1. He is sleeping in bed.
2. He is sleeping on the bed.
#1 is correct. Is #2 possible?
Originally Posted by sitifan 1. He is sleeping in bed. he is under the bed sheet(s)/blanket(s)/quilt.
2. He is sleeping on the bed. he is not under the bed coverings; he is on top of everything. Therefore, he is on the bed, not "in bed".
is #2 possible? yes, as above 2006
http://www.oup.com/images/elt/oald7/xsym.gif She lay on the bed (= on top of the covers). http://www.oup.com/images/elt/oald7/xsym.gif He lay in bed (= under the covers).