It's Bedtime! Say 'Goodnight' in Spanish and 40+ Sleepy Phrases (2024)

It's Bedtime! Say 'Goodnight' in Spanish and 40+ Sleepy Phrases (1)

November 5, 2022 by Luis F. Dominguez Spanish Vocabulary 0 comments

It’s been a good day of work, leisure, or both, and it’s time to go to bed. Now you need to say goodnight to your Spanish-speaking friends. How about wishing them ‘sweet dreams’?

As with every other part of life, there is a specific Spanish vocabulary for this part of the day, or more precisely, the night. In today’s post, how to say goodnight in Spanish, why it’s important, goodnight alternatives in Spanish, and other sleep-related phrases.

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It's Bedtime! Say 'Goodnight' in Spanish and 40+ Sleepy Phrases (2)

How to Say ‘Goodnight’ in Spanish

Buenas noches is how you say goodnight in Spanish. However, it’s also how you say “good evening.” This is because in Spanish you have buenos días, buenas tardes, and buenas noches, while in English you have good morning, good afternoon, good evening, and goodnight.

Evenings, as such, don’t exist in Spanish. You can say that they are a mix between tardes and noches, and depending on the hour of the day or position of the sun, you use one or the other. By rule of thumb, if the sun has set it’s already noche.

The Importance of Saying Goodnight in Spanish

Saying goodnight in Spanish is both a greeting and a farewell, and is also one of HSA’s 100 essential Spanish phrases for conversational fluency. So, we can agree that it’s a big deal. One of those few words and phrases in Spanish that are basic but important. You can be sure that if you ever move or travel around a Spanish-speaking country, you’ll be saying it every day.

If you go out at night and meet your friends for dinner, you greet them with a general buenas noches. When you leave them after dinner, you also say buenas noches to all of them. When you get home and go to bed, you say buenas noches to your mom, too. As you can see, saying goodnight in Spanish is one of those phrases you simply can’t do without.

It's Bedtime! Say 'Goodnight' in Spanish and 40+ Sleepy Phrases (4)

Alternatives to Saying Goodnight in Spanish

The importance of saying goodnight in Spanish notwithstanding, many other ways exist in Spanish to express the same idea when it’s late at night or you are ready to go to sleep. Some are more social, others are more private or reserved for people with whom you have a close relationship, but all of them are good alternatives to saying goodnight in Spanish.

1. Hasta mañana

This one is arguably the most widely used nightly farewell besides goodnight in Spanish. You can say it by night before going to sleep, or even by day if you know that you’ll see that person the next day. Hasta mañana literally means “until tomorrow,” but it’s usually translated as “see you tomorrow,” which is actually our next sleepy phrase.

2. Nos vemos mañana

It literally means “see you tomorrow.” However, in contrast with hasta mañana, you don’t say nos vemos mañana when you’re going to bed. Reserve it as a farewell for people you know you’ll see the next day, like your classmates or colleagues.

3. Que pases buenas noches

A bit more formal than a simple goodnight in Spanish, que pases buenas noches translates as “have a good night.” You may hear this phrase from a hotel receptionist in an even more formal version using the usted form, as in que pase buena noche while giving you the keys to your room.

4. Que descanses

Meaning “have a nice rest” or “get some rest,” this is a reply to someone who is going to bed and just said goodnight in Spanish to you.

5. Que duermas bien

Meaning “sleep well,” it’s the same case as que descanses, a reply to someone going to bed.

6. Dulces sueños

It means “sweet dreams.” You say this to someone close, usually a member of your family who’s going to bed.

7. Felices sueños

Similar to the previous one, this phrase only changes its meaning slightly to “happy dreams.”

8. Que sueñes con los angelitos

“Dream with the little angels,” is one of my favorites and the one I say to my daughters every night. It’s an even sweeter version of sweet dreams.

9. Me voy a la cama

“I’m going to bed.” It’s a bit impersonal and definitely not sweet but still widely used.

10. Me voy a dormir

“I’m going to sleep.”

11. Me voy a acostar

Literally translates as “I’m going to lie down,” but it simply means “I’m going to bed.” In Spanish, we use the verb acostarse which means “to lie down” indistinctly from dormir or “sleep.”

12. Me voy a descansar

Meaning “I’m going to rest,” it’s less common than the previous two phrases but still used.

13. Linda noche

Meaning “nice night,” it’s a cute way of saying goodnight to your significant other.

Sleepy Phrases

Now, let’s take a look at phrases that have nothing to do with saying goodnight in Spanish, but that are still said at night and in relation to sleeping.

