When playing PFS, I used Sleep on a group of thugs and disabled them all. When I declared that I was tying up one of them, our GM told us that the thug awoke and was now trying to fight. This left us with no choice other than finishing the thugs, which was rather unpleasant: I don't like to make my characters murderous cretins, and I try to spare any non-mindless enemies that I can and report them to local authorities.
The situation happened rather long ago.
However, just now, rereading the description of Sleep, I remembered this situation and looked at the list of things that can awaken an affected target:
- Wounding: I understand that as dealing HP damage
- Slapping: "Awakening a creature is a standard action (an application of the aid another action)"
It is also explicitly noted that "normal noise" is not enough.
- Is it RAW to rule that tying someone up awakens them?
- Is it reasonable (beneficial for the game) to make such a ruling?
I want to remind everyone that the first question is about rules as written (RAW) and needs to be based on rules alone, no interpretations allowed. The second question is subjective and requires the answerer to state their experience regarding the Sleep spell vs. taking prisoners, or regarding taking prisoners in general.