Sign Language Dictionary

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Sleep in Sign Language

Learn how to sign sleep in sign language. You can practice it each and every night (and at naptimes!)

1. Bring one hand up in front of your face, palm open and facing you, fingers spread slightly apart.
2. Draw your hand down towards your chin and close your fingers together so they touch. Close your eyes at the same time.
3. This sign looks like you are drifting off to sleep! Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Do you have a sleepy time routine at your house? Talk through the steps with your child, such as “Before we go to sleep, first we (brush teeth), then we (get on jammies), then we read a book. Then it is time for sleep!” Sign sleep each time you say it.
  • Games for young children can help teach routine. Have one child pretend to be the parent and another child be the pretend child (or you, the adult, be the child!). Have the “parent” take the “child” through a sleep routine. Sign sleep and any other signs you know, such as read and brush teeth as you go!

Bring your hand down your sleepy face and close your eyes and fingers. Can you sign sleep?

Download the Flashcard (click on the image. The file contains a few color and black-and-white options. Print according to your needs.)