According to various Vaishnava web sites and various texts, during Ekadashi, one cannot sleep in the night, one cannot sleep during the wee morning hours, and one cannot sleep during the day or else one breaks the fast and there is no merit. So when can we sleep? Are we even allowed to sleep on Ekadashi?

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    Sure, it can happen with anyone. FYI sleeping is not made for daytime. It's always about night.
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Mar 27, 2018 at 5:01
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    Most devotees, who are fasting on that day, sleep during nite time.. but some most staunch devotees may keep vigil at nite.. @Viper91
    – Rickross
    Mar 27, 2018 at 5:41
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    Viper91 12:00 am around time is called ArdhaRatri (mid night) . In Hindu Scriptures a day starts with Sunrise and ends with Sun rise of next day. So night means from around 8 pm to 4-5 am , if sun rises at 6 am.
    – user12826
    Mar 27, 2018 at 11:04
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    Viper91 AM does not mean "morning" . Even in a normal life, we do not say 1 am as morning, it is still a night. Morning is the time round sun rise, like from 5 am to 8 am . AM means ante meridiem meaning before noon time. Noon time is usually arpund 12 Pm , therefore from 12 am to 11:59 am is called AM as it is before noon (12 PM) and time from 12 pm to 11:59 pm is called PM as it is after noon time (I.e. after 12 pm time) . AM does not mean morning. Morning means time around sun rise, I.e. around 5 am to 8 am
    – user12826
    Mar 27, 2018 at 11:10
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    No they do not mean that.. "Ratri jagaran" means keeping vigil the whole nite like devotees do during Shiva Ratri nite.. But for the Ekadashi fasts, afaik, not doing so does not ruin the fast.. one can sleep at nite. @Viper91
    – Rickross
    Mar 27, 2018 at 13:11

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According to Skanda Purana Part six -Book Two - Vaishnav Kanda -Section five - Margashirsha Mahatmya -Chapter 13.Importance of Jagrana during Ekadashi Vrata, One should not sleep during both during day or night in Ekadashi Vrata.

Skanda Purana gives the possible explanation of this as follows.

जागरं ये च कुर्वंति कर्मणा मनसा गिरा ।।
न तेषां पुनरावृत्तिर्मम लोकात्कथंचन ।। 43 ।।

43 Those who observed Jagrana mentally , verbally and physically do not return from my world.

That means the devotees who keep this Vrata and do not sleep during day or night , do not get rebirth on this earth. As already mentioned in that chapter those who perform this vrata get merged with lord as mentioned by he himself.

The purana says because life is transitory ,man get's rebirth on this earth. As day and nights are also transitory .But those who stay awake during both day and night do escape this transition.

प्राप्ताप्येकादशी येषां कलौ जागरणं विना ।।
ते विनष्टा न संदेहो यस्माज्जीवितमध्रुवम् ।। 9 ।।

9 Those who observe ekadashi vrata without Jagrana in kali age without Jagrana are ruined , there is no doubt about it ,because life is Transitory.

Conclusion - Those who is observing the Ekadashi Vrata are not allowed to sleep during entire day or night at all ,because that will ruin the fruits of observing this Vrata of getting salvation , and one will again be reborn , if he failed to do so.

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    Wow Very Brilliant answer. @Viper91 kindly tick it as it will be useful for other users and readers also.
    – user12826
    Mar 29, 2018 at 11:51
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    Yes , that is what it is. Because if one has to escape the cycle of birth and death ,one must stay awake and pray to Vishnu borh in day and night during that day. Mar 31, 2018 at 5:57
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    That is the least difficult task assigned ,with none of the side effects. And the outcome is extraordinary. Mar 31, 2018 at 8:57
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    Have u ever performed this vrata urself? @SwiftPushkar
    – Rickross
    Mar 31, 2018 at 11:07
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    @Viper91 - It's really good that you are following Dharma. Nice to know that. Apr 2, 2018 at 16:44

Don't be tempted to drink water. Stay on the path of the mala between your fingers. Thinking about food removes your vrat and your pyunya if you're doing it for someone else. Keep wrapped in a blanket. Sit on your mat. Know your deity. Forget your reality, this is your reality. Keep onto the vedas, don't become pulled in by news and radio. You're going to be a bit rough after this, depending on how new you are to it. (I'm serious about the blanket, a body without food needs awareness to stay warm, since you have not developed your awareness you'll need a blanket.) If this is your path, then you know the flaws of humanity are purposeful, Prakrti. Ekadashi is your path to Purusha. Good luck

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