Tengo sueño. – I’m sleepy.

¿Pasaste una buena noche? – Did you have a good night?

Me voy a poner el pijama. – I’m going to put on pajamas.

Hasta mañana si Dios quiere. – See you tomorrow, God willing.

Es hora de ir a dormir. – It’s bedtime. (Literally: “It’s time to go to sleep.”)

Es hora de ir a la cama. – It’s bedtime. (Literally: “It’s time to go to bed.”)

Voy a echar una pestañita. – I’m going to sleep. (This phrase is most commonly associated with taking a nap, but can also be used for a good night of sleep.)

Vámos a la cama. – Let’s go to bed.

¿Tienes una cobija? – Do you have a blanket?

No puedo dormir. – I can’t sleep.

Tengo insomnio. – I have insomnia.

Prueba a contar ovejas. – Try counting sheep.

Se le cierran los ojos del cansancio. – His/her eyes are closing from fatigue.

Me estoy cayendo de sueño. – I’m super tired. (Literally: “I’m falling from sleepiness.”)

Sueña conmigo. – Dream of me.

Ronca como un lirón. – He/she snores like a sloth.

Cayó como un tronco. – He/she slept like a log.

Me muero de sueño. – I’m super tired. (Literally: “I’m dying of sleepiness.”)

Un baño y a la cama. – A bath and to bed.

Mañana será otro día. – Tomorrow is another day.

¡A la cama! – Go to bed!

Necesito un descanso. – I need to take a break.

Necesito descansar. – I need to get some rest.

Tus ronquidos me despertaron. – Your snoring woke me up.

Nos vemos por la mañana. – See you in the morning.

Tuve un sueño lúcido. – I had a lucid dream.

Tuve una pesadilla. – I had a nightmare.

Tenías una pesadilla, por eso te desperté. – You were having a bad dream, that’s why I woke you up.

¿Me despiertas temprano por la mañana? – Can you wake me up early in the morning?

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It's Bedtime! Say 'Goodnight' in Spanish and 40+ Sleepy Phrases (2024)


How do you say goodnight in Spanish phrases? ›

How to say good night in Spanish
Good night, my friendBuenas noches, amigo
Have a good night (formal)Que tenga muy buenas noches
Bye, good nightAdiós, buenas noches
Thank you, good nightGracias, buenas noches
4 more rows
Oct 13, 2022

Have a goodnight in Spanish slang? ›

To wish someone “have a good night” in Spanish, you say Que tengas buenas noches.

What phrase means good evening or good night Spanish? ›

Buenas noches can mean both “good evening” and “good night” in Spanish. The Spanish language doesn't have a dedicated word for “evening” so it uses “noche” to express both “evening” and “night”.

What is the Spanish slang for sleep? ›

Mimi. Derived from the spanish word, dormir, it is Mexican slang for Sleep, similar to nighty-night, nite-nite, or sleepy-time. "It's late, so let's go mimi.".

What are different phrases for good night? ›

The following are some cute ways to say good night to your loved ones:
  • Goodnight, the love of my life!
  • Goodnight and sweet dreams.
  • It's time to ride the rainbow to dreamland.
  • Night night.
  • I can't wait to wake up next to you!
  • Sleep tonight.
  • I'll dream of you tonight and see you tomorrow, my true love.
May 11, 2023

How do you say goodnight in Spanish in a cute way? ›

Keeping the romance or endearment alive, you could vary it up with other Spanish adjectives or descriptions:
  1. Buenas noches bonita/o. (Goodnight (my) pretty.)
  2. Buenas noches bella. (Goodnight (my) lovely.)
  3. Buenas noches. Dulces sueños, niña/o. (Goodnight. Sweet dreams, (girl/boy) child.)
Aug 29, 2022

How do you say night in a cute way? ›

Sweet and Short Goodnight Texts
  1. Sleep well, my darling.
  2. Good night, sleep tight.
  3. Tonight was lovely. You are lovely. Sleep well.
  4. I love you. Good night.
  5. Good night, my princess.
  6. Sweet dreams, my love!
  7. I hope that your rest is awesome and deep.
  8. Good night, babe.
Feb 2, 2023

How do you say goodnight politely? ›

Formal Ways to Say Good Night
  1. Have a better one.
  2. Stay well!
  3. Have a pleasant night!
  4. Have a good sleep.
  5. Sleep well.
  6. Always and forever.
  7. I'll be right here in the morning!
  8. Time to dream.
Feb 24, 2023

How do you say goodnight in one word? ›

The short answer is that both forms are acceptable spellings. You can use either goodnight or good night when you're saying farewell to someone at the end of the evening. However, good night, with two separate words‌, is considered the more correct way to spell this word in formal writing.

