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    Perhaps you could clarify the phrase you are asking about. "I feel asleep" is ungrammatical English and it's not clear what you mean. Do you mean "I fell asleep" (meaning you were awake and then you were not awake); or do you mean "I feel sleepy" (meaning you are still awake but are tired and want to sleep)? Commented Nov 9, 2021 at 19:25
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    Welcome to Esperanto Language Stack Exchange! Please edit your question to make it more clear. Currently we don't know whether you meant "I feel sleepy" (I'm tired and might fall asleep) or "I fell asleep" (I was awake, but then, not anymore) or something different. ("I feel asleep" probably isn't correct English, so we can't know what it would mean or how to translate it.)
    – das-g
    Commented Nov 10, 2021 at 12:59

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There is a total gamma of fixed (English) verbal expressions that can use ek-

  • I fell asleep = mi ekdormis/endormiĝis

  • I feel sleepy = mi sentas min dormema / mi estas dormema

An other ek- case I could construe:

  • I caught a cold - mi malvarmumiĝis / ekmalvarmumis

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