3 Useful Ways to Say Sleep in Spanish

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Oh, to sleep! It is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves daily. Well, if you are studying Spanish or even just curious about the language, you may wonder how to say sleep in Spanish. Well, in this post, you’ll learn all about how to say sleep in Spanish – as a verb, a noun, and a command. We’ll also share some interesting Spanish expressions that use sleep! Rest assured, we will not put you to sleep!

All the Ways to Say Sleep in Spanish

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To Sleep – Verb

First and foremost, we have the act of sleeping, the verb, “to sleep”. In Spanish, the word is dormir . Its usage and context is identical to the way it’s used in English. Let’s see some examples!


  1. Juana está durmiendo, no la molestes.
  2. No pude dormir en toda la noche.


  1. Juana is sleeping, don’t bother her.
  2. I couldn’t sleep all night.

Similar to English, you need to conjugate the verb, dormir based on the subject. Feel free to reference the table below for conjugations for the two most common cases for beginners, the present tense and the past preterite tense.

Subject PronounPast TensePresent Tense

You (informal)
He/She/You (formal)
You (plural, informal)

Sleep – Noun

We also have “sleep” as a noun, which in Spanish is sueño . It is a masculine word.


  1. Los doctores dicen que debemos tener 8 horas de sueño cada día.
  2. Mi distracción se debe a mi falta de sueño.


  1. Doctors say that we should have 8 hours of sleep each day.
  2. My distraction is due to my lack of sleep.

Sueño also means “dream” in Spanish. Which can be a little confusing if you hear someone saying Tuve un sueño contigo. By the context, you would know that they mean “I had a dream of you” and not “I had a sleep of you”.

Related topic: 7 Exhaustive Ways to say Tired in Spanish

Sleepy – Adverb

The adjective “sleepy” in English could be translated as somnoliento in Spanish, which is a direct and accurate translation.


  1. No conduzcas si estás somnoliento.
  2. Este medicamento me hace sentir somnolienta.


  1. Don’t drive if you’re sleepy.
  2. This medicine makes me feel sleepy.

However, we don’t use somnoliento as often as we use “sleepy” in English. Instead, when we want to say “I’m sleepy”, in Spanish, we actually use the noun sueño again to say tengo sueño. For example:


  1. Trabajé toda la noche y ahora tengo sueño.
  2. Dormí mucho, pero aun así tengo mucho sueño.


  1. I worked all night long and now I’m sleepy.
  2. I slept a lot, but I’m still very sleepy.

How to say go to sleep in Spanish

It is common for parents or other adults to say “Go to sleep” to children when it’s their bedtime. And if we want to do it in Spanish, we will say Ve a dormir .


  1. Ya es tarde, ve a dormir.
  2. ¿Qué haces despierto? ¡Ve a dormir ahora mismo!


  1. It’s late, go to sleep.
  2. What are you doing up? Go to sleep right now!

Ve a dormir is actually a command/order in Spanish, but, as you can see from the above examples, depending on the tone you use to say it, it can be said sweetly or angrily.

Related topic: 14 Conversational Ways to Say Good Night in Spanish

Expressions related to sleep

In Spanish, we also have many expressions we can use related to sleep. Let’s have a look at some of the most popular ones

ExpressionExample Sentence
Irse a dormir
To go to sleep
Ya me voy a dormir. ¡Buenas noches!
I’m going to sleep. Good night!
Ir a la cama
To go to bed
¿Vamos a la cama? Ya estoy cansado.
Should we go to bed? I’m already tired.
Dormir profundo
Sleep deeply
Cuando duermo muy profundo, es imposible despertarme.
When I sleep deeply, it’s impossible to wake me up.
Quitar el sueño
To lose sleep over something
Su decisión no me quita el sueño.
I don’t lose sleep over his decision.
No pegar un ojo
To not sleep a wink
No pegué un ojo en toda la noche.
I didn’t sleep a wink all night.
Consultarlo con la almohada a
To sleep on it
No sé qué decisión tomar, mejor lo consulto con la almohada.
I don’t know what to decide, I better sleep on it.
No dormir nada
To not sleep at all
Los vecinos hacían ruido y no pude dormir nada. The neighbors were making noise and I couldn’t sleep at all.
Dar sueño
Make someone sleepy
Comer me da sueño.
Eating makes me sleepy
Hacer dormir a alguien
Put somebody to sleep
Pude hacer dormir a la bebé.
I could put the baby to sleep.
¡Qué duermas bien!
Sleep tight!
Adiós, ¡qué duermas bien!
Bye, sleep tight!
Soñar despierto
To daydream
¿Qué dijiste? Perdón, estaba soñando despierta.
What did you say? Sorry, I was daydreaming.
Dormir la siesta
To take a nap
Estoy cansada, dormiré una siesta.
I’m tired, I’ll take a nap.
Dormir como una piedra
To sleep like a log
Ayer dormí como una piedra, no te escuché llegar.
Yesterday I slept like a log, I didn’t hear you coming.
Quedarse dormido
To fall asleep
Me quedé dormido mientras el profesor hablaba.
I fell asleep while the professor was talking.
Dormir con un ojo abierto
To sleep with one eye open
Desde que me robaron, duermo con un ojo abierto.
Since I was robbed, I sleep with one eye open.
Caer redondo del sueño
To go out like a light
Ayer estaba tan cansado que caí redondo del sueño.
I was so tired yesterday that I went out like a light.
Dulces sueños
Sweet dreams
¡Dulces sueños! Descansa.
Sweet dreams! Have a good night’s rest.
Dormir como un bebé
To sleep like a baby
Estaba tan cansada que dormí como un bebé.
I was so tired that I slept like a baby.
Dormir con alguien
To sleep with someone
Dormí con ella anoche.
I slept with her last night.
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