Learn Chinese words: shī mián (失眠)

Tuesday, January 17, 2023


In today's society, many people will suffer from insomnia due to high work pressure, internal anxiety, etc. Do you have trouble with insomnia? Do you know how to say insomnia in Chinese? Let's study together.

A: You look tired. Didn't you sleep well last night?   

你看起来很疲惫,昨天晚上没有睡好吗?

(nǐ kànqǐlái hěn píbèi, zuótiān wǎnshànɡ méiyǒu shuìhǎo ma?)

 

B: No, I didn't. I had a nightmare last night that was so scary that I woke up drenched in sweat. After I woke up, I lost sleep.   

是的,我昨天晚上做了噩梦,还被吓了一身冷汗,醒来后就失眠了。

(shìde, wǒ zuótiān wǎnshànɡ zuòle èmènɡ, háibèi xiàle yīshēn lěnɡhàn, xǐnɡláihòu jiù shī mián le.)

 

A: Did you watch a horror movie or TV show before going to bed? I've seen experts say that intense moods can also cause nightmares and insomnia.       

你是在入睡前看了恐怖的电影或电视剧吗?我看有专家说心情焦虑也有可能引发噩梦而失眠。

(nǐ shìzài rùshuì qián kànle kǒnɡbù de diànyǐnɡ huò diànshìjù ma?wǒ kàn yǒu zhuānjiā shuō xīnqínɡ jiāolǜ yě yǒu kěnénɡ yǐnfā èmènɡ ér shī mián.)

 

B: Yup. Before I went to sleep last night, I read a horror novel. I guess I've gotten a taste of the horrors of nightmares and insomnia. 

没错,昨晚睡觉前我看了恐怖小说。这次我算是尝到做噩梦和失眠的苦头了。

(méicuò, zuówǎn shuìjiaoqián wǒ kànle kǒnɡbù xiǎoshuō.zhècì wǒ suànshì chánɡdào zuò èmènɡ de kǔtóu le.)

 

A: Speaking of nightmares, did you know that recently scientists have discovered that broadcasting relaxing music to a sleeping person wearing wireless headphones can adjust someone's mood and lower the chances of having a nightmare and insomnia.

说到噩梦,你知道吗?最近有科学家研究发现,在睡眠期间通过无线耳机播放舒缓的音乐可以调控情绪,这会降低做噩梦和失眠的机率。

(shuōdào èmènɡ, nǐ zhīdào ma?zuìjìn yǒu kēxuéjiā yánjiū fāxiàn, zài shuìmián qījiān tōnɡɡuò wúxiàn ěrjī bōfànɡ shūhuǎn de yīnyuè kěyǐ tiàokònɡ qínɡxù, zhèhuì jiànɡdī zuò èmènɡ hé shī mián  de jīlǜ.)

 

B: If that's the case, I'm going to listen to some light music before going to bed to see if that works. 

这么说来,我今晚在睡觉前听些轻音乐试试看有没有用。

(zhème shuōlái, wǒ jīnwǎn zài shuìjiaoqián tīnɡxiē qīnɡ yīnyuè shìshì kàn yǒuméiyǒu yònɡ.)

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