drift off to sleep/dream


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Catholic (Cat-holic, not Catholic)
When we first drift off to sleep, we enter a very light state of unconsciousness.

Is it an idiom "drift off to sleep/dream"?
  • NealMc

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    UK English

    Drift off implies to drift off to sleep so "to sleep" is largely redundant.
    "I was just drifting off when the 'phone rang.... another marketing call, damn them!"

    Neal Mc


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    English, England
    I don't think it's so redundant to say drift off to sleep, at least not so much that it sounds awkward.

    It would be obvious, usually from the context where you were drifting, but it might also be in a boat, or a raft!


    Senior Member
    Catholic (Cat-holic, not Catholic)
    When I gooled for "drift off" most of what I got was "drift off to sleep" so I asked this here.

    Other than "drift off to sleep" and "drift off in a boat" are there other popular uses?

    . 1

    Australian Australia
    To drift off can also mean to lose concentration.
    The student at the back of the class was seen to drift off, gazing aimlessly out the window.
    'To drift off to sleep' sounds fine to me.
    'To drift off to dream' just doesen't make sense.

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