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Sleep in Sign Language – Video & Image Included

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Your health depends heavily on getting a good night’s sleep. In fact, it’s extremely important to both a balanced, nutritious diet and exercise.

Today, we are taking a look to find out how to sign sleep in sign language.

Despite the fact that the term differs between sign languages, we’ll focus on British Sign Language (BSL) today.

So, let’s begin.

Sleep in Sign Language

Watch the full video, which we linked below.

If you find it moves too quickly, don’t worry. Below, we’ll go into more detail about each step.

Before we start, remember that BSL is a two-handed sign language.

There are some signs where we make a gesture with our non-dominant hand while moving with our dominant hand. Never sign with a hand other than your dominant hand. The person you are speaking with will be confused by this.

So, back to our topic, how do you say sleep in sign language?

Follow the steps that we’ll now discuss.

BSL interpreter sitting

1. Start with a normal posture.

BSL tutor with one hand raised

2. Raise your right hand.

BSL tutor signing Sleep in BSL

3. Now, close your right hand and narrate it.

4. Say the word ‘sleep’ as you’re signing it.

There is another way to say the word ‘sleep’ in BSL. Use the same link that we gave earlier to see the video. Let’s discuss the steps now.

BSL tutor standing

1. Start with a normal posture again.

BSL teacher signing sleep in BSL

2. Now raise both of your hands.

3. Open the thumb and index fingers of both of your hands.

BSL tutor signing Sleep in British sign language

4. Now connect both the thumb and index finger of your hands.

5. Say the word as you’re signing it.


So, that’s how we sign to sleep in British Sign Language. One more important piece of advice: Make sure the person you’re interacting with can see your hand gestures and facial expressions.

If people can’t see what you’re doing properly, some signs seem disrespectful. Avoid taking this chance. Keep a beautiful smile on your face as well.

We can connect more successfully when we smile. Never change your dominant hand, as we just explained. If you do that, your words will have no meaning at all.

If you want to remember the sign, you should practise it regularly; otherwise, you risk forgetting it over time.

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