me to get a healthy amount of sleep. I usually go to bed between 10:30 and 11pm and get up between 4:30 and 5am. To be honest, I always set my alarm for 4:30 but I have a habit of pressing the snooze button (the button you press when your alarm goes off and you want to sleep more; usually lasts 5-10 minutes) 2 or 3 times so usually end up getting out of bed closer to 5.
2 Do you think it is enough? Why?
I think the minimum amount of sleep to be healthy is 6 hours a night. So yes, I do sleep an acceptable amount of hours. But, to be honest, I think it’s unnatural to get up before the sunrise; I think we need natural light. Although I sleep about 6 hours, I still feel sleepy throughout the day. I think getting up at 6 would feel a lot more refreshing.
3 What do you do to improve sleeping quality?
With all the stressors that I face throughout the day, it’s important to take some deep breaths at the end of the day. I downloaded a meditation app called HeadSpace a few months ago and have started doing some meditation before sleep. Furthermore, I try to avoid looking at my phone at least 30 minutes before bed because it stimulates my mind too much. I truly believe that meditation leads to a much more restful sleep.
4 Do you like sleeping during the day? Why?
When I take a nap, I tend to keep pressing the snooze button and end up (do something without wanting or trying to) sleeping for at least an hour and a half! Although it feels amazing to escape the heat with an afternoon nap in an air conditioned room, I try to avoid it because I end up feeling more tired afterwards. I think a 30-45 minute nap would be ideal.
5 Do you think elderly people need more or less sleep than young? Why?
I imagine that an aging body exerts (use) much more energy for simple tasks that seem easy to a young, able body. Furthermore, they may be more sensitive to extreme weather. With this said, I would say that the elderly require more rest. I believe if they have more rest, they can keep healthier and perhaps live a longer life.
- from sunup to sundown: all day long
Eg: She works from sunup to sundown
- Essential: very important
Eg: Blanket is an essential in the cold weather
- snooze button: the button you press when your alarm goes off and you want to sleep more; usually lasts 5-10 minutes
Eg: I hit the snooze button to sleep a little more
- end up: do something without wanting or trying to
Eg: She will end up getting hurt if she isn’t careful
- Exerts: effort
Eg: Do not exert too much pressure on the clip
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