Describe a time you were sleepy but had to stay awake | Recent IELTS Speaking Topic

Describe a time you were sleepy but had to stay awake.

When it happened?
Why you were sleepy?
Why you had to stay awake?
And how you stayed awake?

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I often go to bed after midnight and a sleepless night is not a rare experience for me. Remaining awake to prepare for an approaching exam is the most common reason I spent many sleepless nights. However, for this cue card topic, I would like to talk about a night I spent at a hospital and could not sleep even for a minute.

It was 2016, probably mid-July, and all of a sudden my grandfather got severely ill. The doctor who came to our house to check my grandfather advised us to take him to the city hospital. We called for an ambulance and took my grandpa to the hospital. My parents, two cousins, my eldest uncle and my youngest aunt were in the hospital that night. They were all very worried and my aunt was sobbing ceaselessly. We were all concerned about the well-being of my grandpa. The doctor told us that it was wise of us to bring the patient to the hospital without any delay as it could have been disastrous otherwise. He also informed us that a panel of doctors who were observing my grandpa's medical history had decided to operate him that night. He also assured us that it was a minor operation and we had nothing to worry about as the best doctor in the town happened to be there that night. In spite of the doctor's assurance, we were very anxious.

At around 11.00 pm the doctor operated my grandpa and he was unconscious. I stayed at the hospital until the next noon and could not sleep at all.

Frankly speaking, I did not want to sleep at all and the experience did not bother me. A hospital is not a place where a patient's relatives and family members can sleep. I prayed to the Almighty to help my grandpa get well soon. At around 4.30 in the morning, a nurse came to us and gave us the good news; my grandpa was conscious at that time and he wanted to see us. That was a great relief and we thanked the nurse who gave us this news.

It was a sleepless night but I did not feel dizzy or sleepy at all. My brain must have been busy thinking about the sickness and wellbeing of my grandfather and the expresso coffee also released some of my tiredness. I slept the next day at around 3.30 pm and my grandfather was out of the danger then. Interestingly I slept almost 14 consecutive hours the next day as I can recall. 

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