ACOTAR Sleeping Headcanons
Rhys - Rhys loves sleep. He was a spoiled little High Lord when he was little and he was always allowed to sleep in and it’s a bad habit he hasn’t been able to get rid of. He’s usually quiet and doesn’t move much but he’ll occasionally mumble in his sleep. He’s a super heavy sleeper. It’s incredibly hard to wake him up - much to Nuala & Cerridwen or Feyre’s annoyance, depending on who has to wake him up - and he always tries to sneak in a few more minutes of sleep. Usually, that also means that he clings to Feyre and tries to keep her in bed as well which sometimes makes her incredibly late for whatever High Lady appointments she has. He prefers to sleep either in a pair of silk pyjama pants because there’s never a need for a shirt (Rhys is a walking furnace and he’s always too hot) or completely nude which is what he usually goes for. The truth is that he doesn’t just love sleep, he also loves just lying around in bed, being lazy, cuddling Feyre or frolicking around in the soft sheets so even after he wakes up it takes him ages to actually get out of bed. Over the years, Feyre’s learned that morning sex is Rhys’ favourite thing and if she hints that he can join her in the shower afterwards, he’ll be out of bed in no time.
Cassian - Cassian snores. As commander, he needs to be able to get as much rest as possible even in a short amount of time so he falls asleep as soon as he lays down and starts snoring in the next 5 minutes. He doesn’t move at all for the whole night, though, and will wake up in the same position he fell asleep in, often with one or more numb limbs if he slept in a particularly uncomfortable position. The one exception to that rule is if he’s sleeping next to someone else - he’s super clingy and will automatically gravitate towards the other person and cuddle them. Nesta can’t get away from him during the night even if she wanted to because he always has an iron grip around her waist, keeping her close. There have also been plenty of instances where Mor walked into the house of wind to find Cass and Rhys taking a nap on the couch and cuddling without even realising but neither of them were embarrassed by it. He often falls asleep fully clothed if he’s had to train the Illyrians all day and he’s tired but he prefers sleeping fully naked (obviously). HE’S THE NAPPING KING! He’s also up at the crack of dawn and goes to train for an hour or two before starting his day. He’s not a ridiculously light sleeper like Feyre but he does wake up pretty easily. He’s half aware of his surroundings even if he’s asleep because he used to sleep outside when he was young and not paying attention to your surroundings or not waking up when you hear a noise can cost you your life. Later, his ability to wake up when he hears noise helped him wake Rhys or Az up when they were having nightmares and stay up all night and talk to them to make them forget their demons. Now, he helps Nesta with the same thing.
Azriel - Az finds it hard to sleep in new places. He usually feels safest when he knows he’s alone in a room with only his shadows to guard him. He sleeps curled in on himself, on his side, his hands on his chest - some part of him possibly trying to keep them protected. He’s most vulnerable when he’s asleep which is something he’s aware of and hates so if he is able to sleep in the same room as someone else it means that he really trusts them. He wakes up a lot during the night, not necessarily from nightmares but he always jolts awake suddenly and has to take in his surroundings and make sure he’s in a safe space before trying to fall asleep again. When he was young, he got used to Cass’ snores and Rhys’ light mumbling and that made him able to sleep better because as long as he could hear them, he knew where he was and that they were all safe. Now he listens to Elain’s soft breathing and that lulls him to sleep. He’s usually not able to go back to sleep after he hears Cass has woken up and just joins him for training but most mornings Cass tries to be quiet and to let the Shadowsinger get a couple more much needed hours of sleep.