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How to Make a Yo-Yo Sleep

Now we are getting to the good stuff! Today we are going to talk about how to get your yo-yo to sleep. When it comes to yo-yoing, sleep means for the yo-yo to spin freely at the end of the string. If you have a fixed axle yo-yo then this may take you some time to master, if you have a transaxle/ball-bearing yo-yo then this will be a little easier for you to figure out.

How to Make a Yo-Yo Sleep

This trick builds right off of the Throwdown we discussed in the second half of yesterday’s lesson. This will be one of the most important techniques for you to master. Throwing the yo-yo as straight as possible and hard will give you a perfect, long sleeping yo-yo for you to learn and perform tricks on.

  1. Start out exactly how you would with the Throwdown, only this time when the yo-yo reaches the end of the string do not turn your hand over immediately.
  2. As the yo-yo reaches the end of the string, it will start to sleep, spinning freely in the loop at the end of the string. Allow it to do so for at least three seconds.
  3. Turn your hand over and lightly tug the yo-yo string to get the yo-yo to return to your hand.


Some people have trouble doing this trick at first. It has a certain feel to it that you must learn to get the yo-yo to sleep. Try throwing the yo-yo lightly at first to get it to sleep. Then, as you become more comfortable with how it feels to get the yo-yo to stay at the end of the string, begin to throw it harder. Just remember to turn your hand over if it starts to come up fast. Bruised knuckles are not fun!

Take your time with this one, it’s worth learning, and getting it right will enable you to perform a lot of awesome tricks!

Catch you later!

Mike Montgomery

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