I couldn't sleep a wink last night

Brave Heart

Senior Member
Japan, Japanese
Hi guys.

When I googled the phrase "I couldn't sleep a wink last night", I got a lot of them as song titles, but very few as daily conversation.

Is this phrase a common one or are there more commonly used phrases to express this state in your daily conversation?

Thanks. :)
  • deddish

    Senior Member
    English .ca
    I don't personally hear it, but you do hear it a lot in songs or in the movies. People are more likely just to say "I didn't/couldn't sleep well/much last night."

    Also, for some reason "I didn't sleep a wink last night" seems like it might be more commonly used than "couldn't;" they do have slightly different meanings.


    Senior Member
    English - United States
    I didn't sleep a wink last night...

    I'd say that's kind of an old-fashioned phrase that you don't hear very much in AE anymore.

    We might say:
    I was up all night...

    As AWordLover said, though, we've graduated to more sophisticated words, like "insomnia." :)


    . 1

    Australian Australia
    It's quite common where I live and sleep.
    I couldn't sleep a wink last night means that I was so awake that I couldn't even close one eye even briefly.

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