How do you say sweet dreams in Mexico? ›

Dulces sueños

It means “sweet dreams.” You say this to someone close, usually a member of your family who's going to bed.

Is saying goodnight flirting? ›

Because goodnight texts indicate that you're thinking about someone right before you go to bed, they may be construed as flirty.

What is Mexican slang for sleepy? ›

You can say 'I'm sleepy' in different ways: Tengo sueño. Estoy soñoliento. Estoy adormecido.

How do Mexicans say sleep? ›

There are two main words for sleep in Spanish: Sueño is the noun for “sleep” in Spanish. Dormir is the verb “to sleep” in Spanish.

What is Spanish slang for tired? ›

If you'd like to say “I am tired” in Spanish, you'd say “Estoy cansado.” This refers to someone being physically tired. If you're trying to say “I am fed up,” you'd use “Estoy harto.” To talk about different people being tired, you'd simply conjugate the verb “estar.” Let's take a look: Estoy cansado. / I am tired.

How do you say goodnight seductively? ›

Sexy Good Night Texts
  1. I plan on having very dirty dreams about you tonight 😏
  2. Wanna guess what I'm wearing to bed tonight? ( Spoiler: nothing)
  3. I want you. ...
  4. If we were together, I'm sure we wouldn't be getting any sleep tonight!
  5. My sheets still smell of you.
  6. Just thought you'd want to see what I'm wearing to bed.. [
Apr 17, 2023

How do you respond to Buenas noches? ›

(Ok, I will go to sleep too.) A: ¡Buenas noches! (Good night!) So, you can answer with 'que descanses' to let the other people know that you wish them a good night of rest.

What are different ways to say goodbye in Spanish? ›

How to say "goodbye"
  1. Adiós. Goodbye.
  2. Chau. Bye! ( casual)
  3. Nos vemos. See you (casual)
  4. Hasta mañana. See you tomorrow.
  5. Hasta luego. See you later.

What is a romantic text to have a good night? ›

“Every night I go to bed so happy knowing you're mine.” “I wish I could fall asleep in your arms tonight, and every night. “I hate saying goodnight to you.” “I love that you're my last thought before I go to bed.”

What is the cute short form of good night? ›

GN is widely used to mean "Good Night." It is a way of expressing good wishes at the end of a conversation, just before going to bed.

How do you say goodnight like a gentleman? ›

Ways to Say Goodnight
  1. Nighty Night.
  2. Sweet dreams!
  3. Sleep well.
  4. Have a good sleep.
  5. Dream about me!
  6. Go to bed, you sleepy head!
  7. Sleep tight!
  8. Time to ride the rainbow to dreamland!
Apr 29, 2023

How do you say I love you in a cute way? ›

Cute ways to say I love you in English
  1. I love you so matcha.
  2. You're the LOL to my OMG.
  3. You're the peanut butter to my jelly.
  4. You're the peanut to my butter.
  5. You're the crayons to my coloring book.
  6. You're the guacamole to my taco.
  7. You guac my world.
  8. We fit together like puzzle pieces.
Mar 20, 2022

How do you say have a goodnight sleep? ›

Many involve wishing the other person a night of peaceful sleep and pleasant dreams:
  1. Good night.
  2. Sleep well.
  3. Have a good night's sleep.
  4. Make sure you get a good night's sleep.
  5. I hope you sleep well.
  6. See you in the morning.
  7. Sweet dreams.
  8. Sleep tight!
Jul 5, 2019

Can goodnight be two words? ›

Is “goodnight” one word or two? The greeting said to someone at the end of the day is usually written “goodnight,” though “good night” is also sometimes used. “Good night” can also be a phrase composed of an adjective and noun to describe a particular night, in which case it should always be two words.

How do couples say goodnight? ›

Some simple examples include “Good night my love,” “sleep tight,” “love you, good night,” or “sweet dreams.” A romantic example could be “I'll be dreaming about you tonight.” You can also be flirty and tell your partner that you wish they were in bed with you or talk about how good it feels to lie next to them.

What is the most Mexican thing to say? ›

Most Common Mexican Slang Words:
  • ¡Aguas!: Watch out!
  • Sale: Alright.
  • Chido: Awesome.
  • Padre: Cool.
  • Ándale: Come on.
  • Avísame: Let me know!
  • Órale: All right.
  • Porfis: Please.

