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Returnal sleeping guide

Sleep on ship, restore integrity

The main character in Returnal rests Image: Housemarque/Sony Interactive Entertainment via Polygon

There aren’t many ways to restore your suit’s integrity in Returnal. If you’re having a tough time and can’t find any silphium or resin to refill your health while you’re in the Overgrown Ruins biome, what can you do? Turns out, sleeping in your ship can give you back some health.

In this Returnal guide, we’ll explain what sleeping on your ship does, show you how much health you can gain from taking a nap, and clarify the limitations that you need to be aware of.

What does sleeping do?

Whenever you die in Returnal, you wake up again your crashed ship, Helios. Sometimes you even wake up inside it. If you’ve explored the interior of the craft, you may have noticed a room in the rear with a bed. By interacting with the cozy setup, your character will settle in for a quick nap that’s always plagued with some horrific imagery.

At the very start of the game, these little nightmare naps don’t really seem to serve a purpose. However, if you fast travel back to Helios after you’ve suffered some damage, you’ll see there’s a benefit to resting your eyes.

The difference between sleeping in Returnal
The difference sleeping makes
Graphic: Jeff Ramos | Sources: Housemarque/Sony Interactive Entertainment

Upon waking from your brief and spooky dream, you can exit the ship again. Once outside, you’ll see that you’ve restored a large chunk of health. You can enter the ship again to repeat this process to totally refill your health. It takes a little time, but it’s worth it.

This is one of the many things Returnal doesn’t tell you about. For more survival tips, check out our other Returnal guides.