IELTS Reading: Summary Exercise

This IELTS reading practice lesson focuses on completing a summary. It is a common question type in IELTS reading. First, read the passage below and then fill in the summary.

The Importance of Sleep

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.
The way you feel while you’re awake depends in part on what happens while you’re sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. In children and teens, sleep also helps support growth and development.
The damage from sleep deficiency can occur in an instant (such as a car crash), or it can harm you over time. For example, ongoing sleep deficiency can raise your risk for some chronic health problems. It also can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.

Questions 1-4
Complete the summary below.
Choose no more than two words from the passage for each answer.

Why sleep is important

Physical and mental health is at risk without enough 1. ……………………….. sleep. Furthermore, for adolescents, sleep promotes 2. ………………………….. and 3. ……………………….. Lack of sleep can be the cause of 4. ………………. health problems which can also have an impact on important aspects of our lives.

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Passage taken and adapted from here.

Recommended Lessons

IELTS Reading Practice: Multiple Choice
IELTS Reading Practice: Sentence Completion
IELTS Reading Practice: Matching Paragraph Information

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  1. 2/2 in 2 minutes 🙂
    Thanks a lot Liz, your effort is really great!

  2. Thank you for this exercise.

  3. 4/4.

  4. This is so easy 4/4 whithin 8 minutes

  5. 3/4. question b was wrong.

  6. you are amaizing

  7. I would have like to find your blog a long time ago. I’m taking IELTS on November 21st and your site has helped me a lot in this short time that I have been practicing. Thanks for the material and everything.
    Hope you are having a good time.
    Fernando from Ecuador! 😀

  8. Lena Plank says:

    Hi, can I also say “cause of SOME chronic health problems”? Would that be wrong in the exam?

  9. 4/ 4 in two mint

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