Sons of the Forest sleep is limited by safety - namely, you can't sleep if there's enemies anywhere close nearby who might hurt you. The game refuses to let you rest if cannibals or mutants are close by and aggressive, as by doing so you'd be able to skip past encounters (or just get torn to shreds in your sleep with no way to protect yourself). But why sleep in Sons of the Forest in the first place, and what do you need to do so? How do you stop yourself from being very tired? We'll explain the Sons of the Forest sleep system and mechanics below, so you can get a good night's rest (well, besides the inevitable nightmares).
How to sleep in Sons of the Forest
To sleep in Sons of the Forest, you need to build a Shelter of some sort, or any structure that allows you to rest inside it. The Shelter is the easiest one to make though, and can be crafted from a stick and a tarp. Place the tarp on the ground, then use a stick at one corner to prop it up into a little fabric lean-to. This is a shelter! You can use more sticks to prop it up further, but it'll function with one.
Once built correctly, the shelter can be approached, whereupon a couple of prompts should come up. It allows you to do two things:
- Save the game
Sleep progresses time rapidly, but undoes tiredness and exhaustion. It's also important to remember those things will build up faster if your character exerts themselves more by doing physically strenuous tasks or going without food or water for too long.
Tiredness impacts stamina and your ability to perform physical tasks and combat - it's not something you want to have hanging on your back if you can avoid it.
Why can't I sleep in Sons of the Forest?
If you can't sleep in Sons of the Forest, even with a shelter built, it's likely because there's enemies nearby! Make sure that the surrounding area is clear of threats, either by killing them, driving them away, or placing barricades that stop them from getting too close. Once you've made the surrounding zone safe, you should be able to take a nap.
What does sleep and being tired mean?
Being tired in Sons of the Forest is measured by the little Moon icon in the lower right, which refills after each rest you have. It also depletes faster if you engage in more physically demanding activity, like constant sprinting, combat or woodcutting.
Tiredness limits the cap on your stamina, reducing your max amount as it depletes. Obviously this is a big problem considering all the times that stamina can save your life, so constant, regular rest is essential to survival.
That being said, keep in mind that because rest passes time in the game, you'll wake up with your hunger and thirst meters drastically higher. Make sure you have a drink and snack ready to go the next morning!
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