If you are trying to avoid a roommate or parent, faking sleep can give you a way out of interacting with someone. Fooling someone into believing you are asleep can keep them from bothering you or allow you to listen and even watch their actions without them knowing. You can also fake that you slept the night before to be able to function after a late night out.
Method 1 of 2:Pretending to be Asleep
1Pick a natural sleeping position. Lie in the most natural sleeping position you can. Don't hold anything, put your legs on the bed, and don't pick your head up. If you normally sleep on your stomach, do so when fake sleeping. People you know won't find it suspicious.
2Lie in bed motionless. When you are naturally sleeping you will move very little. To give the impression that you are truly asleep it is best not to move. Unless someone is watching you sleep for an extended time period, you won't be expected to move.
3Close your eyes gently. Avoid tightly pinching your eyelids together. To give the best impression of sleep, your muscles, including your eyelids, should be relaxed.
Look down as you close your eyes to keep your eyelids from fluttering.
Your eyes aren't always fully closed when sleeping. Let your eyelids droop and close gently; you may still be able to see out of the slit of your eyelids.
4Breathe rhythmically. Take slow, even, deep breaths. You should relax your breathing and try to keep it as even as possible. Count in your head as you breathe in, and then try to breath out for the same amount of time. Repeat this for each breath you take.EXPERT TIP
Marc Kayem, MDSleep SpecialistDr. Marc Kayem is a board certified Otolaryngologist and Facial Plastic Surgeon based in Beverly Hills, California. He practices and specializes in cosmetic services and sleep-related disorders. He received his Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Ottawa, is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada.Marc Kayem, MDSleep Specialist
Did You Know? Sleeping causes most of the body's processes to slow down just a bit as the body rests, so breathing becomes much slower and regular. If you're trying to fake being asleep, maintain a steady rhythm of breaths in and out and make them very big.
5React to noises or touch. If you hear a loud noise or are touched, take a short, sudden breath and twitch your body slightly. Even during sleep, our bodies are aware of what is happening around them. Sell your fake sleeping by incorporating what appear to be unconscious reactions to sounds and movements in the room.
After you have reacted to the disturbance, let your body relax and your breathing return to a slow even state.
Be sure not to smile or open your eyes, or you will give away that you are actually awake.
Method 2 of 2:Faking You Got a Full Night's Sleep
1Take a cold shower. Jump in the shower for a quick rinse in cold water. The cool water will increase your heart rate and speed up your metabolism as your body tries to warm itself. You do not have to take a long shower, just a minute will do.
2Dress up and complete your morning routine. Getting out of your pajamas and into nice clothes for the day is the first step to appearing awake. Complete your morning routine such as washing your face and putting on makeup to keep up appearances.
Apply a face cream that contains caffeine to reduce puffiness under the eyes.
Go through the actions as if you had a full night's rest to keep your routine from being sabotaged by a lack sleep.
3Eat an energizing breakfast. Eat foods that contain complex carbohydrates and protein such as oatmeal and eggs for prolonged energy. Avoid sugary foods that will lead to an energy crash soon after eating.
4Drink coffee. A quick solution to dragging energy levels is caffeine consumption. If you don't normally drink coffee, a half a cup can perk you right up. If you need coffee to function after a full night's rest, consider having two cups if you didn't sleep well.
5Keep moving. Stay active during the day to stay alert. If you sit down to rest, your body will feel tired because you missed out on sleep the night before. Keep your body in motion to stave off the sleepiness.
6Snack throughout the day. Keep your energy level from sagging by eating nutritious snacks throughout the day. Avoid high sugar foods and large meals so that you don't experience a sugar crash or feel sleepy from a large meal.