Stardew Valley happens to be one of those games that capture your soul with its gameplay, demanding you to put in hours and hours of your time without feeling bored. After playing the game for more than a day, you would quickly notice a timing system governing how the Stardew Valley world works.
A single day in Stardew Valley lasts from 6 am to 2 am – 20 in-game hours in total. This translates to 14 minutes of real time for a single in-game day. More specifically, a single minute of Stardew Valley is equivalent to 0.7 seconds of real life.
The Timing System
As I mentioned, the game has an in-game clock with a date and time system that governs several seasonal and everyday changes. For example, the passing of day and night happens with the change in time. Some events and in-game functions are only possible at certain times of the day.
Additionally, the date and time system of the game governs how the game switches between summer, winter, fall, and spring seasons. Each season lasts 28 days, and playing the game during a particular season has no impact on how long a single day lasts. For reference, each 10-minute increment usually happening in the game converts to 7 seconds of real-time.
When you start the day after a good night’s sleep (or passing out), the in-game timer featured at the top-right of the screen will always show 6 am. This is the time when a day in Stardew Valley begins. There’s no possible way, without exploiting the game, to wake up earlier than this.
How Long Can You Stay Awake?
Staying awake past midnight causes your character to become tired. Once this happens, you’re shown repeated notifications that the in-game time is quite late, your character is sleepy, and you should go to bed.
Not paying attention to the in-game time after your character becomes tired can be detrimental to you. If you stay awake till 2 am, your character will become exhausted, collapse onto the floor, and you’ll wake up at the hospital the next day. Thus, 2 am is the limit to which the time system extends in the game.
Note that if you do pass out, you’ll lose a portion of your money (up to a maximum of 1,000g).