Pokémon Sleep release date, gameplay and latest news

Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur sitting on a Poke-ball in Pokémon Sleep
(Image credit: The Pokémon Company)

Pokémon Sleep is The Pokémon Company's latest foray into the health-app space, and looks set to game-ify the very act of waking up every morning. 

If you've been playing Pokémon Go since it launched, you're likely no stranger to having Pokémon on your phone. Pokémon Sleep takes this one step further, and tracks your sleep schedule, rewarding you with Pokémon-themed items. There's even a new peripheral device called the Pokémon Go Plus +, which can be used in tandem with the app.

We just received an update open Pokémon Sleep, and now know a lot more about what the app actually is. There's gameplay, and even a look at some of the Pokémon that will be featured. As we hear more about Pokémon Sleep, this page will be updated. For now, here's everything we know so far.

Pokémon Sleep: cut to the chase

  • What is it? A Pokémon game that's tied to your sleeping habits
  • When can I play it? Summer 2023
  • What can I play it on? Android and iOS

Pokémon Sleep release date

Pokémon Sleep

Image Credit: The Pokémon Company

Pokémon Sleep is currently planned for Summer 2023. This was revealed during a special stream that was held on February 27th, which is Pokémon Day. For now, we do not have a more specific release date. We'll be sure to update this page if we hear more.

The app is confirmed to be coming to both iOS and Android devices, but it may be that one of those services gets the title first. We're hoping Pokémon Sleep comes to both at the same time, but only time will tell.

Pokémon Sleep trailers

Latest trailer

The latest trailer for Pokémon Sleep was revealed during Pokémon Day 2023. It shows trainers waking up with an assortment of Pokémon. There's some lovely quotes from the game, as well as a look at how The Pokémon Company intends to help you sleep better.

No gameplay was shown during this particular trailer, but thankfully it was followed up by a breakdown of the new app, which you can view below.

More trailers

We've included some key Pokémon Sleep trailers throughout this article but you can find all the Pokémon Sleep trailers that have been released to date on The Pokémon Company's official YouTube channel (opens in new tab).

Pokémon Sleep gameplay

Pokémon Sleep is a mobile app developed by Select Button, in tandem with Niantic which created the mobile AR game Pokémon Go

It isn't being referred to as a game so much as an app, and we take that to mean this is much closer to a sleep tracking app than a full-blown mobile Pokémon game.

The app's official description describes a few elements that are interesting. It reads, "Pokémon Sleep aims to turn sleeping into entertainment by having a player's time spent sleeping, and the time they wake up, effect the gameplay."

The Pokémon Company recently released a lot more info on Pokémon Sleep. The app will track your nightly sleep and give you a score depending on certain sleep targets, such as the duration and regularity of your sleep schedule – but whether we'll be punished or rewarded for sleeping in for a few hours is anyone's guess.

You'll place your smartphone next to your bed as you sleep. When you wake up, you will be told what kind of sleep you had the night prior. This type is then matched with Pokémon that have the same sleeping type as you. These will appear in-game, allowing you to steadily collect Pokémon as you go.

You'll also be able to make use of the Pokémon Go Plus+, the latest version of the Plus tracker used in tandem with Pokémon Go. We're told it will now be able to help track your sleep as well as track Pokémon, and send relevant "sleep information to your smartphone via Bluetooth."

James Peckham

James is Managing Editor for Android Police. Previously, he was Senior Phones Editor for TechRadar, and he has covered smartphones and the mobile space for the best part of a decade bringing you news on all the big announcements from top manufacturers making mobile phones and other portable gadgets. James is often testing out and reviewing the latest and greatest mobile phones, smartwatches, tablets, virtual reality headsets, fitness trackers and more. He once fell over.

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