The Reading / Listening - Catastrophic Sleep - Level 5

Research shows that many people are not sleeping enough. This is having a serious impact on health. A sleep expert from the University of California warned that a "catastrophic sleep-misfortune plague" is putting us in danger of ill health. He said a lack of sleep puts us at risk from many possibly deadly diseases. The professor said we need eight hours sleep a night and if we don't get that, we will have a shorter life. He added that the effect of not sleeping enough negatively impacts every single aspect of our health and every part of our body.



The professor warned that a lack of sleep causes diseases like Alzheimer's, cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. He warned that we do not totally understand the very serious, "catastrophic" consequences of not getting eight hours a night. He explained why we are sleeping less: "First, we electrified the night. Light is a profound degrader of our sleep." He blamed longer working hours and longer commuting times, a desire to be with friends rather than sleep, mobile devices, and alcohol and caffeine. He also blamed anxiety and said: "We're a lonelier, more depressed society."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Catastrophic Sleep - Level 4 or  Catastrophic Sleep - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/sep/24/why-lack-of-sleep-health-worst-enemy-matthew-walker-why-we-sleep
  • http://weekfacts.com/2017/09/lack-catastrophic-sleep-modern-society-kills-us-expert-says/
  • https://www.news-medical.net/news/20170924/Lack-of-sleep-could-be-blamed-for-many-major-diseases-says-sleep-scientist-Matt-Walker.aspx


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. This is having a serious impact
  2. putting us in danger of
  3. a lack of sleep puts us
  4. we need eight hours sleep
  5. we will have a shorter
  6. the effect of not sleeping
  7. every single aspect of
  8. every part
  1. life
  2. our health
  3. on health
  4. of our body
  5. at risk
  6. a night
  7. ill health
  8. enough

Paragraph 2

  1. a lack of sleep causes diseases
  2. heart disease, obesity
  3. very serious catastrophic
  4. not getting eight hours
  5. He explained why we are sleeping
  6. He blamed longer working
  7. a desire to be
  8. We're a lonelier, more depressed
  1. with friends
  2. consequences
  3. society
  4. less
  5. hours
  6. like Alzheimer's
  7. a night
  8. and diabetes

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Research shows that many people are (1) ___________________. This is having a serious (2) ___________________. A sleep expert from the University of California warned that a "catastrophic sleep-misfortune plague" is (3) ___________________ of ill health. He said a lack of sleep puts us at risk from many possibly (4) ___________________. The professor said we need eight hours sleep a night and if we don't get that, we will have (5) ___________________. He added that the effect of not sleeping enough negatively impacts every (6) ___________________ our health and every part of our body.

The professor warned that (7) ___________________ causes diseases like Alzheimer's, cancer, heart disease, (8) ___________________. He warned that we do not totally understand the very serious, "catastrophic" consequences of not (9) ___________________ a night. He explained why we are sleeping less: "First, we electrified the night. Light is a profound degrader of our sleep." He (10) ___________________ hours and longer commuting times, a desire to be with friends rather than sleep, mobile devices, and (11) ___________________. He also blamed anxiety and said: "We're a lonelier, more (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Researchshowsthatmanypeoplearenotsleepingenough.Thisishavin
gaseriousimpactonhealth.AsleepexpertfromtheUniversityofCaliforn
iawarnedthata"catastrophicsleep-misfortuneplague"isputtingusind
angerofillhealth.Hesaidalackofsleepputsusatriskfrommanypossibly
deadlydiseases.Theprofessorsaidweneedeighthourssleepanightand
ifwedon'tgetthat,wewillhaveashorterlife.Headdedthattheeffectofno
tsleepingenoughnegativelyimpactseverysingleaspectofourhealthan
deverypartofourbody.Theprofessorwarnedthatalackofsleepcausesd
iseaseslikeAlzheimer's,cancer,heartdisease,obesityanddiabetes.He
warnedthatwedonottotallyunderstandtheveryserious,"catastrophic
"consequencesofnotgettingeighthoursanight.Heexplainedwhywear
esleepingless:"First,weelectrifiedthenight.Lightisaprofounddegrad
erofoursleep."Heblamedlongerworkinghoursandlongercommutingti
mes,adesiretobewithfriendsratherthansleep,mobiledevices,andalc
oholandcaffeine.Healsoblamedanxietyandsaid:"We'realonelier,mor
edepressedsociety."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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