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Why Do Dogs Sleep So Much

February 22, 2018

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

It is said that dogs sleep on average between 12 and 14 hours a day. Now, while this does sound like a lot (and while, to many of us, the thought of that amount of sleep sounds like bliss), in actual fact, it is not as much as it sounds because it is not a solid stretch of sleep, instead your pooches dreamy state is a stream of sleep interrupted by spurts of action and energy. If you have ever paid close attention to your pooches napping routine you will have observed that he, or she, sleeps for a bit, then is up and about and highly active. Then there is some sleeping. Then some activity. Then some sleep... And so the day goes on, and the night.

But because there are so many different breeds of dogs, so many dogs who lead totally different lifestyles and, of course, different life stages for dogs, there is no hard and fast rule. It is safe to say, though, that the more active the dog, the less it will sleep. Dogs that are busy, whether they are farm dogs, police dogs, guide dogs, don’t sleep nearly as much because they are kept busy therefore don’t have the time to sleep. Often a dog will sleep out of boredom. Stress can cause your dog to be napping more than usual too. Or after a meal you may notice your dogs become super chilled and then go on to sleep off supper, or lunch or breakfast. Older dogs sleep more because they get tired more easily, particularly after physical exertion. Puppies also sleep a lot because they grow at such a rapid rate that their bodies need plenty of rest just to keep up.

Dogs do need more sleep than us. Not only because they have burst of sleep followed by bursts of activity, but also because these bursts of activity do, for the most part, require much more energy than most of us. And these bursts are not sporadic or few and far between, they are part of most dogs’ way of being.

And while our sleeping patterns are very different from the sleeping patterns of our loveable furkids, sleep is critical for our health. A good, supportive mattress goes a long way to ensuring a refreshing night’s sleep. If you feel it is time for a new mattress, why not browse our selection here. Remember our Best-Price-Guaranteed policy!

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