Animal Crossing New Horizons: How To Sleep

Players sleeping in a bed inside of a home in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Animal Crossing New Horizons has plenty of cool things to do. Even as you live out your dreamy island life as the Resident Representative, you can complete many activities that you'd do in real life too… including sleeping. Sleeping in New Horizons is simple, but can be tricky to do at first if you don't know what you're doing.

In this guide, we've explained how to sleep in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

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How To Sleep In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

A player - the Resident Representative - speaking to Tom Nook outside their tent at the beginning of Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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At the end of the introduction sequence when beginning your game, your first encounter with sleeping will come from Tom Nook telling you to go to sleep in order to start your island life. You’ll be told to go to sleep in your tent, but how is this done?

  1. Head over and enter your tent, where you’ll realise that there’s no bed or anything to interact with.
  2. If you then open your inventory and hit ZL, you can scroll over to the leaf, indicating a piece of furniture. This is actually a cot (a camp bed), which will be your bed until you are able to upgrade.
  3. Select the piece of furniture and place it anywhere in your tent.
  4. Walk toward the cot and hop on, where you’ll be prompted to go to sleep for the day. When you select the option to sleep, the screen will fade out, and you'll wake up in a new day.
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This act of sleeping only happens once. Following this, hopping into bed won't forward you to a new day. Yet, if your character deserves a little rest, jumping into bed gives them that. Although, this doesn't count as sleeping and will not change anything in game or progress time.

To learn some more about how to make the most of your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island, we recommend taking a look at our tips for beginners. If you're a gigantic fan of sleeping, however, there is also the dream world for you to explore, letting you visit the amazing islands of other random players provided you have an internet connection!

This article was updated on 1st November 2021 by Kelsey Raynor.