Free Sleep Informative Speech

Human beings spend, on average, a third of their lives sleeping, but how much does the average person know about sleep? As a crucial part of our health and wellness that’s relevant to every person, sleep makes for an excellent topic for an informative speech. 


On this page, you will find a free downloadable example of an informative speech on sleep, as well as a professionally written example outline. You’ll get:

  • Examples of attention-grabbing openers, potential talking points, and helpful tips for ending lines.
  • Inspirational YouTube videos to help you practice your delivery.
  • A bibliography of resources.
sleep informative speech

Speech Example

Want to see an example of a well-written informative speech on the subject of sleep to inspire your work? We’ve provided a professionally-written example speech as a free download. 

Number of Pages: 4
Number of Words:1000-1300
Type of Speech: Informative
Duration: 10 minutes
Style: Casual / Informal
Download: Informative Speech about Sleep

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Outline Example

In this section, you’ll find a ready-to-use outline for an informative speech about sleep, including helpful examples for your introduction, body, and conclusion. There’s a lot of research on sleep for you to potentially share with your audience, but remember: an informative speech should have a focus. Make sure you narrow down your speech to a subset of the topic. Here are some ways you can approach the subject. 

Speech Characteristics


Topic 1# The negative consequences of sleep deprivation. 

Topic 2# How modern life has made good sleep hygiene more difficult. 

Specific Purpose:

Topic 1# To inform the audience about how sleep deprivation affects our physiology. 

Topic 2# To inform the audience about good sleep hygiene practices and the barriers to effective sleep hygiene.

Central idea: 

Topic 1# Sleep deprivation has consequences for every aspect of your health.

Topic 2# Many of the benefits and conveniences of modern life are also preventing people from getting a good night’s sleep. 

Speech Outline

  1. Introduction
    1. Attention grabber – The attention-getter is a crucial element of any speech, meant to immediately engage your audience. To make sure your audience is gripped from the outset, try sharing some interesting facts:
      • Are you constantly hungry no matter what you do? Let me ask you—how much sleep do you get? Not seeing the connection? A lack of sleep boosts the production of the hormone ghrelin, promoting appetite, and decreases the production of the hormone responsible for signaling when you’re full, leptin.
      • There are all kinds of health risks associated with not getting enough sleep, from heart health problems such as increased blood pressure and potential heart attacks, to a greater risk of type 2 diabetes. Plus, a lack of sleep has been strongly linked to both anxiety and depression.
      • Did you know that scientists still aren’t entirely sure why we sleep? While sleep is definitely essential to our body’s healing and regulation, many of the exact mechanisms of sleep are still shrouded in mystery.
    2. Significance – Explain to the audience why the information you’re presenting is significant. For example, you can say things like:
      • In our busy modern world, it’s easy to prioritize anything but sleep, but the truth is sleep affects every aspect of your life, and a lack of sleep impairs every aspect of it. The things you learn today might make you think twice about staying up “one more hour” to work on something you’ll be able to do three times faster after a good night’s sleep.
      • Do you know how much sleep you’re getting a night? Do you know how to tell the difference between good sleep and bad sleep? You can’t make informed decisions about your sleep if you don’t have all the information.
      • For a state that we spend one-third of our lives in, many of us don’t know enough about sleep.
    3. Credibility – The audience needs to trust that what you are saying is true. Establishing credibility is essential, so make sure to mention ways in which you are qualified to speak on the topic. You might even want to discuss your research methods. Considerations when establishing credibility in a speech about sleep might include:
      • Do you have a personal story related to the topic of sleep?
      • Do you have any education, qualifications, or professional expertise on the topic of sleep?
      • Are you part of volunteer groups that promote sleep health?
      • Are you a writer or researcher delving into the topic of healthy sleep habits?
      • Have you collected and read multiple research studies on sleep?
    4. Thesis – Your thesis statement establishes the topic of your informative speech and what aspect of the topic you’ll be focusing on. If you’re having difficulty figuring out what a good scope for your speech might be, here are a few informative speech topics that can help you formulate your thesis and plan your research:
      • Insufficient sleep can impact our lives significantly, with negative effects on every aspect of our existence.
      • While modern life has many benefits and conveniences, it also makes it significantly more difficult to practice the sleep hygiene habits required for a good night’s sleep.
    5. Preview – The preview is a roadmap of the main points you’ll be making in your informative speech. Each of these points should directly relate back to your main thesis. For example, you could say things like:
      • Insufficient sleep can cause serious harm to your physical, mental, and even cognitive health.
      • Light and noise pollution in city centers, the constant presence of modern technology and entertainment, and the stresses of our contemporary capitalist society are all major factors that can prevent good sleep hygiene.
  2. Body

