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Long-awaited Pokémon Sleep finally wakes up

Updated: Jul 25, 2023

Back in May 2019, what felt like a decade ago, The Pokémon Company International announced a new gamified app that was in development, Pokémon Sleep.

The app would track your sleep patterns and turn it into a game to help people sleep better while making friends with Pokémon along the way. We expected to see it soon after, maybe by early 2020.

Other games and apps announced at that same press conference came out not long after, such as Pokémon HOME and Pokémon Masters. But, Sleep kept hitting the snooze button for another four years.

It’s finally out. After several days of releases across the world, it finally hit North America and Japan.

What is Pokémon Sleep?

Pokémon Sleep is a sleep tracker app that gamifies your sleep patterns, sounds you make while sleeping, and tries to help people get a full night’s rest. Then, from your sleep, it can calculate points and have Pokémon join you that sleep in various ways and poses. Then, you do it all over again the next night.

If you don’t have the Pokémon GO Plus +, a device that costs $54.99, you have to keep your screen and app on for it to track you. It also requires itself to be on your mattress with you.

If you share a bedroom with a loud sleeper or use a wireless or MagSafe charger to charge your phone, it might not be the app for you.

The upside is that the app ties into Pokémon GO and you can earn rewards for the long-running mobile game.

The Pokémon Sleep app is out now in all major territories. You can pick it up on iOS and Google Play for free. It also has microtransactions.

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