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Can a caster cast a sleep spell on themselves?

No, but they can be affected by their own Sleep spell They can't cast it on themselves because the target of the Sleep is "a point you choose within range" and it affects creatures within 20 ...
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Can the spell Catnap affect elves?

RAW - Yes, catnap can affect elves Catnap is a bit deceptively named because, despite the name and the fact that one of its effects mimics a short rest, Catnap does not actually technically put ...
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If an elf is stable with 0 HP, do they regain all hit points after a long rest of 8 hours or 4?

A stabilized elf can finish a long rest in 1d4+4 hours. The rules for “Stabilizing a Creature” state (emphasis mine): A stable creature doesn't make death saving throws, even though it has 0 hit ...
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Is our group using the Sleep spell wrong?

Maybe, possibly, most likely not. It is widely agreed by most people that Sleep is a very strong early game spell, the fall off due to the fact you roll for HP, but there are a few things to keep in ...
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Can an elf be magically put to sleep using a Wish spell?

It's up to the GM A wish like this falls under this section: You might be able to achieve something beyond the scope of the above examples. State your wish to the DM as precisely as possible. The ...
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Fey Ancestry says "Magic can't put you to sleep" and Brass Dragon has the ability to "exhales sleep gas". Does the breath weapon affect elves?

An elf is not immune to the Dragon's Sleep Gas Jeremy Crawford has clarified in a tweet that Fey Ancestry only protects against magical sleep. Nonmagical sleep gas/poison/etc. can knock an elf ...
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What happens if you don't sleep?

It's first worth mentioning that the Sage Advice you cite is now obsolete; errata have been released which contain a correction so that long rest does now require sleep as a general rule: A long rest ...
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Are there any disadvantages I could impose on a player character as a result of having a bad dream (secretly caused by the BBEG)?

Consider using the Dream spell Rather than coming up with a bunch of new mechanics, you could consider using the Dream spell as a basis for what happens to the character. If used to cause nightmares ...
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Requirements for creatures to wake others when put to sleep by magic

The sleep spell says: each creature affected by this spell falls unconscious until the spell ends, the sleeper takes damage, or someone uses an action to shake or slap the sleeper awake. ...
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Are long rest "activities" performed in addition to sleep, or instead of sleep?

New errata confirms that you sleep for at least 6 hours and perform any light activity for no more than 2 hours. Your second interpretation is thus correct. According to the v1.22 Player's Handbook ...
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Can the Suggestion to "sleep" during combat ever be “reasonable” as required by the spell?

Probably not. Suggestion will only cause people to do what they would do if they thought the idea was their own. As you've surmised, simply being told to sleep will not make a character instantly fall ...
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Can a warlock with the Aspect of the Moon eldritch invocation choose to sleep whenever they want?

You can sleep if you want. “Does not need” is not the same thing as “cannot”. This is evident from the feature’s use of both phrases. You cannot be forced to sleep. This clearly means that no external ...
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How does a rogue's Sneak Attack interact with a target under the effect of the spell Sleep?

Attacks made within five feet of the target get sneak attack and critical hit. The spell sleep renders the target unconscious: An unconscious creature is incapacitated, can't move or speak, and is ...
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Can the Suggestion to "sleep" during combat ever be “reasonable” as required by the spell?

Yes Specifically, it is reasonable whenever it's the sort of thing your character would reasonably do in that situation, which it's up to you to decide. More concretely, sleeping in combat might be a ...
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Is there a way to scan someone's memories while they sleep without them knowing?

Use Detect Thoughts guided by an interrogation, followed by Modify Memory You've stated that that neither Detect Thoughts nor Modify Memory does what you need, but what if you used both of them ...
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What happens if I cast the Command spell and command a creature to "Sleep"?

The description of the command spell doesn't list the effects of a "Sleep" command, but it does say: Some typical commands and their effects follow. You might issue a command other than one ...
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Requirements for creatures to wake others when put to sleep by magic

As Sam pointed out the sleep spell has no requirement of intelligence. That being said, neither do thieves tools or cutting a bridge to stop an enemy crossing - that doesn't mean you can't bring ...
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At what level does the Sleep spell stop being effective?

Sleep is only worth it up to CR 1 Here is a table of the expected hp from sleep and for monsters on average using those in the Monster Manual, or using the guidelines given in the DMG for creating ...
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How can my character avoid having to breathe, eat, drink, or sleep?

Most of your constraints are solved with the updated Mystic class With the March 3rd Unearthed Arcana Mystic class, you can, among other features, focus on one psionic discipline to gain a passive ...
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What are the effects of magical sleep for a long rest?

Sleep allows you to rest, the effect of spells depends on the spell In general, you probably could benefit from a long rest if sleeping for 8 hours, for whatever reason. The definition of a Long Rest (...
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How can my character avoid having to breathe, eat, drink, or sleep?

Play a Warforged from the 5e Unearthed Arcana Eberron article. So long as you are not trying to create a character for the Adventurer's League (all UA article material is not legal in the League) you ...
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Can a caster cast a sleep spell on themselves?

It's risky, but it just might work. The sleep spell affects all creatures within an area of your choice. Nothing precludes you from including yourself in that area. If your aim is to neutralize the ...
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Sleep schedule for goblins

Goblins sleep during the day According to the lore section of the Goblin entry in the Monster Manual on page 165: [...] Like rats, goblins shun sunlight and sleep underground during the day. [...]
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Is it easier to wake a character from 'mundane' sleep than from 'magically induced' sleep?

All this is laid out in Xanathar's Guide to Everything on page 77 in the section describing the optional rules for sleeping creatures. Yes, sleeping creatures are unconscious regardless of the nature ...
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Do familiars cast from Find Familiar need to eat and sleep?

Yes Creatures that do not need sustenance have that called out in their stat descriptions. The Undead Nature trait for skeletons, zombies, etc., grants the ability to survive without food. A familiar “...
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Can elves sleep / dream?

According to Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes (p. 38), in the "Dreams from Beyond Memory" sidebar: Yes, elves can sleep, but find dreams to be mysterious and weird so they generally choose not to. Elves ...
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Can an elf warlock with the Aspect of the Moon eldritch invocation still trance?

The elf can choose to use Trance or Aspect of the Moon The language from the Invocation says (emphasis mine) can spend all 8 hours... This suggests that it is a choice to utilize that versus the ...
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Can the Sleep spell take effect later once the Hit Point threshold is crossed?

No The sleep spell says: Creatures within 20 feet of a point you choose within range are affected in ascending order of their current hit points [...] A creature's hit points must be equal to or less ...
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Does the Sleep spell put a warlock with Aspect of the Moon to sleep?

Does Sleep override AotM? No. Nor does poison, magic dust, or anything. There are no means that will force the character to sleep. Slumber (magical or otherwise), napping, dozing off, or checking ...
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Can an elf be magically put to sleep using a Wish spell?

It depends on how you want to manifest the Wish The basic use of this spell is to duplicate any other spell of 8th level or lower. So if you use it in it's basic use, it doesn't matter what spell ...
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