Aren't they cute when they're asleep? A sleeping dog curled up or sprawled on the floor, those paws twitching, makes you wonder if they're dreaming of chasing a squirrel.
Dogs sleep a lot, on average 14 hours a day, which means that when they're awake they need to fit in a lot of playtime. They can also sleep just about anywhere, although they prefer to sleep in warm spots or cuddled up with another animal.
Sometimes dogs sleep so much we assume they never have problems—but they do! Just as humans struggle with insomnia and other sleep disorders, some dogs don't get enough sleep. A dog that doesn't get enough sleep may suffer through health problems and general fatigue which keeps them from living each day to the fullest.
Dogs can seem lazy sometimes, but the truth is there are specific signs you can look for to determine if your dog is getting enough sleep. Waking up during the night, seeming lethargic during playtime, and sleep attacks are not normal for dogs. If your dog isn't getting enough sleep, it may be a sign that your dog is sick or hurt, and time to contact the vet. It may also be the result of changes in the family or location, which may require time for adjustment. Read some tips to help your dog sleep better.
Just like humans, dogs can experience insomnia, narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and REM Behavior Disorder. As a result of all of these disorders, dogs can't get enough restful sleep, and their bodies try to compensate through sleep attacks or more frequent naps. Certain breeds of dogs, overweight, and senior dogs are all at higher risk of developing sleep disorders. If your dog has a sleeping disorder, learning more about it can help you plan treatment, take precautions, and find ways for your dog to get more of the sleep that they need.
Everyone deserves a good night's sleep! If you keep track of potential causes of sleeplessness for your dog, and make a few changes to their lifestyle, you can ensure everyone sleeps well. A well-rested dog will try your patience less and be happier and healthier.
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This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian with respect to your pet. It has, however, been verified by a licensed veterinarian for accuracy.