Let Sleeping Dogs Lie - Why Your Dog Spends 50% of His Day Asleep

Do you ever think your dog sleeps too much? Well today, we are answering the pondering question, which reveals a lot about your dogs’ personality. From the position they sleep in, to every twitch and sound; a dog sleeping pattern says more about them than we think.

Why Do Dogs Sleep So Much?

In a day dogs spend on average 12 to 14 hours asleep. Their age and size are key factors in determining the number of hours needed for sleep. Older dogs tend to need significant amounts of deep sleep for the main reason of, activities become more difficult. Puppies spend most of their day exhausting their energy as they play and explore their surroundings. So much so, that they can require up to 20 hours of sleep to do the process over again. Pups tend to take quick power naps, sometimes in the middle of playtime.

Dogs sleeping patterns are not far off from our own. When they first begin to doze off, their breathing begins to slow, heart rate decreases, and blood pressure drops. After about 10 minutes, the REM cycle begins, where their eyes roll behind their eyelids and the dreams begin. One difference between a human and dogs sleeping pattern is the time spent in REM. A dog has the capability of waking up at any moment alert and coherent. We spend about 20 percent in REM to recoup from being awake a full day, where dogs have the flexibility of entering the stage out of boredom. To make up for lost REM, dogs will take naps during the day.

Another reason a dog sleeps a lot is their health. Unless you notice a change in your dog’s sleeping habits, you should not be concerned. If your dog has a loss in appetite or mood changes for multiple days, consider consulting a vet. Some of these changes can be due to a life-changing event. Dogs adapt to their environment so well that any unusual shift can cause them to react. This might occur from the loss of a loved one, a big move, or among other changes. Understandably, dogs may need a little extra sleep to gain strength back. 

What Does My Dog’s Sleeping Position Say About Them?

1. On the Side

Dog’s who like to sleep on their side tend to be easy-going and relaxed. They feel comfortable enough in their environment to leave their vital organs exposed. While sleeping it is more common to see a dog running in his sleep during a dream. This position is for laid back dogs who still prefer the ease of getting up quickly.

2. Curled Up

Dogs who choose to sleep curled up are more secure and concerned about protecting themselves. Dogs tend to do this more in the winter to keep themselves warm or simply because it is comfortable. When sleeping curled up, a dog has less mobility during a dream.

3. The “Superman”

A common position with puppies is sprawled out on the tummy or “the Superman”. The position allows a dog to stand up quickly so that they do not miss anything. Puppies who need to nap frequently will drop to this position in the middle of play time. A dog who sleeps in this position like to be in the action and are typically full of energy, ready to play at a moment notice.

4. On the Back

Opposite to when a dog curls up, they may choose to sleep on their back to cool off. A dog who takes this position is comfortable enough to leave their most sensitive areas vulnerable. Dogs who sleep on their back probably don’t have a care in the world since they are not quick to get up.

5. Snuggled Up

If your dog enjoys some snuggle time, they are showing their affection for you. He is completely comfortable with his nap mate. Back-to-back or snuggled up this pup wants to bond in a very loving and peaceful way. Reciprocate the love by laying with your canine friend for a quick power nap.

  • Jul 08, 2019
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