I can always count on Reader's Digest to teach me things!
Here are some sleep-related words and their meanings that you can throw around during this hibernation season:
Somniloquist, noun: sleep talker
Hypnopompic, adj: prewaking
Torpor, noun: state of sluggishness
Quiescent, adj: at rest
Bruxism, noun: teeth grinding
Soporific, adj: sleep-inducing
Did you know there were words for all these things? Feel free to use them to impress your friends. For example:
"Danny's wife's bruxism often woke him throughout the night, so he found himself in a torpor most days. If that wasn't enough, she was also a somniloquist in her hypnopompic state! Danny loved his wife, but he cherished Sunday afternoons when he could read a boring soporific book and finally be quiescent napping on the couch."
See? You probably wouldn't have understood that story at all 24 hours ago. :)