One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Count imaginary sheep jumping over a fence one by one in an attempt to put oneself to sleep.
- ‘She crawled into her bed, prepared to count sheep, but sleep claimed her the minute her head made contact with the pillow.’
- ‘So, needing some beauty sleep, and thinking whilst counting sheep, I went to bed, and a magical mantra came to me in a dream (which is where my snazziest artsy notions usually pop up).’
- ‘I had a hard time sleeping last night, and even had to resort to counting sheep.’
- ‘And they forgot a few simple facts while counting sheep.’
- ‘When insomnia chases sleep away, counting sheep or tossing and turning all night seem to be the only alternatives.’
- ‘‘Normal people count sheep when they sleep and dream,’ Julia said.’
- ‘Oh, poor you… try counting sheep jumping over gates or something, that usually works for you.’
- ‘Sometimes when I went to bed I would mull over the day, and instead of counting sheep, I would count the drinks I'd had.’
- ‘I started counting sheep, which didn't send me to sleep but reminded me of what I wanted to write to you about.’
- ‘I've tried every single technique - counting sheep, reciting the periodic table, counting down from 100… none of it works.’
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