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Sometimes when I want to sleep within my house, I can't because of the "You may not sleep now, there are monsters nearby" warning. Within how many blocks does a hostile mob have to be to my bed to trigger this warning?

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You're gonna need a bigger house. ;) –  gnovice Apr 24 '12 at 15:13
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@gnovice Uh - my house is 5 stories high. –  William Apr 24 '12 at 15:42
    
With my house it says the message and there's no monsters so I dig down and find a cave very close about 10 to 20 blocks away Get off my lawn, I need some shut eye mobs –  Dylan the ultimate Jul 16 '13 at 9:28
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http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Bed#Sleep_interruption

The system is much simpler since the full release — sleep is not allowed within 10 blocks of a hostile mob.

Quoted from the minecraft wiki. Hope this helps.

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10 blocks horizontally and vertically? –  fredley Apr 24 '12 at 15:17
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What about diagonals? –  William Apr 24 '12 at 15:42
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Actually, it is +/- 8 blocks sideways and +/- 5 blocks vertically. That is, a 16x16x10 box centered on the edge of the bed. –  Kcats May 16 '12 at 14:45
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If a hostile mob is in the ten block radius you will not be allowed to sleep. same as in daytime.

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