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Are there any features in the game that reduce the duration that long rests take? Specifically, I'm looking for:

  • Racial traits that set the long rest to 4 Hours or less
  • Any other features that further reduce the time of a long rest that stack with racial long rest reductions

I know that there is a DMG variant rule that drastically reduces the long rest time, but I'm looking for options that would help a character trying to optimize for this quality.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Out of curiosity, why optimise for this? \$\endgroup\$
    – SeriousBri
    May 14 at 17:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ @SeriousBri Ideally, to take a Long Rest while your friends take a Short Rest. \$\endgroup\$
    – User 23415
    May 14 at 18:35
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    \$\begingroup\$ Worth noting that you can only take one long rest per day \$\endgroup\$
    – SeriousBri
    May 14 at 20:00

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Be an Elf

Elves have the "Trance" racial trait, which means they meditate instead of sleeping, and "gain the same benefit" from four hours of meditation as "a human would from 8 hours of sleep."

Per the Sage Advice Compendium, this means that four hours of meditation count as a full long rest:

Does the Trance trait allow an elf to finish a long rest in 4 hours?

If an elf meditates during a long rest (as described in the Trance trait), the elf finishes the rest after only 4 hours. A meditating elf otherwise follows all the rules for a long rest; only the duration is changed.

See also: Is 4 hours long enough for a long rest for Elves?


I don't know of any other reliable methods for shortening a long rest, though this other post has a few far-out, might-work-sometimes suggestions: Are there any 5e spells whereby PCs can gain the benefit of a long rest without actually taking a long rest?

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