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
    Commented Apr 24, 2012 at 15:13
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    @gnovice Uh - my house is 5 stories high.
    – William
    Commented Apr 24, 2012 at 15:42
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    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 Commented Jul 16, 2013 at 9:28

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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
    Commented Apr 24, 2012 at 15:17
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    What about diagonals?
    – William
    Commented Apr 24, 2012 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
    Commented May 16, 2012 at 14:45

If a hostile mob is in the ten block radius you will not be allowed to sleep.


You can build a 4x3 platform 13 blocks above the ground(for safety) and put a bed on it. I've tried it and I was able to sleep without any prompts.

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