The player is able to sleep inside the Siesta Lean-to only during the day. Doing so will advance the time to Dusk and set the player's current temperature to 15 °C, but only if the player's temperature is above 35 °C. This makes it very handy for Summer, where Heat is the most prominent threat, and dusk and night are a lot shorter than the other times of the day. Functioning similarly to the Tent, sleeping in the Siesta Lean-to will restore 60 health and 50 sanity at the cost of 25 hunger and has only 6 uses.
Wickerbottom can not use the Siesta Lean-to due to her insomnia.
In Don't Starve Together, the Siesta Lean-to has been altered to a similar fashion as the Tent, healing over time, instead of instantly. While sleeping in the lean-to, players regenerate 1/sec & 2/sec at the cost of a mere 0.33/sec. It also reduces Wetness by 1/second, and lowers Body Temperature by 1/second as long as the player's temperature is greater than 40. All outside temperature sources are ignored, so the player's temperature will not decrease if it is below 40.
- One could have the Siesta Lean-to prebuilt in case of emergency overheating. It may then be placed to cool down, while also giving some sanity and health. This way of using the Lean-to should only be used if one does not have an Endothermic Fire Pit ready, as the structure has a limited amount of uses and costs time.
- In singleplayer, a Siesta Lean-to combined with tents, can be used together to avoid seasonal bosses and even entire seasons if one has the materials and food available.
- A siesta is a short nap taken during midday in some countries with hotter climates.
- A Lean-to is a type of shelter that consists of rafters leaning against a wall or structure forming a roof. Lean-tos are associated with camping and wilderness survival.