How Much Sleep Should Your Dog Get?

Would you believe that most dogs sleep about 12 hours in a given day? So, if you think that your pooch is sleeping too much, he probably is not. But, unlike humans, dogs do not spend as much of their sleep time in that deep REM sleep. Humans spend about 25% of the night in this deep sleep, compared to only about 10% of dogs. During this sleep period, dogs wake an average of 23 times! Now you know!

Key Takeaways:

  • Although dogs and humans have similar sleeping patterns, the amount of sleep they require daily differs. Humans require about 7 hours while dogs 12-14 hours sleep per day.
  • How long a dog ends up sleeping overall both during the night and day depends on factors such as its age, breed, and health status.
  • Dogs sleep far longer than humans but they don’t sleep through a seven hour stretch rather they sleep when they feel that their body needs it.

“The major difference between human and canine sleep has to do with the amount of time in REM, or rapid eye movement, sleep. During REM sleep, the most restorative stage of sleep, your brain is active and you may dream. REM sleep also plays a role in learning and memory.”

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