At Memory Foam Warehouse we love to talk about sleep. On the phone, in the pub, at the hairdressers … we can’t get enough of it. But for many people sleep isn’t a go-to topic.
Which we think is a bit of a shame.
So inspired by Dictionary Day on October 16th we’ve scoured the big wordy book from cover to cover in search of the longest, silliest sleep words to get the nation talking. We’ve even included examples of usage for your convenience. So get ready for some big laughs.
Pronounced: som ¦ nam ¦ boo ¦ liz ¦ um
e.g. Person 1: What did you get up to last night?
Person 2: Not much, I just went for a quick somnambulism
Pronounced: nik ¦ toe ¦ foe ¦ bee ¦ ah
Definition: Extreme fear of the dark
e.g. Hey guys, what animals don’t have nyctophobia? Owls! *Laughter* Hey guys, what animals don’t have nyctophobia? Bats! *Raucous laughter* Repeat using other nocturnal animals
Pronounced: som ¦ nil ¦ oh ¦ kwee
e.g. My mum says I could somniloquy the hind legs off a donkey!
Pronounced: hip ¦ nah ¦ go ¦ ghee ¦ ah
Definition: The half-awake/asleep period before you drop off, characterised by lucid dreams
e.g. My mind was going crazy during hypnagogia last night darling – I thought you were a horse
Pronounced: oh ¦ nee ¦ eye ¦ rol ¦ oh ¦ gee
Definition: The study of dreams
e.g. Person 1: What do you study at university?
Person 2: Oneirology
Person 1: Wow – that sounds dreamy
Pronounced: br ¦ uh ¦ ks ¦ ism
Definition: The clenching or grinding of teeth during sleep
e.g. Husband: Your bruxism really grinds my gears
Wife: No kidding – it really grinds my teeth!
Both: *Intense laughter*
7. Hypnic Jerk
Pronounced: hip ¦ ni ¦ c ¦ j ¦ ur ¦ k
Definition: Involuntary muscle twitch when you’re falling asleep
e.g. My big toe did a crazy hypnic jerk last night
We think this is going to be the best Dictionary Day ever.