Vampires are known as creatures that haunt the night. Many legends say that they must avoid sunlight, and so use the darkness of night to be most active and hunt for their victims. Traditional stories say that when daylight comes humans are safe, because the vampire hides in a dark, sunlight-starved place to wait for the next nightfall. So, when vampires are hanging out waiting for the night to come, what are they doing?
Vampires sleep during the day?
On one side, you have things such as classic horror movies that have depicted the vampire as sleeping in a coffin during the day-time. They depict the vampire as skulking back to a crypt or lair, climbing into an empty coffin, crossing his arms across his chest, closing his eyes, and going into a deep, deep sleep. Some of these depictions even show that the vampire cannot be awoken during the sleep – humans or other creatures could conceivably go into their lair, pull out their coffin and expose them to the sunlight all without their knowledge because their sleep is so deep, it’s almost like a trance. For this reason, you often see creatures such as werewolves – or even humans – guarding a vampire’s crypt. This stereotype has been promoted in famous vampire books such as Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot.
Vampires never sleep?
On the other side of the debate, there are many modern-day tellings of vampires that say that vampires actually never sleep – either during the daytime or the nighttime. The most famous of these examples is in the Twilight-series of books by Stephanie Meyer. In her books, the vampire Edward says that he never sleeps. His room is therefore filled with books and music to help him pass the time. He in fact, does not even have a bed.
So what do real vampires do? Sleep or not? Most stories and legends seem to indicate that vampires do in fact need sleep. It appears however that after a vampire has lived a long time, their sleep needs become less and less, so that at some period in their lives, you could find a vampire that actually does not need sleep at all.