    The body of your informative speech on sleep takes the main points you laid out in the preview and explains them further, supporting each point with two or more pieces of factual information. You could cover as many points as you like, but remember that your time is limited! Make sure you leave time to fully explain each point.

    1. Insufficient sleep can severely affect your cognitive functioning during the day. (Provide a point in support of your thesis).
      1. Poor sleep impairs your problem-solving skills. (Provide evidence that supports your point).
      2. Sleep-deprived people not only struggle with learning new information, they also have a hard time recalling information they already know. (Provide evidence that supports your point).
      3. Sleep loss also affects emotional regulation, making you moodier and less stable.
    2. Living in cities can make eliminating light and noise from your sleep environment almost impossible, meaning city-dwellers have a much harder time getting sufficient, good-quality sleep. (Provide a point in support of your thesis).
      1. Exposure to artificial light at night, even at the lowest levels, has been shown to shift the natural circadian rhythm. This can make it quite difficult to get to sleep at a reasonable hour when you cannot fully prevent light pollution. (Provide evidence that supports your point).
      2. Studies have shown that nighttime noise can fragment sleep, leading to increased time spent in shallower stages of sleep and decreased lengths of REM sleep. (Provide evidence that supports your point).
  3. Conclusion

    It’s time to wrap up your speech while restating your points and central thesis. Your thesis should have three parts. The conclusion should contain three parts:

    1. Summary – Briefly remind the listeners of the arguments you’ve made and why they should agree with your position.
      • Sleep deprivation can have terrible consequences for every part of your life, affecting your physical, mental, and cognitive functioning.
      • The conditions of modern life have made it difficult to practice proper sleep hygiene, with uncontrollable light and noise pollution, ever-present technology, and lifestyle choices driven by societal stresses all playing a factor in poor sleep.
    2. Unique ending/ Audience challenge – End your speech with a powerful closing thought or recommend a course of action.
      • The next time you’re considering staying up for “ten more minutes,” consider how much you can do with that ten minutes when you have a good night’s sleep vs. when you don’t.
      • When you get home tonight, take a good look at how you’ve set up your room. Are your curtains mostly for show? Does your room face a busy street? Is there a TV in the bedroom? Is there a desk that you fall asleep at when you’re up working late? Ask yourself—how often do you get enough sleep?
    3. Thank the audience for listening.
      • Thank you for your attention today and I wish you all pleasant dreams.

Youtube Examples

Once you’ve finished your speech, it’s time to practice your delivery! After all, you want to make sure your audience is paying attention, which means giving an entertaining, compelling performance. Below, we’ve compiled some video examples of informative speeches about sleep to help inspire you. 

A great informative speech about the importance of speech sleep including an engaging animation.

An animated TEDed video discussing the positive effects of sleep on our body. 

A well-executed speech on sleep with interesting examples and statistics to consider.

Works Cited

10 Top Benefits of Getting More Sleep

The Benefits of Getting a Full Night’s Sleep | SCL Health

Alcohol and Sleep

Environmental noise and sleep disturbances: A threat to health?

Systematic review of light exposure impact on human circadian rhythm 

Cite this article as: Jim Peterson, "Free Sleep Informative Speech," in My Speech Class, April 11, 2022,