When one waits until some difficulty has passed, we say "wait something out". Is there a word/expression in English for sleeping until your hunger, pain, or negative emotions subside?

  • Does "hibernate" work? Commented Dec 19, 2020 at 18:44
  • @Cascabel - When you have just broken up with your partner, and go to bed feeling like you want to sleep and never wake up, do you "hibernate"? :-D
    – Adam
    Commented Dec 19, 2020 at 18:48
  • Maybe you need to provide more context, along with some research indicating words that you considered and then rejected... Commented Dec 19, 2020 at 18:50
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    I think "sleep off" is sometimes used in this context. "He slept off his worries."
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Dec 19, 2020 at 18:58

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There is

Sleep it off

meaning to

to stop the bad effects of having too much of something by sleeping for as long as it takes to end those effects


For hunger specifically there’s a very modern phrase I’ve heard

Having sleep for dinner

But it’s so new that I can’t really find many references for it other than Urban Dictionary and Reddit/Twitter usage.

  • I want to accept the second answer, sleep off. Would you consider editing your answer? Because the first one is specific to one situation.
    – Adam
    Commented Dec 19, 2020 at 18:59
  • @Adam certainly Commented Dec 19, 2020 at 19:00
  • "Sleep for dinner" - Never heard this phrase in 70+ years in Britain. It sounds like a translation from some other language.
    – Anton
    Commented Dec 19, 2020 at 19:02
  • @Anton it’s exceedingly modern. I’ve only heard it in the past year or two. Commented Dec 19, 2020 at 19:03

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