What Do Dogs Dream About? Find Out Now

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What Do Dogs Dream About? Find Out Now
Image source: Pixabay.comIsn’t it fascinating to watch your cute little ball of fur all curled up in one corner, twitching his legs or making muffled sounds in his sleep as if trying to chase a rabbit! So, are they really dreaming or it’s just a subconscious reflex that causes dogs to move and fidget during shut eye. Well, there has been considerable research in this direction to find out what really goes on in the minds of canines when they go through their sleep cycle.The human connection Talking of humans, our sleep cycles influence a majority of our dreaming patterns. For instance, a majority of dreaming takes place during the REM or Rapid Eye Movement cycle during our sleep. Although you still experience dreams during the non REM cycle, the more vivid and memorable ones take place only during the Rapid Eye Movement phase. An average human regularly experiences multiple cycles of REM that account for somewhere between 20 to 90 minutes of an entire night’s sleep. Some of the common physiological and psychological changes that take place within our body during the REM cycle including vivid dreaming, rapid movement of the eye, increased pulse rate, faster breathing, muscle atonia and so on.Do dogs really dream?Now, dogs typically sleep more than their human masters and experience similar sleep cycles during the night. The structure of sleep for dogs is similar to that of humans and includes stages of wakefulness, REM and non REM cycles. Studies indicate that dogs spend about 12% of their sleep time in the REM stage.Despite the fact that there is a significant linguistic barrier between us humans and our four legged friends, there have been several studies to indicate that dogs not only dream actively but also the content of a majority of their dreams comprise wake time activities, just like us. A study performed back in 2001 by MIT’s Neuroscience Research Center reported that rats experience the same brain activity during their REM stages as when they are performing regular activities such as walking through a maze during wake time. The research indicates that dreaming is a common phenomenon among mammals including dogs.Some studies also indicate that dogs can have nightmares just as us humans do. In fact, they are also prone to experiencing other human-like sleep related issues such as narcolepsy that causes the brain to suddenly fall asleep. However, the canines do not experience the problem of sleep paralysis, a common disorder among humans that causes a restoration of consciousness before the brain could kick start the muscle function. As a result, the person is awake but unable to move. The major trigger for sleep paralysis is sleep deprivation, a rare phenomenon among dogs.
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