by Eric Larsen
Summer is coming (sorry, Starks)! For many, that means waking up with the sun, going on runs, and of course wearing your sun-sleeves/ huge visors/ driving gloves. BUT, for others, the summer heat causes unspeakable laziness: sleeping in is the name of the game!
Unlucky for you— since that isn’t possible in Japan! That’s right, sleeping in isn’t possible in Japan; there isn’t a Japanese word for it. I chalk it up to culture. So, let me teach you the closest thing there is in Japanese, along with some other sleep-related words:
二度寝 (nido ne): going back to sleep after waking up (basically “hitting the snooze”). This works with sandone, or even yon too!
寝坊する (nebou suru): to over sleep (by accident only!).
寝起き (neoki): the feeling you have when you wake up (getting out on the wrong/right side of the bed). You can say “neoki ga ii,” or “neoki ga warui.”
睡魔に襲われる (suima ni osowareru): to be attacked by the sleep demon. AKA, to become sleepy/drowsy. (great for use in the middle of class/work)
寝酒 (nezake): a night cap, or a drink before bed (to help you sleep!).
Woof! Sorry for the word-overload! But luckily, now you can go out and strike up awesome conversations about sleep with your teachers, friends, and of course strangers! Tata for now!
Bonus: 寝癖 (neguse): bed-head! (aka your hair after waking up)
Wanna share your nihongo knowledge? Send us your favorite slang, dialectal phrases and study habits to firstname.lastname@example.org