Everyone enjoys a good night’s sleep or a nice regenerating nap during the day. It is the same for doggies – even if it seems that some days they sleep and sleep, and then sleep a little. So how do we know if our dogs ‘ sleep patterns are normal or if they actually feel uncomfortable?
Mature dogs sleep between 12 and 18 hours a day. Most will average 14 hours, including several naps during the day. While deep REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement) normally accounts for 20-25% of our total sleep, it is only 10-12% in mature dogs. Puppies spend more time in the REM phase. REM is the deep, dreamlike Phase of sleep, accompanied by eye movements under the eyelids and sometimes jerky movements of the body.
It is not surprising that the deeper you sleep, the more rested you feel. Although dogs sleep longer, they are usually in a lighter state of sleep and often wake up.
There are several factors that influence the amount of sleep your dog gets.
Puppies and older Dogs need more sleep. Puppies consume a lot of energy while playing and learning and need to recover, often sleeping 18-20 hours a day. For older dogs, everything they do is more stressful than before and rest is important for their health.
Large dogs tend to need more sleep than small dogs. In general, large breeds sleep between 14 and 18 hours, which is quite surprising, which is why some large breeds are actually better suited for apartment living than small ones.
Active dogs, such as working and service dogs, need less sleep than pets that spend most of their time indoors. For pets, sleep can also be the result of boredom.
Dogs are light sleepers and will be affected by noisy environments. Cold or very hot weather, bright light and even discomfort can disrupt the quality of your sleep. To us, it seems that dogs can sleep anywhere, even on a bed of serrated pebbles – and they probably could– but they would sleep much better if they had a comfortable, padded place to curl up.
Poor quality food does not provide dogs with the right nutritional needs to give them the energy they need and is often more difficult to digest.
If your dog has had an illness or operation, a lot of rest and sleep is needed for the recovery process. Some health problems and medications can also make your dog sleep more than usual.
However, if you think that your dog is sleeping too much or that his sleep has increased rapidly for no apparent reason, consult a veterinarian. You should also carefully observe changes in appetite and thirst, weight, Mood, coat and skin condition, vision and coordination. Conditions such as rabies, distemper, Parvovirus, foot and mouth health-issue and Lyme health-issue, canine get-down, hypothyroidism, diabetes and cancer cause your dog to become lethargic but bring additional symptoms.