fall asleep and fall into sleep

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HSS

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Standard Japanese, Sendaian Japanese
Are 'fall into sleep' and 'fall asleep' tantamount? To me the phrase 'fall into sleep' sounds only slightly more technical as it means 'falling into the mode of being asleep.' What do you think?

I felt wonderfully sleepy and had an unfamiliar desire to retire to my bed even though it was the middle of the afternoon.

That night I fell into sleep faster than I can ever remember.

('Yoga and hypnosis made feeling sleepy a dream come true,' says ex-insomniac)
A team of scientists from Japan's ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories and the Nara Institute of Science and Technology used MRI scanners to work out what images people were seeing in their dreams as they fell into sleep.

('Dream reading: Scientists in Japan decode sleeping minds')
 
  • HSS

    Senior Member
    Standard Japanese, Sendaian Japanese
    Perhaps not in everyday usage, but how about in tech articles and such? As I mentioned 'fall into sleep' sounds to my non-native ear like 'fall into the mode (or phase) of sleep,' which in turn sounds rather technical.
     
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