How to Sleep After Seeing a Mouse? (9 Tips)

In this brief guide, we will look at how to sleep after seeing a mouse, and some other topics related to the inability to sleep.

How to Sleep After Seeing a Mouse?

To sleep after seeing a mouse you can focus on relaxation and try some breathing exercises, or you can try sleeping in another room, in an elevated area.

Other things you can do to sleep after seeing a mouse are:

  • Clean out your bedroom.
  • Dust your bed, there may be food particles there that are attracting the mice.
  • If you are anxious, listen to some calming music or meditation podcasts.
  • Change your bedsheets
  • Put some strong smelling oils or substances like pepper in the corners of your room
  • Try to get someone else to sleep with you for comfort.
  • Watch something interesting on youtube to take your mind off it so you can sleep

To be able to sleep after seeing a mouse, you can also try to make your bedroom inhospitable and unwelcome to mice which may not even be that hard to do, because mice anyway avoid people at all costs.

If a mouse does venture into your bedroom, it means that it may have found something that was more attractive than staying away, which is food, and if they sense that there is something in your room they can eat, they will drop by even if they are scared of you, which is why you need to keep your room clean at all times if your area is prone to mice.

Another thing to avoid doing if you want to sleep in peace and not see mice around is to eat in bed,  because when you do so, there can be little food particles or crumbs, that you may not see but the mice can sniff out, and this can attract unwanted mice. 

If you are having trouble sleeping because you saw a mouse, you can also seek out any mouse nests, and destroy them, but make sure you do so humanely.

Also make sure that whenever you are handling anything to do with mice, wear heavy duty gloves and avoid coming in contact with any potentially infectious, waste-borne diseases. 

When you destroy mouse nests, you decrease the likelihood of their return. 

You can also do what so many people do to sleep after they see a mouse, which is setting out traps to capture the remaining mice that are lingering in your bedroom, and get them out. 

What kind of traps should I use to get rid of mice?

There are many types of traps you can consider, but while there are one like glue traps or snap traps, the suggestion most people will give you is to get the most humane type of trap possible and leave the mouse out into the wild, because it doesn’t seek to hurt you, and it wouldn’t be nice to do so to it either.

If you do use one of the more severe traps and have deceased mice left for you to dispose of, you need to make sure you are very careful with it, even deceased mice can be vectors for fatal diseases. Always use heavy-duty, puncture-proof gloves when handling and disposing of mice.

You need to ensure that you are in the clear and that the mouse in your room can’t get to you when you are sleeping, for which you may follow these tips:

  • Clean your room regularly
  • Turn down your bed regularly
  • Make sure all the nooks and crannies in your room are open and visible
  • Don’t store too much clutter in the room
  • Don’t bring food in the bedroom
  • Keep the windows covered with net screens or some other type of covering
  • Clean out the space under your bed
  • If you have shelves in the room make sure they are always clean 
  • Check for possible mouse hiding places in the room and clear them out
  • Check for rat/mouse droppings regularly.
  • If possible, get a cat.

What diseases do mice carry?

Mice were the original source of the Bubonic plague, and even though it is not seen as much anymore, bubonic plague still exists, and mice are still just as capable of carrying it, which is all the more reason to avoid them.

Here is a list of diseases that mice may carry:

  • Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM): this disease is carried by the house mouse, and humans can catch it by coming in contact with their droppings or tinkle. 
  • Bubonic Plague: this disease is carried by the fleas that are on mice.
  • Hantavirus: This disease is carried by deer mice, and humans can catch this virus from breathing in rodent tinkle or droppings. 
  • Rat Bite Fever: This disease can be caught by a bite or scratch from an infected rodent.
  • Salmonellosis: This disease can be transmitted to humans by water contaminated from mouse tinkle and droppings. 
  • Leptospirosis: this disease can be caught by humans by coming in contact with the tinkle from an infected mouse. 

