Pokémon Sleep players are using a sleep exploit to claim they’ve been snoozing for weeks

Pokémon Sleep Players Find Clever Way to Get Rewards in Pokémon Go

Players of Pokémon Sleep who have managed to get their hands on the Pokémon Go Plus+ peripheral ($54.99/£50) have discovered a clever hack to earn rewards in Pokémon Go. The new app, which tracks sleep patterns and offers rewards for getting sufficient sleep, requires a minimum of 90 minutes of sleep to be recorded daily. However, savvy users have found a way to manipulate the system by manually changing their phone’s date after recording the initial 90 minutes, allowing them to record additional naps and accumulate rewards.

According to Pokémon fan Reddit community TheSilphRoad, this technique appears to be relatively simple, as the sleep sensor on the app only needs to be turned on and off. Posts on the fan Reddit also explain why players are going to such lengths: to obtain the exclusive Nightcap Snorlax in Pokémon GO. This special Snorlax, named for its adorable nightcap, can only be obtained by completing the questline in Pokémon GO for users who have connected their data in both Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sleep. Tracking sleep for seven days unlocks an encounter with a 1106 CP Komala and a Snorlax. Additionally, completing the first set of quests provides another Snorlax encounter, with further encounters available for tracking sleep for 14, 21, and 28 days.

Furthermore, these encounters give players a chance to encounter a shiny variant of these rare Snorlax. Although the frequency of shiny encounters is unclear, the typical rate is approximately one in 520 encounters.

While this workaround may allow players to accumulate rewards more easily, it raises questions about whether it aligns with the intended purpose of the game. In the meantime, if you’re aiming to improve your sleep quality with Pokémon Sleep, our team of sleep experts has compiled some helpful tips to ensure you get the best night’s sleep possible. Just be aware that while Pokémon Sleep is listening to you, it also records any noise, including your farts.

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