How to Sign “Sleep” in Sign Language

Did you know that during REM sleep, your body is essentially paralyzed to prevent you from acting out your dreams?

Signing “Sleep”

  1. and shape: Start with your dominant hand in a “closed 5” handshape.
  2. Hand location: Bring your hands in front of your face, palm facing your face.
  3. Movement: Closing your hands so that all your fingers touch.
  4. Facial expression: Make sure your facial expression looks like you’re going to bed.

Learn how to sign other verbs!

swim | run | walk | sprint | sleep | jog | climb | read | write | drive | drink | eat | laugh | cry | fly

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