One of the most common diseases among all of these is the Hantavirus, and the symptoms include:

  • Stomach Pain 
  • Sensation of Suffocation (as lungs fill with fluid)
  • Shortness of Breath.
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle Aches (particularly in large muscle groups like thighs, hips, back, and shoulders) Headaches

Another common disease carried by mice is the Rat Bite Fever, whose symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain or swelling 
  • Rash  

Tips on how to keep mice away from your bedroom

To be able to sleep after seeing a mouse, the best thing you can do is to take action against it, and make sure that it can’t get near you at all, for which you can follow some easy tips to keep it away for good.

To get rid of mice, or keep them away from your bedroom so you can sleep in peace, you can use Camphor, which is an effective substance that is used quite often for repelling mice. Camphor can be found easily in any online shop or local supermarkets, and to use it you can just place a few camphor pellets in a place that mice often come to.

However, be careful with camphor because it is highly flammable, so do not keep it anywhere near a place where it can be burnt or catch fire.

You can also use Ammonia to get rid of mice and sleep in peace, and for this remedy just Mix two spoons of detergent, a quarter cup of water and two cups of ammonia and keep this liquid in a place where mice often stop. 

Mice stay away from the strong smell of ammonia but you need to be prepared to smell the bad smell too.

Another great solution is to use Peppermint oil, which you won’t mind, but the mice won’t be able to stand.

To use this remedy you need to just dip some cotton balls in peppermint oil and place them in a rat-prone area. 

To get rid of mice you can also use lemongrass or castor oil and these natural methods are definitely more preferred than using ammonia and these last three solutions are actually more effective than camphor.

A surprising remedy to keep mice away so you are the only one that lives in your bedroom, is pepper.

To use pepper for keeping mice away you just have to sprinkle a little pepper around the corners and holes where they live and they will leave your room.

Another thing you need to do if you are finding rat droppings in your home or if you are concerned that there are mice in your home, is to check the ceiling.

Rats often live and breed inside the ceiling, maybe because most people find it harder to clean there, or even just check the condition of the ceiling.

You can also call an exterminator to get rid of the mice.


In this brief guide, we looked at how to sleep after seeing a mouse, and some other topics related to the inability to sleep.

When you are not able to sleep because of fear or anxiety, it can be very hard to focus on anything but the object of fear, no matter what it is, and it can be particularly difficult when the fear is caused by an external thing that you cannot change.

If you’re facing this, it may be a good idea to seek the help of a therapist or other mental health professional. You can find a therapist at BetterHelp who can help you learn how to cope and address it.

Not being able to sleep after seeing a mouse can be especially hard because mice have a tendency to run away and hide, and when something is out of sight, it causes more fear because there is a sense of the unknown about it.

If you have any questions or comments about how to sleep after seeing a mouse, please feel free to reach out to us at any time.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): How to sleep after seeing a mouse?

Will sleeping with lights on keep mice away?

Yes, sleeping with lights on might keep the mice away, but it is not a given that lights will definitely keep the mice away because they don’t have any particular problems with light.

Mice can be slightly more active at night for a few reasons, one of which may be that they are somewhat sensitive to bright lights and have poor eyesight.

Usually mice avoid danger too and they are often scared away by loud noises or bright, flashing lights as well.

Will mice bite you in your sleep?

No, mice won’t bite you in your sleep unless you have food crumbs on you or you smell like food, or if you are a very deep sleeper and don’t sense the mouse coming up to you.

In most cases mice do not bite sleeping people, but rats have been known to charge or leap at a person, and when handled, wild rats and mice are capable of squealing and biting, which is why if you have an infestation of mice in your house, you need to be careful about your sleeping quarters.

Do mice come out every night?

Yes, mice may come out every night, as they are nocturnal animals, and they usually search for food at night.

The fact that mice come out every night does not mean that they do not come out during the day at all, and if you are seeing more and more mice in the day, it may mean you have too many mice and that they are getting a lot of food in your house which is why they are also coming out during the daytime to forage.

What do you do after you catch a mouse?

After catching a mouse you need to let them go within about 100 yards of wherever you trapped them, in an open area where they can burrow somewhere and cannot come back inside your house.

Catching a mouse may be fairly easy with the help of traps and they can be kept calm by placing a towel over the cage, and they can also be humanely euthanized by the veterinarian or at a local animal shelter.


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