Pokemon Sleep Lets You Play While You're Dozing

Gotta catch them z's.

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Pokemon Sleep's Snorlax on a phone next to the logo and release date

Pokemon Sleep arrives in a few months.

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Pokemon Sleep, revealed during Monday's Pokemon Presents livestream, is a sleep-analyzing game coming to Android and iOS this summer. We've waited a while for this one -- The Pokemon Company first hinted at it back in 2019.

You play by placing your phone by your pillow when you go to bed, so it can record and measure your sleep. The longer you slumber, the higher your score will be in the morning and more Pokemon will have gathered around sleeping legend (and Pokemon Sleep mascot) Snorlax.

Your sleep will be classified as one of three styles -- dozing, snoozing or slumbering -- and Pokemon that sleep in similar ways will show up in the morning. Each Pokemon has a number of different sleep styles to discover and log in your sleep style dex.

The Pokemon Sleep app's menus are shown on three phones.

The game analyses and categorizes the time you spend sleeping. 

The Pokemon Company

Those who prefer not to put their phone by their pillows will also be able to use the Pokemon Go Plus+ accessory, which connects to Pokemon Sleep via Bluetooth. Once it's connected, you hold the device's central button, place it by your pillow and sleep. In addition to measuring your sleep, a Pikachu voice can prompt you when it's time to wake up or go to sleep.

Like the Pokemon Go Plus device that came out in 2016, it's compatible with Pokemon Go -- you can use it to spin Pokestops and catch Pokemon in the hugely popular mobile game. Linking the new device to Pokemon Go will let you catch an adorable Snorlax wearing a nightcap. 

A future update will also let you use Pokemon Sleep data in Pokemon Go, but it's unclear what that data will do.

Pokemon Sleep didn't get a firm release date, but the Pokemon Go Plus+ comes out July 14 -- it's likely the app will arrive around the same time this summer.

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