The sleeper is the next trick you want to attempt after you’ve learned how to do the gravity pull. The sleeper is the basis for many yoyo tricks. It’s basically where you throw the yoyo down, and as the string is fully extended, the yoyo stays in place and spins.
Throwing a sleeper is easy. First, throw the yoyo down like you normally would. Right before the yoyo hits the maximum length of the string, you want to sort of pull your hand and pad the landing. That way the yoyo won’t land in a violent fashion and it will “sleep” while it spins.
When you’re ready to have the yoyo return to your hand, just give the string a tug and “wake it back up.”
If your string is too tight, a sleeper might be hard to attempt. Let your string go to neutral and then re-wind it around the axis of the yoyo and give it another shot. This should correct the problem.
Once you’ve got the sleeper down, mess around with it. See how long you can make it sleep. You’ll find later on that many yoyo tricks build off of throwing a basic sleeper, so this trick is ideal to learn.