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You Haven’t Heard of These 5 Surprising Importance of Sleep From Your Pet

Updated on May 7, 2019

What pets are famous for besides their cuteness is the fact that they sleep a lot. According to Dreams, two thirds of a cats life is spent asleep

Sleep to any pet cannot be ignored. It is their time to be a pet free from disturbance. Some will have a deep sleep where nothing can wake them. You most likely never paid much attention to how, where and when the pet takes a rest or sleeps.

Sleep is important to both you and your pets. After a hard day of work, all you can think of is when you will reach home and sleep.

Your body is exhausted and just too tired to do anything else. You sleep never thinking how and where is my pet sleeping? These simple questions can give you a different view of your pet’s life or existence.

What you’ll get is the importance of sleep, no expensive course to enrol in to know this. The course, study session or course work is your pet.

Let’s have a look at these tips:

  1. 1. Amazing sleep and rest are important for your general well-being.

Your cat, dog or duck are not robots or cyborgs; they are living breathing creatures that depend on air (oxygen) to survive. Well if this is true for your pet, then so are you. You can pretend that you can do this work 24/7 without getting too tired but you are just fooling yourself.

According to Dreams, the record for the longest period without sleep is 11 days. This was set by a Californian student named Randy Gardner in 1964. This is definitely not recommended; however, as Randy experienced extreme sleep deprivation and others have died staying awake for this long.

Your body needs to rest and recover. You can’t take the rest for granted because you know what happens if you don’t sleep well and great. You’re all grumpy and not a pleasant person to be around with.

If the pet has hours in a day to rest and sleep, why are you straining your body to the brink?

  1. 2. Sleeping comfortable is awesome.

You have a place that you think and know is comfortable, so does your pet. But sometimes where your pet knows is comfortable isn’t the place where you yourself think is comfortable. For example, sleeping on a stack of hay is comfortable for your pet but not so ideal for you.

You cannot sleep somewhere where your body feels discomfort. You’ll roll and turn in every direction you can think of but you will not sleep.

A study asked 60 people to sleep on their old mattresses for a month, and then sleep on new mattresses for another month. The results were clear. During second month, their stress levels dropped significantly according to Journal of Chiropractic Medicine.

The comfort starts with your mattress, are you happy when you go to sleep or do you feel pain and cringe at the thought of going to bed? Then you need a mattress makeover.

Wherever you feel comfortable is also a good place to sleep. Be comfortable and have much better sleep.

  1. 3. Sleeping at the right positions is crucial and terrific.

How you’re sleeping seems kind of stupid and silly to pay attention to. How your body is positioned on that comfortable bed determines if you wake up happy or more tired.

According to Insider, pain, snoring, tired even though you slept; waking up with headaches in the morning and heartburn are signs that your sleeping position is bad.

You should be sleeping safe and sound and not constantly twisting and turning as you try to find a good position so that you can rest.

According to Markets Insider, 47% of Americans sleep in the fetal position,this is curling your knees in toward your chest like you’re tucked into a safe little ball similar to a fetus in the womb.

Women are more likely to sleep in the fetal position. The log position is the least popular sleep position. This is sleeping on your side with both arms down. Gen Xers and Millennial's are more likely to sleep in free-fall position (arms and legs outstretched).

But what is the best position to have and use every time you go to bed.

Sleeping on your back is the best position for your health as it allows your back, neck and spine to rest in a neutral position according to Cleveland Clinic.

  1. 4. Remarkable productivity and sleep are intertwined.

Research suggests that even small amounts of sleep deprivation take a significant toll on our health, our mood, our cognitive capacity and our productivity. Sleep deprivation will kill you more quickly than food deprivation.

You are supposed to sleep so that you wake up energised and full of life. If you wake up more tired than you had slept, there is serious trouble. Your pet plays and runs around all day, then you see him or her sound asleep on the couch, then he or she wakes up more energised and continues playing.

Research has found that after 17 hours without sleep, alertness and wakefulness is similar to the effects of a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05%-after 24 hours of not sleeping, about the equivalent of BAC of 0.1%.

  1. 5. A sensational and clean place to rest.

You can’t sleep or rest somewhere where you regard as dirty or unhygienic. You wouldn’t get much sleep anyway; a comfortable place also means a clean place. Your pet also doesn’t take this for granted.

The pet bed is clean that’s why it will always sleep there. If the place smells awful and it’s clear it needs some cleaning, it won’t sleep there, and you wouldn’t too.

Survey conducted by The National Sleep Foundation found that people who make their beds every morning are 19% more likely to report regularly getting a good night’s sleep.

People who were surveyed also reported benefits from having clean sheets-specifically, 75% of people said they get a better night’s rest when their sheets are freshly cleaned because they feel more comfortable.

In conclusion

You never took into account how you can learn a lot from your environment and your pets. Sleep has to be the best therapy your body requires but are you sleeping enough? How you sleep has the same importance as how your diet is.

Sleep and rest and take care of yourself and body.

Do you have any more tips about sleep from your pet I haven’t mentioned?

Do tell and share with me in the comment’s section below. Also share this with your friends and family, sharing is caring.


Michael Kamenya

Freelance writer during the day. Heavy sleeper at night. Dreams of being a Marvel superhero. Writer by trade. Basketball fan by choice (It's still the beautiful game). Family man all the time. Hire me to write your content! (Contact Michael Kamenya).


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