13 Weird sleep laws around the world
From donkeys snoozing in bathtubs to a ban on public snoring, we’ve rounded up 13 weird sleep laws from around the world that will not only make you chuckle but could help you avoid prison.
1. South Korea: illegal to deprive K-pop stars of rest and sleep
In 2014, the Korean National Assembly passed a bill to protect child stars from being overworked and deprived of sleep. The law came into effect after hundreds of popular K-pop stars revealed they were made to work long hours, sometimes not sleeping at all as they rehearsed and travelled around the country for performances.
The law further states that young stars will be afforded the right to learn, sleep and rest. The only instance where concessions can be made is if there are long-distance tours or projects.
2. Germany: pillows are considered passive weapons
In Germany, pillows aren’t regarded as innocent cushy companions to adorn your bed and help with a good night’s slumber.
German law dictates that pillows are passive weapons which can potentially injure someone. So if you ever engage in a pillow fight, you stand the real risk of getting jail time.
3. Argentina: sleeping on a feather bed
Do you prefer to doze off on a luxurious bed made of feathers? These beds are quite popular with people who enjoy the softness and snugly feeling of sinking into slumber.
But in Argentina, owning a feather bed is a crime. The country has a law that explains that owning a feater bed causes “indulgence and encourages lascivious feelings.”
4. India: every citizen has the right to peaceful sleep
The bill of rights in India has an act that makes it mandatory for every citizen to get peaceful sleep each night.
In 2012, the Supreme Court of India passed down a law which recognizes sleep as fundamental to human life. The act was enabled after police disrupted a peaceful sleep protest in Ramlila Maidan.
5. Ador, Spain: citizens have the right to nap between 2 and 5 pm
The mayor of Ador in Spain tabled an act to make it regulatory for its residents to nap every afternoon.
The law was passed in 2015 and rules that all businesses and shops shut from 3pm to 5pm. Parents are advised to keep their children indoors; ball games and other sports activities are restricted with noise kept to low levels so all residents can indulge in shut-eye.
However, it’s only Ador embracing the siesta tradition as the rest of Spain spends more time working. About 60% of Spaniards have ditched the siesta tradition, while 18% don’t even nap.
6. France: drivers of light motor vehicles banned from sleeping in their cars
An amendment to the French Mobility Act has made it illegal for drivers to spend the night in their cars. The act comes in the wake of France clamping down on driving conditions, particularly for truck drivers. The long hours spent on the road have led to people sleeping in their cars, to be refreshed to continue working.
7. Croatia: sleeping and snoring in public will garner you a fine
Croatia’s Public Order Act tabled in 2016 states that sleeping on a park bench is worth a 1,000kn fine. If you are found snoring in a public place, your fine can be doubled to 2,000kn.
8. Alaska: illegal to wake a sleeping bear to take a photograph
One of the coldest places on Earth, Alaska boasts a large population of brown, black and polar bears.
It’s no wonder then that the animals are often sought after by tourists for pictures. However, the Alaskan government has protected the sleeping habits of the bears by issuing a law stating it is illegal to wake sleeping bears.
9. Arizona: illegal for donkeys to sleep in bathtubs
Arizona, New York and South Carolina have banned donkeys from sleeping in bathtubs.
In Arizona, the history of the law dates back to 1924 when a merchant would let his donkey sleep in the bathtub. A flood hit the town after a dam burst, and the donkey, who was in the bathtub, was washed down a valley into a basin.
City officials and residents had to spend time and money to get the donkey out and shortly after that, a law was passed banning donkeys from lavishing in bathtubs.
10. North Dakota: illegal to fall asleep with your shoes on
When in North Dakota, you can fall asleep in any public space – but not with your shoes on.
Should you be caught snoozing with them on, you’ll be liable for a fine or jail time as its a criminal offence to be caught wearing shoes while you sleep.
11. South Dakota: illegal to sleep in a cheese factory
South Dakota is home to hundreds of cheese factories, with some of the US’ largest dairy farms situated in the state. If you’re planning on touring one of the cheese factories in South Dakota, then make sure you are wide awake and well-rested.
The state boasts one of the strangest sleep laws in the world as people are not allowed to fall asleep in cheese factories. There’s one way around this ridiculous law – if you can prove you fell asleep standing up, you can avoid prosecution.
12. Minneapolis: illegal to sleep naked
Under the Public Nudity Act, people in Minneapolis may not sleep naked because there is a chance that passersby, family or friends may see them.
The Minnesota Statutes Section 617.23 – Indecent Exposure prohibits engaging in activities that are considered lewd to others. If you’re caught sleeping naked, you could be fined $1,000 or face a jail sentence of up to 3 months.
13. Colorado: illegal to kiss a woman if she is sleeping
Spotting your very own sleeping beauty and attempting to show your affection by planting a wet one could land you in jail in Logan County in Colorado.
This weird sleep law may be tricky to follow up on due to privacy laws, and interestingly, doesn’t apply to men.
Before you book your next getaway, make sure you check the laws around sleep! Hopefully, this list of weird sleep laws has given you insight into how sleep is regarded globally. It’s certainly taken very seriously (and rightly so) in many countries around the world.