Our group has some uncertainty regarding area of effect spells, specifically sleep. If a wizard were to cast sleep centered on herself - regardless of whether she gets included within the spell's hitpoint cap - does the spell affect her?
The uncertainty comes from the word 'can' in this line in the PHB, p. 204:
If you are in the area of effect of a spell you cast, you can target yourself.
It sounds like the caster has a choice as to whether or not to target herself. Under the section on spherical areas of effect on the next page, however, it says:
A sphere's point of origin is included in the sphere's area of effect.
If sleep cast a sphere, that'd be the end of it, but it targets some sort of bastard child of a sphere (p. 276):
Creatures within 20 feet of a point you choose within range are affected
Is there a RAW answer I've missed in my scouring?