Sleep in Portuguese

Ejemplo con la conjugación del Verbo Dormir en Portugués: Ela não dormiu bem ontem à noite.

Hello, friends! How are you? Ready for one more super A Dica do Dia? In today’s Dica we are going to talk about the verb sleep and learn how to say sleep well in Portuguese! We are also going to teach you how to say dream, and sweet dreams in Portuguese too.

How to conjugate Dormir in Portuguese

To begin with, we need to know what dormir means. Dormir in Portuguese is when we are very tired, lay in bed and go to dream land! In other words, dormir is to sleep!

In these tables you’ll find all the conjugations of the verb dormir in Portuguese. Pay attention to the conjugations marked with * because this means that they are irregular. Irregular forms are the ones that have some change in their radical form (the part that usually doesn’t change). And for the others, to help you, we marked in bold the terminations for each tense.


Present Past Simple Imperfect Past
Eu durmo* Eu dormi Eu dormia
Você dorme Você dormiu Você dormia
Ele/ ela dorme Ele/ ela dormiu Ele/ ela dormia
Nós dormimos Nós dormimos Nós dormíamos
Vocês dormem Vocês dormiram Vocês dormiam
Eles/ elas dormem Eles/ elas dormiram Eles/ elas dormiam


Past pluperfect simple Past pluperfect composed
Eu dormira Eu tinha dormido
Você dormira Você tinha dormido
Ele/ ela dormira Ele/ ela tinha dormido
Nós dormíramos Nós tínhamos dormido
Vocês dormiram Vocês tinham dormido
Eles/ elas dormiram Eles/ elas tinham dormido


Simple Future Immediate Future Future of the past
Eu dormirei Eu vou dormir Eu dormiria
Você dormirá Você vai dormir Você dormiria
Ele/ ela dormirá Ele/ ela vai dormir Ele/ ela dormiria
Nós dormiremos Nós vamos dormir Nós dormiríamos
Vocês dormirão Vocês vão dormir Vocês dormiriam
Eles/ elas dormirão Eles/ elas vão dormir Eles/ elas dormiriam



Affirmative Negative
Durma você* Não durma você*
Durma ele/ ela* Não durma ele/ ela*
Durmamos nós* Não durmamos nós*
Durmam vocês* Não durmam vocês*
Durmam eles/ elas* Não durmam eles/ elas*



Present Imperfect Past Future
Que eu durma* Se eu dormisse Quando eu dormir
Que você durma* Se você dormisse Quando você dormir
Que ele/ela durma* Se ele/ela dormisse Quando ele/ela dormir
Que nós durmamos* Se nós dormíssemos Quando nós dormirmos
Que vocês durmam* Se vocês dormissem Quando vocês dormirem
Que eles/elas durmam* Se eles dormissem Quando eles/elas dormirem


Other tenses

Personal infinitive Gerund Participle
Para dormir eu Dormindo Dormido
Para dormir você
Para dormir ele/ela
Para dormirmos nós
Para dormirem vocês
Para dormirem eles/elas

Sleep well in Portuguese

You already know how to conjugate this verb, but how can we say sleep well in Portuguese? We can say “durma bem“.

If you want to ask or invite someone to sleep somewhere we can say “vamos dormir” (let’s sleep) in the plural or “vai dormir” (go to sleep) in the singular.

We can also use a reduced form of the verb in an informal way: mimir. We usually use it when talking with children or in a childish way. Maybe you’ve already heard about the meme “a mimir”. We use it to say that we are going to sleep, to invite someone to sleep or to make funny jokes about sleeping hahahaha. This meme is used in Brazil and also in many Spanish speaking countries. Take a look.

Expressions with sleep in Portuguese

Besides the literal meaning, we can use sleep in Portuguese in some expressions. Let’s see:

  • Dormir com alguém – to have sex with someone
  • Dormir no ponto – to lose and opportunity
  • Dormir como uma pedra – to sleep like a log
  • Dormir com as galinhas – to go to sleep really early
  • Dormir bem / Dormir mal – to sleep well / to have a bad night’s sleep
  • Dormir com os anjinhos –  sleep with the angels (to wish someone sleeps well)

Difference between sono and sonho

Do you know the different between the word sono and sonho? These words are very similar and that’s why it’s very common that students get confused. Sono is the necessity to sleep. Check out the example:

Eu estou com muito sono. Quero dormir!
I’m very sleepy. I need to sleep!

To say dream in Portuguese we say sonho, that is, what we imagine and experience while we are asleep.

Eu tive um sonho incrível! Sonhei que fazia um curso de Português no Rio de Janeiro!
I had an amazing dream! I dreamt that I was taking a Portuguese course in Rio de Janeiro!

And lastly, if you want to say sweet dreams in Portuguese, you can say “bons sonhos”.

How about you? Do you feel sleepy? What’s your craziest dream?

Now, it’s time to practice!

Practice the verb sleep in Portuguese

Match the sentences accordingly:

1. Eu durmo cedo (   ) vai perder a hora do voo.
2. Quando eu era criança (   ) seriamos demitidos.
3. Se você dormir demais (   ) pois tem muito barulho.
4. Ela só dormiu duas horas (   ) se eu pudesse.
5. Se nós dormíssemos no trabalho (   ) porque preciso acordar cedo.
6. Eu não posso dormir (   ) beba um copo de leite quente antes.
7. José dormiu no ponto (   ) e não conseguiu a vaga para o emprego.
8. Eu dormiria mais um pouco (   ) porque vamos a uma festa.
9. Para dormir bem (   ) por isso esta cansada.
10. Nós dormiremos tarde hoje (   ) dormia toda a manhã.

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A huge kiss from Rio de Janeiro.

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