Sleeping habits can vary widely among members of the animal kingdom. You may be surprised at how much some animals sleep, and how little others do. If you are interested in learning more about some of the more curious sleeping habits within the animal kingdom, why not check out this fascinating infographic courtesy of the team at Greyhounds as Pets.
The below infographic explores a range of topics related to animal sleeping habits. One subject it investigates is whether or not animals dream. Dreams are associated with the REM cycle – a stage of deep sleep during which our brains are most active. In fact, REM sleep is experienced by many animals, including most mammals, some birds and possibly a number of reptiles too. This means that they are likely to dream during their sleep.
The infographic also looks into the sleeping schedules of animals. If you were to guess who the heaviest sleeper in the natural world was, you may guess it is the notoriously lazy sloth. However, you may be shocked to discover that it is in fact the tiger that that takes the title as they can snooze for up to 16 hours a day!
So what animal is the lightest sleeper? Giraffes can go for weeks without sleep and when they do take a siesta it usually only lasts for minutes. Like giraffes, zebras and elephants are also light sleepers as they must get their shuteye standing up, which allows them to easily flee in case of an attack.
Of course, when exploring animal sleeping habits it is important not to confuse regular daily sleep with hibernation. During this long winter rest, animals can survive for days or even weeks without waking to drink, eat or relieve itself. In fact, hibernation can really take a toll on the animal and oftentimes leaves them feeling sleep deprived so upon waking they will need to sleep heavily to recover.
Read the infographic below to learn more about animal sleeping habits.