How to make a yoyo sleep

The Sleeper is the most important yoyo trick to learn, because almost every yoyo trick is based on making your yoyo sleep. Watch this video demonstration of throwing a sleeper. You can get yoyos online at if you don’t have a good one.

Do you have tips on how to throw a sleeper with your yoyo? What about how to wake up your yoyo when it is sleeping? Leave your comments so that other beginners can learn to yoyo too.


shridhar June 28, 2007 at 12:44 am

I can do lots of yo-yo tricks, but not the hard ones, because I can get my yo-yo to sleep for only 30 seconds. Can anyone tell me how to sleep my yo-yo longer? I am currently perfecting my barrel rolls. I can do about 1 roll before my yo-yo stops sleeping

grant k September 22, 2007 at 7:33 pm

My yoyo is a butterfly dunken in blue i just got it and leaned alot of tricks but when i try to have it sleep it onley does for about 15 sec.

tugbug October 28, 2007 at 8:18 pm

i got my new yoyo today.ive een trying adn trying to do this sleeper…. i can do the gravity pull.,i can do the power throw. but no mater ow much i try for the sleeper i get he power through, any help?

Christian November 30, 2007 at 3:30 pm

My yoyo won sleep how do i make it sleep. Anddo all yoyos sleep

Yo yo master December 7, 2007 at 12:38 pm

to make ur yo yo slep longer oil the bearing

Ry February 22, 2008 at 8:11 pm

I just got my duncan yoyo and it is red and i could get it t sleep a couple of times but now every time i try sleep it, it just flies up!

Tempura January 9, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Wicked, i’ve always wanted to know how to do that. Thanks so much!

yoyo trickman February 22, 2009 at 12:51 pm

yoyo man. wat up. you got a nice sleep there. you think you’re as good as me??? well Email me back and ill send you a youtube video of me.

yoyo trickman February 22, 2009 at 12:52 pm

oh by the way i have made up 17yoyo tricks so far.

Anonymous March 29, 2009 at 7:18 pm

I am looking at buying a henry coral snake do u know how well they sleep and if u have can u tell me what u think of the yoyo

YOYOMANIA May 13, 2009 at 11:58 am

i can’t make it sleep. is a fx7 black ww a good yoyo for begirs and can they sleep well??

Yo-yo Pro June 15, 2009 at 8:06 am

None of you get how this works, do you? Alright, to make a yo-yo sleep longer, you first need a trans-axle yo-yo. Fixed axles- butterflies, Imperials, etc. will not sleep long at all. As for the sleepers, the more centered your string is, the longer you will get it to sleep, as if the yo-yo is brushing against the sides, the sleeper time will suffer significantly. That is why Barrel Rolls is not working, there is tons of string in the axle, and therefore, the string is brushing against the sides of your yo-yo, and you are not getting enough sleep time. So you either need to- get another axle. Then place the axles side by side in your yo-yo, and there will be a crack where the two axles come together. Then make sure the string is in that crack, and you will get nice, balanced sleepers, and will allow you to do barrel rolls, etc. However, this way will likely make your yo-yo less responsive, which may be a problem because you seem to be only a high beginner. This technique will require you to know how to bind, almost certainly. The second way to solve your problem is to purchase a concave bearing. This is what it would look like sideways: )(. It has grooves where your yo-yo string goes to make it stay in the middle, and will help you, at least. This way will not make your yo-yo less responsive. You simply replace the concave bearing with your old one. Hope I helped you.

logan June 20, 2009 at 3:02 pm

i got a fast 201 from yoyojam and i cantmake it sleep could u help?

lauro January 8, 2010 at 2:36 pm

i think you just pull the string to wake up your yoyo from its sleep

swinerat January 24, 2010 at 9:20 pm

for everyone who cant sleep make sure that when you try to wind up really fast it slips it really helped me caus that was the problem

yo yo crazy March 29, 2010 at 12:45 pm

please plaease help someone

yo yo crazy March 29, 2010 at 12:46 pm

hello is any one there

yo yo crazy March 29, 2010 at 12:47 pm


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yo masta June 2, 2010 at 9:10 pm

i can do any trick u can just bak hand it realy hard

Yoyonub July 19, 2010 at 2:20 am

I can do sleeping for only 5 seconds -_-
plz help me how to sleep my yoyo longer!!!!!!!!!!!!

BeginnerYoyo September 17, 2010 at 8:27 pm

im a beginner and i have a N.E.D. from my bro’s elementry school and i want to know how to make it sleep

CockleYoyoer November 18, 2010 at 8:40 pm

First, obtain a yoyo.
Second, put the slip knot on your middle finger.
Third, put the yoyo in your hand palm up.
Fourth, make sure the string is coming off the top of the yoyo
and not from under it.
Fifth, bend your elbow and flick down quickly without turning your hand.
Sixth, depending on your yoyo’s response you will want to pull it up or
bind the yoyo.
You’ve done the sleeper.
Watch the video if you don’t understand a step.

Eric the yo yo beast December 19, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I have a NED butterfly yo yo and the only way i can do a sleeper is by loosening it by turning it counter- clockwise but it doesnt last to long and somtimes the yo yo comes apart completely and another thing is that when i do a sleeper when i try to bring it back up but it come it just stays down please help

i can't do the sleeper December 22, 2010 at 6:49 pm

can some one tell me how to do the sleeper cuz i mean i works sometimes but most of the time it just comes back up

Shade January 26, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I tried to do the sleeper, it didn’t work, I looked at my string and it got stuck -_-

Anonymous February 13, 2011 at 8:47 am

i dont think butterfly’s or imperials can sleep!

Anonymous March 6, 2011 at 11:03 am

HHHHHHHHHELPP with the sleeper plz

yyo yyo guy March 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm

i have a duncan speed beetle i cant make it work

person April 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm

i hav a duncan pro yoyo but it comes right back up and the string wobbles from side to side

help May 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm

help i cant make my yoyo sleep for more than 4 secs getting mad plz help

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