Miriam
“Zzz: the onomatopoetry of sleep”
I got this line from The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon says it in episode 8 of season 5. It’s one of the 100 topics from A to Z that he prepared as conversation starters.

In Japanese you could say ぐーぐー (guu guu) for loud snoring. And not only that. There’s
ぐうぐう寝る guu guu neru = to snore fast asleep
すやすや寝る suya suya neru = to sleep soundly and peacefully
うとうと寝る uto uto neru = to nod off, to start to fall asleep
すうすう寝る suu suu neru = to sleep with normal, even breathing
昏昏 kon kon = long, deep sleep
These example we were taken from here, where you can also find an abundance of other Japanese onomatopoeic words: <a href="https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/japanese-onomatopoeia/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/japanese-onomatopoeia/</a>;

So, what are onomatopoeic words in your native or target language to express the sound of sleep?
Dec 17, 2019 6:03 PM
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I just learnt that "zzz" is not only an interjection representing the sound of snoring but it can also be used as a verb: <a href="https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/zzz#Verb" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/zzz#Verb</a>;. He zzzs, she is zzzing, we zzzed. "Z's" can mean "sleep" and "to cop some z's" is a synomym for "to sleep".
December 21, 2019
@Som.
Thanks for adding the Hindi sound for snoring.

This Wikipedia site is very interesting because it compares onomatopoetic words from different languages (and not only snoring): <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-linguistic_onomatopoeias" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-linguistic_onomatopoeias</a>;.
December 19, 2019
I found this post about snoring sounds in other languages: <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/snore-different-languages_n_5914178" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.huffpost.com/entry/snore-different-languages_n_5914178</a>;.

Apparently it’s kho kho in Vietnamese, de reu rung in Korean, hurrrrr in Bulgarian, chrrr in Polish and ron pchi in French.
December 18, 2019

Oh! What a Night!

by Mohsin Maqpool

It is fright night 
When people hear you snore.
Oh! What a sight 
On watching people “roar”!

My wife pinches me
When I snore too loud.
“My Pretty Baby,
Does it pull the crowd?”

The first woman I heard 
Snoring was an auntie.
She slept like a bird;
Sounded like a shanty.

Some people’s snoring
Keeps changing pattern.
In no way boring,
They came from Saturn.

Their alternate highs and lows
Like music sound.
They do resemble bellows
With bellies round.

The snorer sleeps soundly
While keeping you awake.
Most wives bear this daily;
Life surely is no cake.
December 17, 2019
@Nikola
That looks like a very accurate representation of the snoring sound.
December 17, 2019
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