How to sleep in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Find out how to sleep in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and if it offers and in-game benefits.

It’s easy to lose hours in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, whiling away the hours fishing, harvesting fruit, hunting down bugs and crafting equipment. It’s tiring work for one little island resident, so you might be wondering how to sleep in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, recovering your strength for a new day. The good news is that apart from a brief introduction section, you don’t need to!

How to sleep in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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It's getting late, shouldn't you two be in bed?
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You’ll be able to sleep in Animal Crossing: New Horizons during the intro section, heading to bed so that you can start the game proper. Beyond that point though, you won’t ever need to sleep again. Well, real-life you will, but your Animal Crossing: New Horizons resident will always be full of energy. The game tracks your real-time clock, which means you can’t just fall asleep and jump to the next day. You’ll need to wait for the day to come round, or you can adjust your Switch’s clock to skip ahead.

So is your bed useless? Well it might now have a practical use in-game, but hammocks and other bed types are a great place to have a nice lie down for a while. You won’t fall asleep proper, but your resident will close their eyes and zone out for a while. If you like, you can even return to your bed and then end the session by pressing the minus button on the switch. There, it’s basically the same as falling asleep, right?

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So there you have it, you now know the only time you have to sleep in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Your villager is a tireless machine but you might not be, so be sure to get plenty of rest yourself so you can enjoy the game properly. Click here to visit our game hub for more Animal Crossing: New Horizons tips and tricks.

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