If you’re working or schooling from home, chances are you’re using Zoom for video conferencing. And if you’re using Zoom, chances are you’ve had at least one bad experience with trying to sleep or nodding off during a meeting.
There are a few things you can do to make sure you don’t miss anything important while you catch some sleep.
How to sleep on zoom
First, make sure you position yourself in front of the camera so that your face is visible. This way, you’ll be able to see the other participants and they’ll be able to see you.
Pro tip: If you’re using a laptop, prop it up on a few books so that the camera is at eye level. If you’re using a desktop computer, consider getting a webcam with a stand so that you can position it at the perfect height.
Second, after showing that you are there for your class or meeting, turn off your camera and make sure your microphone is muted, and close your eyes and relax. This way, you won’t accidentally snore or say something embarrassing while you’re asleep.
With these tips in mind, you should be able to sleep through any Zoom meeting without missing a beat.
However, below are some videos and more tips:
Pretend your internet has cut out
To claim you have internet issues, all you have to do is put your device on airplane mode or turn your Wi-Fi off.
Before doing this it might be a good idea to mention your ‘internet troubles’ so you can also speak quickly.
All the other people on the call will see if you speak quickly then a frozen screen, and then a disconnected notification.
Now, you have all the time in the world to sleep. This doesn’t work for everyone, but it is the safest option.
Use the chat function without video
This is only going to work if you’re in a big meeting with lots of people, and if the host allows it.
You can use the chat function to type what you want to say, and the host can read it out for you.
Just be warned that people might start to get suspicious if you’re typing away in the chat but not saying anything out loud.
Pretend you have to step away for a moment
If you need to take a break, just say that you need to step away for a moment and turn your camera off.
It’s best to do this when there are lots of people in the meeting so that no one notices you’re gone.
When you come back, just turn your camera back on and act like nothing happened.
Use an image
This trick takes a bit of skill and won’t work for long and it will just show a still image. Check out the videos below for the option.
If it’s a larger class wearing glasses with an image of your eyes open, it might work because your image will only be small on the teacher’s computer.
Does Zoom go to sleep?
If you are in a meeting and you close the computer/turn the computer into sleep mode for a while, you will leave the meeting automatically. Once you left the meeting, the meeting status changed. This is the expected behavior.
Will my computer go to sleep while in a Zoom meeting?
You can now leave your desk comfortably during an ongoing meeting. Once there’s no activity, and the computer goes to sleep or starts the screensaver, Zoom will automatically disable the mic and camera.