How do you say my love in Mexico? ›

To call someone “my love” in Spanish, you can say mi amor.

What is a Mexican term of endearment? ›

Mijo, mija, mijito, and mijita are perhaps the most Mexican terms of endearment of them all. They're a fusion of the words mi hijo (my son) or mi hija (my daughter), while mijito and mijita are just the diminutives of the same words (my little son, my little daughter).

What does good night 😘 mean? ›

A yellow face winking with puckered lips blowing a kiss, depicted as a small, red heart. May represent a kiss goodbye or good night and convey feelings of love and affection more generally.

What does it mean when a guy says goodnight 😘? ›

😘 (Face Blowing a Kiss) Emoji

A 😘 emoji could be his way of saying, “I like you.” This flirtatious emoji is the perfect addition to any text, whether he's complimenting you or saying goodnight. If you get a 😘 emoji, chances are he's got more than just a little crush.

Is texting goodnight intimate? ›

Hot take alert: Goodnight texts are waaay more significant than morning texts. They're basically a subtle way to tell someone you're thinking about them during one of the most intimate, private moments of the day: right before you fall asleep.

Can you greet someone with good night? ›

Good night is NOT used as a greeting. Good night is only used when you leave a place, when you say goodbye to someone, or when someone goes to bed.

When should I say goodnight? ›

You would wish someone good night when you are going to bed or about to sleep. This can be as early as eight in the evening. In fact, when a person is about to go to sleep he will wish his friend good night because night is associated with time to sleep.

What does Pucha mean in Mexico? ›

1. ( Latin America) (euphemistic) = puta. 2. ¡(la) pucha! (con sorpresa) well I'm damned!; (con irritación) drat!

What is the Spanish verb for sleepy? ›

Dormir is the Spanish verb for "to sleep".

How do you say tired in Mexico in Spanish? ›

Cansado(a) – Tired

¡Qué cansada que estoy!

What is street slang for tired? ›

bushed. An American slang term roughly equivalent to knackered is bushed, “exhausted; tired out.” According to Green's Dictionary of Slang, bushed is a reference to being tired “as if one had been wandering, lost, through the woods.” In other English dialects, bushed has different meanings.

How do you say bye bye goodnight in Spanish? ›

Adios, buenas noches.

Is saying night night flirting? ›

It's slang for goodnight. That's all it means. It's one of the sweetest ways a girl expresses her love, in a lovey cutsie way. It's saying Goodnight in a softer manner that sends warmth and love, like a gentle kiss as you drift off to sleep.

How do you put goodnight in a sentence? ›

How to use good night in a sentence. But consolation came at bedtime; Margaret received her with open arms when she went to wish her goodnight. "I thought I'd come in and say goodnight," he began, with a laugh. Bidding goodnight to the few friends who remained to see them off, they headed homeward.

Do guys like goodnight texts? ›

Further, a lot of guys like getting goodnight texts, but may not ask for them outright. It can be important not to overthink what kind of text to send a guy and when to send it. As you get to know the guy more, you can likely discover which kinds of texts he appreciates most.

How do you say goodbye in Spanish to a woman? ›

Adiós: The Top Choice for Saying Goodbye in Spanish

If you want to know the most standard way of saying goodbye in Spanish, adiós is your go-to term. Let's hear how to pronounce it: Adiós. -Adiós.

What are the most common greetings and goodbyes in Spanish? ›

Here are the most common greetings in Spanish:
  • Hola – Hello. Buenas – Hi (informal) ...
  • ¡Buenos días! – Good morning! ...
  • Adiós – Goodbye. Chao – Goodbye. ...
  • ¿Qué tal? – How are you? ...
  • Estoy estupendo – I am great. Estoy muy bien – I am very well. ...
  • ¿ Cuál es tu nombre? – ...
  • Gracias – Thank you. ...
  • ¿

What is a Mexican goodbye? ›

Adiós. / “Goodbye.”

What is a peaceful way of saying goodbye? ›

See you later!/See you!/Later!

The shorter you make this expression, the more informal it is. It was nice to see you again/It was nice to see you/Nice to see you – Again a phrase that can be shortened down. This one is typically used by people who know each other, but don't see each other that often.

What are 3 ways to say goodbye? ›

13 Ways To Say “Goodbye”
  • Until next time. This option is mostly used in casual situations, but can also work in formal settings. ...
  • Talk to you later. ...
  • See you soon. ...
  • Take care. ...
  • Farewell. ...
  • So long. ...
  • Don't be a stranger. ...
  • Take it easy.


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