Origin of English word SLEEP

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The artificial Indo-European “root” of SLEEP, sleeb (to be weak, sleep) is correct to link SLEEPINESS to weakness.

שפלות SHiPH LOO(S)  is letting down of the hands, idleness, “sinking” (EDK) – Ecclesastes 10:8. SHIFTLESS (incapable) does not mean lacking a shift. Wearily falling ASLEEP, literal dropping down with the שפל Shin-Pey-Lamed root at SPILL.

We SLUMP (nasalized) into SLUMBER (see SLUMBER)

 For psychological lowliness, see SIMPLE.


With the connotations of slumping down and inactivity of  שפלות SHiPHLOO(S) in Ecclesiastes10:18), this SPL term may have influenced SYPHILIS, SLEEP and LAPSE (reverse Shin-Pey-Lamed).

Most people want to stay awake, but only SLUMP (nasalized with an extra M) into SLEEP when feeling lowly, SLEEPY and weary.  שפל   SHePHeL  is a low state – Psalms 136:23.   For SLEEP one needs an M132 of  שפל Shin-Phey-Lamed, but Czech SLEEPY is ospaly.  The Edenic fricative-bilabial-liquid sequence is not changed in Slavic.  Sleep is spyloo in Russian. Polish ospale means drowsily and sluggishly, while oslabiene (M132, S-B) means weakness, debilty. The metathesized SLEEP word in English, and shlauf in Yiddish, are initially from German Schlaf (sleep)  See SLUMBER.

SOPOR (from Latin) and SOPORIFIC are traced by the AHD to the Indo-European “root” of INSOMNIA,  swep- 1   (to sleep).  Someone was too drowsy to notice that SOPOR was the same fricative-liquid-bilabial (in different sequence) as SLEEP, and the nasalized SLUMP.  Hittite (extinct IE) suppar is to sleep.

  שפל  SHaPHeL (low, brought low)  is also behing German schlapp (exhausted, defeated, broken down, faint). .

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