Growing up, I pulled some pranks on my friends and family. Of course, it was always at the most opportune times—when they were catching zzzz’s! I was also the subject of some pretty hilarious comebacks, too. But, the most ingenious prank is one my husband played on his younger brother, Mike. Apparently, Mike would come home from school, run into his room and jump chest first onto his mattress every day. So, my husband and his older brother decided to make Mike’s bed with the box spring on top and the mattress under it. They then made the bed so Mike wouldn’t know he was about to make a jump that would knock the wind out of him. I guess the prank played out perfectly when Mike came home from school that day. You have to admit…that’s a pretty clever prank. Sometimes you just can’t see it coming.
Some of the stunts we pulled on each other came up in conversation during a recent family get-together, which got me thinking about the best sleep pranks of all time. As a community that loves all things sleep, I thought you’d enjoy hearing about my sleep prank research and the resulting top three pranks in human history!
Let it be known: I, Sarah Panus, and the wonderful people of Sleep Number never advocate that you would pull such jokes on your friends or loved ones and risk disturbing their sleep. But, I can’t say with a straight face that I haven’t pulled these myself To the list!
Shaving cream to the face
A classic prank that never goes out of style–because it never fails. Just make sure there’s a place to run for cover when they wake up!
Warm water trick
If you ever attended a slumber party or sleepover growing up, you probably know about this one firsthand. Rumor has it that if you put the sleeper’s hand in warm water they will end up with a wet bed. J
Alarm clock scavenger hunt
This is one I’ve never actually seen, but I’ve heard plenty about. The stunt goes like this: Pranksters set up alarm clocks to go off in ten-minute intervals, up to as many clocks as they can track down. They hide the clocks in different parts of the room and wait for the action to begin.
Finally, during my research, I also came across this hilarious–and adorable–montage from America’s Funniest Home Videos. Laughter guaranteed:
I know I’m missing other sleep pranks. What are your favorites? I can just imagine the stories…please share them with us all!