The Reading / Listening - Sleeping Late - Level 2

A study says that going to bed late may be bad for us. It could shorten our life. The study was done in the UK. Researchers spent six-and-a-half years looking at 430,000 adults between the ages of 38 and 73. The researchers compared the deaths of people who went to bed early to those who went to bed late. Night owls (people who go to bed late) were 10 per cent more likely to die during the period of the study. The researchers said that night owls were at a higher risk of poor health or an early death compared to early birds (people who sleep and wake up early).



The researchers said working hours should change to reduce the risks for night owls. A researcher said: "This is a public health issue that can no longer be ignored." He said night owls should start and finish work later in the day so they could sleep longer in the morning. He said night owls were more likely to suffer from mental problems, diabetes, and breathing problems. They were also more likely to smoke, drink alcohol and take drugs. Researchers also said different sleeping patterns at weekends could increase the chances of health problems for night owls.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Sleeping Late - Level 0 Sleeping Late - Level 1   or  Sleeping Late - Level 3

Sources
  • http://abcnews.go.com/Health/bad-news-night-owls-people-bed-higher-risk/story?id=54430501
  • https://www.cbsnews.com/news/bad-news-for-night-owls-late-risers-may-die-sooner-study-finds/
  • https://www.livescience.com/20880-morning-people-happier.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. going to bed late may
  2. It could shorten our
  3. The study was
  4. 430,000 adults between the
  5. The researchers compared
  6. night
  7. during the period
  8. at a higher risk
  1. of poor health
  2. done in the UK
  3. the deaths
  4. owls
  5. be bad for us
  6. of the study
  7. life
  8. ages of 38 and 73

Paragraph 2

  1. working hours
  2. reduce the risks
  3. This is a public
  4. suffer from mental
  5. more likely
  6. drink alcohol
  7. different sleeping patterns
  8. increase the chances of
  1. to smoke
  2. health issue
  3. at weekends
  4. health problems
  5. should change
  6. problems
  7. and take drugs
  8. for night owls

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A study says that going to bed late (1) ___________________ for us. It could shorten our life. The (2) ___________________ in the UK. Researchers spent six-and-a-half years looking at 430,000 adults between (3) ___________________ 38 and 73. The researchers compared the deaths of people who went to bed early to (4) ___________________ to bed late. Night owls (people who go to bed late) were 10 per cent more likely to die during the period of the study. The researchers said that (5) ___________________ at a higher risk of poor health or an early death compared to early birds (people who (6) ___________________ up early).

The researchers said working hours should (7) ___________________ the risks for night owls. A researcher said: "This is a public health issue that can no (8) ___________________." He said night owls should start and finish work later in the day so they could (9) ___________________ the morning. He said night owls (10) ___________________ to suffer from mental problems, diabetes, and breathing problems. They were also (11) ___________________ smoke, drink alcohol and take drugs. Researchers also said different sleeping (12) ___________________ could increase the chances of health problems for night owls.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Astudysaysthatgoingtobedlatemaybebadforus.Itcouldshortenourlif
e.ThestudywasdoneintheUK.Researchersspentsix-and-a-halfyear
slookingat430,000adultsbetweentheagesof38and73.Theresearche
rscomparedthedeathsofpeoplewhowenttobedearlytothosewhowent
tobedlate.Nightowls(peoplewhogotobedlate)were10percentmorelik
elytodieduringtheperiodofthestudy.Theresearcherssaidthatnightow
lswereatahigherriskofpoorhealthoranearlydeathcomparedtoearlybi
rds(peoplewhosleepandwakeupearly).Theresearcherssaidworkingh
oursshouldchangetoreducetherisksfornightowls.Aresearchersaid:"
Thisisapublichealthissuethatcannolongerbeignored."Hesaidnightow
lsshouldstartandfinishworklaterinthedaysotheycouldsleeplongerint
hemorning.Hesaidnightowlsweremorelikelytosufferfrommentalpro
blems,diabetes,andbreathingproblems.Theywerealsomorelikelytos
moke,drinkalcoholandtakedrugs.Researchersalsosaiddifferentslee
pingpatternsatweekendscouldincreasethechancesofhealthproblem
sfornightowls.

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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(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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