After Foiur Years, The Pokémon Sleep App Is Finally Real


Image: Nintendo / Kotaku

During today’s Pokemon Presents, we finally got a look at the upcoming and highly anticipated Pokemon sleep app. It was accompanied with an adorable live-action promo and some actual in-game footage.

Not only is the app out later in 2023, Pikachu can sing you a lullaby and you can check out all the irresistibly cute ways these creatures nap and sleep, and maybe they can help your sleep schedule out a bit too. Described as a “game that makes you look forward to waking up in the morning,” (good luck) the game has an isometric perspective, and features many of the familiar faces taking it easy and catching some Z’s. Check out all the details here:

As fits a Pokemon game, the title features Professor Neroli, “who’s researching Pokemon sleep.” That sounds like serious, academic business for sure, but it seems rather straight forward. Basically, all you need to do is leave your smartphone within reach of your bed, and the game will measure your sleep. In the video, we got a quick look at how that all works.

A screenshot shows a UX flow of the Pokemon sleep app, with time and sleep data on display.

Screenshot: Nintendo / Kotaku

If you’ve ever used a sleep app before, this ought to look very familiar. You get a rough average of the overall time you were asleep (and not staring into the blinding light doom scrolling Reddit for six hours…you know who you are), and some fancy stat read outs for various bits of sleep data. From the trailer we can see this includes info like the actual time it took for you to fall asleep.

Your sleep data gets crunched into one of three sleep types: “Dozing, Snoozing, or Slumbering.” Pokemon whose sleep type matches yours will appear in the game, which is an easy and adorable way to start to get a sense of how well you’re sleeping. And it’s not all boring clinical sleep terms; as we saw in the video today, one unlockable sleep type is “Goofy Sleep” and features a Slowpoke adorably sleeping on its back.

As someone who’s cycled on and off various sleep apps for the past few years and haven’t found one that sticks, this one seems easy enough to understand, and looks fun. Maybe a solid eight hours a night is in my future after all.

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