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How to Tell if Someone Is Asleep
It often doesn't matter whether someone is asleep or faking; stay quiet around her for politeness' sake, and she'll wake up or stand up when she's ready. However, there are a few tricks you can use to tell if your kid is secretly avoiding bedtime, and several more that are appropriate in a potential emergency situation, when someone becomes non-responsive.
Using Gentle Methods
Watch his eyelids.A sleeping person's eyelids are gently closed, not tightly scrunched together. During REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, his eyes visibly move underneath the eyelid in rapid, short movements. REM sleep typically doesn't occur until 90 minutes after the person falls asleep, and then only in 10 to 60 minute stages.So while anyone with rapidly moving eyes is almost certainly asleep, calm eyes won't necessarily tell you anything.
Observe her breathing.Sleeping people have a more regular, slightly slower breathing rate than an awake person. There are exceptions, such as dreaming people and sufferers of sleep apnea, who breathe in more irregular patterns.A faking person will almost always try to imitate a slow, regular pattern, but as this takes concentration, the pattern will often change within a couple minutes.
Flick the sleeper's upper cheek.Gently flick your index or middle finger off your thumb and onto the sleeper's upper cheek. Repeat two or three times. If you notice the sleeper's eye twitch in response, he is awake.Like many of these tests, the obnoxious sensation may cause fakers to admit the deception on their own.
- Snapping fingers in front of the eye or brushing eyelashes with fingers can cause similar reactions.
Check for signs of unusual habits.Most people have bedtime rituals, at least including turning off the light, dressing for bed, and getting into bed. Unless someone was exhausted or often takes naps, it's unlikely she's fallen asleep fully clothed in a brightly lit living room.
- If you were around before that person "fell asleep," try to remember if she brushed her teeth, ate a bedtime snack, or completed whichever other rituals she normally does.
Testing Someone's Status in a Potential Emergency
Start with noise and gentle shaking.If you encounter someone apparently asleep on the floor or in an uncomfortable position, or suspect a health-threatening injury, medical condition, or drug abuse, do not hesitate to disturb her slumber. Speak loudly and gently shake her by the shoulders. If she does not respond, call for medical assistance or spend no more than a minute trying one of the tests below first.
- If the person reacts but is not behaving normally, ask her to wiggle her fingers and open her eyes. If she cannot do this, she needs medical attention.
Drop his hand on his face.Gently lift one of the sleeper's hands and hold it a couple inches (a few centimeters) above his face, then let go. If awake, the person will usually flinch or move his elbow so the hand does not land on his face. A dedicated faker can remain still for this as well.
- If this does not work but you're still suspicious, try again with the hand six inches (15 cm) above his face. This time, put your own hand a couple inches (a few centimeters) above the sleeper's face, so you can catch his hand if it falls straight down.
Know when to let someone be.When someone is already in an ambulance or a hospital bed, and their general status is already known, it is not always necessary to "call them out" on a fake. Have a professional check for signs of danger; if none are present, let the person continue to fake sleep until doctors require her to be awake.
- In non-urgent hospital situations such as the arrival of a meal or the need for a non-urgent test, try using verbal cues such as "Bob, you've never stuck a tube down someone's throat before, right? Want to try it on this patient?"
Use the sternal rub only when necessary.This technique can be painful or severely obnoxious, and even many EMT professionals prefer to try the methods above first to maintain good will with the patient. If nothing else works and you are concerned for the sleeper's health, place the knuckles of your hand in the center of the person's chest, along her sternum. Rub up and down until she reacts, or for 30 seconds.
- Try it on yourself first to discover how much pressure is needed; it doesn't take much to cause discomfort.
- Because this can take 30 seconds, it is not advisable in a serious emergency situation.
Use quick, painful methods instead in an emergency.When an EMT (emergency medical technician) needs to know the status of a patient immediately, the EMT may use one of the following methods. These cause significant pain and discomfort, and should never be used unless there is immediate need for information, even if the patient is "clearly" faking.
- Trapezius pinch: Grasp the muscle at the base of the neck with your thumb and forefinger. Twist as you watch and listen for a response.
- Supraorbital pressure: Locate the bony ridge above an eye, and press against the middle of it with your thumb tip while watching and listening. Always press upward toward the forehead, never down toward the eye.
QuestionHow can I tell the difference between someone sleeping and someone just resting with their eyes closed without waking them?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAsk if they're awake without saying their name. Your name being called is a trigger to wake.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I know if someone is in a deep sleep?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFollow the instructions listed in the article above.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if they are really good at fake sleeping?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerOpen their eyelids gently. If their eyes are moving slowly or they aren't reacting, they are asleep.Thanks!
- If you are checking in on your child, try turning off the light and removing any electronic entertainment or TV remote across the room or to a different room. Check in ten minutes later to see if the child has turned on the light or retrieved the electronics.
- In a potential emergency situation, wake up everyone, no matter what.
- If you have not tried the physical techniques before, begin gently. If you leave marks on the person, you were too rough or went on too long.
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