Is it Rude To Wake Up Someone Who Is Sleeping?

It happens all the time; someone is off in la-la land sawing logs and then… blam! They are suddenly awakened by someone.

How rude is it to wake someone who is sleeping? Read on below and explore the answer!

Is it Rude to Wake Up Someone Who Is Sleeping?

Waking someone who is sleeping, for little to no good reason, is one of the rudest things you can do. Human beings genuinely need very little aside from food, water, and sleep. When you mess with those basics, it really gets under people’s skin.

How Rude Is it?


To wake up someone who is sleeping, without cause, rates 10 out of 10 on the rude meter

That said, in the case of an emergency (such as a medical issue with their spouse or child), or for another crucial/important reason (like a long-awaited business call), it is the opposite (it would rate 10 out of 10 stars on the rude meter to not wake said person up).

Why is it Rude?

Disturbing someone during their sleeping time is rude, rude, rude. In fact, many people consider being woken up as an act of pure and unforgivable evil. 

People need their rest, and unless there is a very good reason for it, there aren’t many acts you could do to them that would be ruder than waking them up while they are sleeping.

When is it Not Rude?

If something terrible is happening, like someone’s house is burning down, or their child has just been rushed into the hospital after a horrible automobile accident, it is not rude to wake someone up who is sleeping. 

In these cases, it is rude if you don’t wake the sleeper up and inform them about what’s happened/is happening as quickly as humanly possible.

Other Options to Do Instead

If you don’t really need to wake someone who is sleeping, you should never do it. Instead, you can:

  • Write them a text message
  • Send them an email
  • Jot down a note to yourself about what you want to tell them when they wake up
  • Leave them a voicemail
  • Talk to someone else instead

Common Questions

Why is it so rude to wake someone up who is sleeping?

Human beings need their beauty sleep, or at least their basic rest. It is during our sleep that our body recovers from the previous day. It is also during sleep that we sometimes experience strange or wonderful dreams. Being waken in the middle of resting, let alone dreaming, is very unsettling… and rude.

When is it ok to wake someone up who is sleeping?

It is only ok to wake up someone who is sleeping if there is a very good reason for it. For example, if the person is late for work, or something bad is going to happen. Further, if something terrible has happened while they are sleeping, it is also best to go ahead and wake them up and let them know.

Why are people rude when they wake up?

People are often rude when they wake up because all of their base levels are reset while sleeping. In other words, when many people wake up, they need a cup of coffee, cigarette, sugar, or some sort(s) of daily medication before they become “themselves” again.