Can you sleep during lockdown? – News Review 2022

June 3, 2022



Do you have issues sleeping?

It seems some people – in the UK at least – are finding it hard to sleep during lockdown. Researchers at Kings College London spoke to 2,000 people and found out that more than half the people they spoke to weren’t sleeping properly. 2 in 5 were having strange dreams. Neil and Catherine look at the vocabulary in the news around this story.

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The story

It seems people – in the UK at least – are finding it hard to sleep during lockdown. Researchers at Kings College London spoke to 2,000 people and found out that more than half the people they spoke to weren’t sleeping properly. 2 in 5 were having strange dreams.

Vocabulary

disrupted
prevented from continuing

• School closures have disrupted children’s lives.
• Train strikes disrupted our journey home.

uneasy
worrying; anxious

• Using public transport during the pandemic makes me feel uneasy.
• It’s an uneasy experience watching a child learn to ride a bike.
insomnia
medical condition in which sleeping is difficult

• Too much screen time can cause insomnia.
• Long-term insomnia can lead to serious illness.

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  1. Reply
    BBC Learning English June 3, 2022 at 9:58 am

    Here are some ideas of what to do when you can't sleep: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZd53TJpmoQ&t=110s

  2. Uneasy
    Uneasy to watch serial
    Insomia
    My frnd have insomia
    Disrupted
    While doing work get disrupted

  3. New sir your smile very nice

  4. Watching this video at 1 a.m

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    Phương Nguyễn June 3, 2022 at 9:58 am

    thanks for yours video. It helps me much in listening English. I love BBC Learning English.

  6. Please tell us whether the noun is countable or uncountable and if it's both countable and uncountable , give us the contextual examples.

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    منتظر محسن يعقوب يوسف الياسري June 3, 2022 at 9:58 am

    thank you very much

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    abdurezak mohammed June 3, 2022 at 9:58 am

    the covid pandemic disrupted me from graduating with regular schedule, made me insomniac and i am uneasy in my future job opportunity.

  9. The pandemic has a disruptive influence on life.

  10. I like Katharina teacher 's pronunciation 🥰👍

  11. Th lockdown has disrupted my physical movement which made feel uneasy, I am glad the restracions has eased now, because I was getting insomniac.

  12. Thank you guys!!

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  14. Reply
    Luciana Santiago Santiago June 3, 2022 at 9:58 am

    Nill is happy working from home.

  15. Sensacional….assisto sempre

  16. Reply
    Learn English with Benu Sehrawat June 3, 2022 at 9:58 am

    You both are simply amazing! One doesn't feel bored watching you.

  17. I love this channel. I can listen to the newest news, and expand my English knowledge at the same time. 🙂

  18. I am learn English in your channel very easily and very happily.
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  20. Reply
    Bhaveshkumar Barot June 3, 2022 at 9:58 am

    Despite prevailing Covid-19 global pandemic crisis you are still keeping with your daily English language learning lesson recorded as at home is truly appreciable. Both Katherine and Neel deserve deep appreciation for their efforts…
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  21. Reply
    Bayron Castillo CH ! June 3, 2022 at 9:58 am

    i slept all the night becasuse i prayed at night

  22. Reply
    احمد غالب June 3, 2022 at 9:58 am

    This the best programme

  23. What a interesting research about consequences of lockdown!!! Thanks BBC learning to inform us. Actually, I will become an insomniac follower because of watching and listening to Kate and Neil past midnight. Congrats!!!

  24. You're great 💖

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    Vladimir Korniienko June 3, 2022 at 9:58 am

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    النجاح للرياضيات June 3, 2022 at 9:58 am

    Thanks a lot for your efforts , we learn a lot with you , i enjoy my self learning and listening to you

  27. Im a C1 english level which is advanced but i usually go back to this chanel. It helps me a lot because the way they set up a heating conversation with detailed explanation about connotation, word stress/usage and syllables. I enjoy the broadcasters very much for their expressive talks. Im so thankful to BBC channel helping me with daily life english. You cant imagine i slowly improved every single day through their videos. I used to download their app with tons of records included transcripts. This is forever my first and favorite program!

  28. Both of them are so beautiful, both of you are AMAZING… I love both of you.. your English is so clear. You have perfect accent. Katherine your calm smile is so warm.. much respect!! ❤

  29. Thanks

  30. Insomniac Sandile ? This word Insomnia is known but what means the word sandile if you please ?

  31. I hope you all well
    From Vietnam

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