Good Night, Sleep Tight – IELTS Essay Practice

By | June 30, 2013
Read the article below about how to fall asleep. Then answer the practice questions and IELTS essay question at the bottom of the page.
Lady in bed, trying to get to sleep


Do you have difficulty falling asleep? Each year, many people find it hard to fall asleep. About 33% of people have trouble falling asleep regularly. People who find it hard to fall asleep have insomnia. There are many reasons for insomnia. Some of these reasons include: stress, caffeine, anxiety, medication, habit, hunger, or too much screen time. Screen time may include time watching television or using the Internet.

1.   Eliminate caffeine.

Caffeine can make it difficult to fall asleep. If you have this problem, drink all your tea or coffee before 2:00 pm. This will give you plenty of time to relax before bedtime.

2.   Eat light.  

Eating a heavy meal may cause heartburn or wakefulness. Have plenty of protein with your dinner, such as chicken breast or fish. Do not eat any more meals after that. If you feel you must have something, have a small piece of chicken or a few nuts.

3.  Surf early.

Avoid using the Internet after dinner. Use the Internet before dinnertime, not after. It takes a person up to three hours to relax after using the Internet. If you must use the Internet for long periods, do so on Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

4.   Turn off the lights.

After dinner, turn off the lights around your house except for your living room. This signals to your brain that bedtimeis near! It will also save you money on your electric bill! Avoid bright lights after dark and go for soft lighting instead.

5.   Bone up.

Calcium has been shown to help you relax. If your doctors says it’s okay, take a calcium tablet an hour before bedtime. 

6.   Make your bedroom off-limits.

Use your bedroom for sleep only. Do all other activities in other rooms. If you cannot do this, then try to stay off your bed until bedtime.


It’s bedtime and you’re lying in bed with no sleep in sight! What to do? Try these tips.

First of all, get out of bed!

Trying hard to fall sleep will make it harder for you to drift off. It will only make you feel stressed!

Try peppermint.

Peppermint tea helps to relax the mind and body.


Do some easy stretches for 10-15 minutes.


Read a relaxing book, such as a classic novel.

Brush your hair.

Brushing your hair relaxes your scalp and may help you fall asleep.


Have a very small turkey sandwich. Use only one slice of bread and one slice of turkey. Do not use strong sauces, such as ketchup or mustard.


Have a glass of warm milk.


1. Is 33% more than half or less than half?

2. How many people in your country find it hard to fall asleep?

3. What is meant by “falling asleep”?

4. What are 3 reasons that people find it difficult to fall asleep?

5. What is meant by “off-limits”?

6. What is one way to save money and fall asleep faster?


You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Many people are addicted to television or the Internet. This has caused many problems for people and in society. What are the benefits and drawbacks of modern technology? Are the benefits worth the problems caused by technology?

Write at least 250 words.

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