How To Pass Time And Sleep In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is one of the most successful games available for Nintendo Switch.

It’s a free-form game that allows you to tend to your island and home and with no storyline or quests to complete, you can spend your time in-game as you please.

How To Pass Time And Sleep In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Every player has their own home and one of the most basic and common items you can purchase for your home is a bed. But can you sleep and spend time in Animal Crossing: New Horizons sleeping? 

In this article, we will look at how you can use a bed to sleep.

Can You Pass Time And Sleep In Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

When your villager first arrives on their island, Tom Nook will greet you and get you settled in your first home.

This is only a tent to begin with but at least you will have a roof over your head and a bed to sleep in.

How To Sleep

You will need to select a place to pitch your tent and you can place this anywhere on the island that has enough flat space.

This will become the space for your first home as well and you will be committed to this place for some time, so choose your space carefully.

Consider how much space you want around your home for exterior items and whether you want to be near a river, the airport, or Resident Services.

Find the perfect spot, open your inventory, and place the tent. When the tent is pitched, go inside and place your bed as well.

All you have to do is move toward the bed and your villager will climb in.

Your village will close their eyes and sleep. You can easily wake them up and get them out of bed by pressing a directional button to make them roll out.

As you continue to play the game you will open up more options that allow you to change your bed.

Nook’s Cranny store will occasionally stock a bed for you to buy and once you learn the recipe, you will be able to make your own.

Does Sleeping Help Time Pass?

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a game that operates in real-time. This means that it follows the internal clock of your Nintendo Switch and will reflect this time in-game.

Does Sleeping Help Time Pass?

Time in the game passes at the same rate as it does in real life as well.

For example, if you begin playing at 9 am, it will be 9 am on your island. If you play for an hour, an hour will pass in-game.

This means that time also passes in real-time even if your character is asleep. Unlike many other computer games such as Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, sleeping does not advance the in-game clock.

What Is Dreaming?

Since a game update on July 30, 2020, it is now also possible for villagers to dream. When you climb into bed, the game will ask you if you want to sleep.

If you select “Yes, I want to sleep” you will then be given the option to dream.

Dreaming In Animal Crossing

Dreaming allows you to visit the islands of other villagers and to also share your own.

It’s different from visiting the islands of your friends as when dreaming, you can visit the islands of strangers even if they aren’t online.

Every island has its own unique Dream Address. If you know the address of a particular dream island that you wish to visit then you can enter it. If you don’t, then select “Surprise me!” to be taken to a random dream island.

Your bed will appear outside the Resident Services on a new dream island.

When on a dream island, you can explore the island and interact with villagers. You can pick fruit too, although you will not be able to bring these back to your own island with you.

You will not be able to take any other materials or recipes, either. When you are finished exploring the dream island, simply return to your bed to wake up from your dream and be back home.

If you find a dream island that you especially like, you can revisit it later on. Simply enter the dream state and select the island again.

As is the case with sleeping, time will pass in real time while you are exploring a dream island.

Final Thoughts

In this article, we looked at how to sleep in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. We learned that although your villager can get into a bed and sleep, this isn’t true sleep and will not make the in-game time pass any quicker.

We also learned about dreaming in the game and what this means.

Ashley Newby