Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
Sleep Habits of Dogs
If you've ever felt like there's not enough hours in a day, you probably have lamented that you have to spend some of your time sleeping. Did you know that dogs sleep as much and more as their owners do?
Sleep is beneficial for development. Humans and canines both require higher amounts of sleep and decrease as they mature to adulthood. However, where adult humans need around seven to nine hours of shut-eye while dogs require almost twice that amount. Puppies especially require solid sleep as they mature to adulthood. Just like human babies, their brains are maturing and they are acquiring more cognition.
Dogs also experience different stages of sleep, just like people. Ever witnessed your dog move or vocalise while unconscious? Many owners have seen their dog "dream," and that is, in fact, what's occurring if your dog mutters, howls, kicks or twitches while stretched out asleep. This sleep phase, also experienced by humans, is called REM, short for "rapid eye movement." This is the deep sleep where the brain replenishes itself, characterized by the period of dreaming.
In addition to REM, dogs also go through slow-wave sleep during their rest cycle. This phase of sleeping is exhibited by a tightly-curled body (as opposed to stretched out). It's during this time that the dog's ears may prick up to catch surrounding noises; slow wave sleep is not as deep of a level of sleep as REM, and your dog is more easily roused from this state.
Because sleep is so important for your dog, designate a place in the home (or outside it) for your pups to rest. Providing a sleeping spot is a necessary part of taking care of your dog's health and well-being.
Whether your dog is an inside dog or "outside" dog, allowed on the furniture or nay, will factor into where you bunk your dog down for the night. Of the most popular options, many owners either allow their dog to sleep on their bed, a dog bed, in a crate, or in an outside dog house.
Did you know that sleep is just as important to our dogs as it is for us? For more facts about the sleeping habits of dogs, check out the infographic below:
Written by Amber Kingsley. Amber is a journalist as well as a lifetime pet lover. When she's not traveling the world, she's usually spending time at home with her pets, and wants to help others make sure that their pets are as happy as they can be.
Sleeping Habits of Dogs