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The PupJoy Post

Why Does My Dog Sleep So Damn Much?

Ever wonder why your dog sleeps ALL the time? It seems like every time we catch a glimpse of them they’re either in a deep sleep or starting to doze off. Well, we’re here to provide some answers. Read on for the real reasons your pup sleeps so damn much!

The Reasons  

Dogs spend about 50 percent of their day sleeping, 30 percent awake but lounging around, and 20 percent being active. In fact, pups sleep an average of 12-14 hours per day, according to the American Kennel Club. And older dogs tend to sleep more – you can blame that one on their age and less active lifestyle.

Puppies sleep even more – an average of 18 to 20 hours per day. Thanks to puppies’ endless energy during their awake hours, they burn a ton of calories exploring and playing, requiring a lot more rest time.

Certain breeds often sleep more than others, too. Working dogs – or dogs that were bred to perform specific tasks – tend to be more alert and active. Other breeds prefer to spend time lounging around the couch.

Another factor is size. Large dogs are not as active as smaller dogs thanks to all the extra weight they have to carry around. In fact, small dog breeds can survive on as little as 10 hours of sleep per day.

Lifestyle changes may also affect how often your dog sleeps. For example, if they recently lost their furry companion or you moved to a new home, their energy level may decrease until they get adjusted to their new lifestyle.

And finally, health can be a factor in how much your pup snoozes. If they are sleeping way more than normal (more than the average), they may be suffering from a health issue. Consult with your veterinarian if you notice your dog dozing off more than usual.

But Why?

The question still remains – why do they sleep so damn much? The answer lays in the REM (or rapid eye movement) phase. Dogs have similar sleeping patterns as humans. They begin in a slow wave of sleep – where their breathing slows down, their blood pressure drops, and their heart rate decreases. After around 10 minutes, they being the REM phase. The difference between their sleep and ours is the amount of the time we spend at this stage.

On average, humans are in the REM stage 25% of the time. Dogs, on the other hand, spend only 10% of their sleep time in REM. Therefore, dogs have to spend more time sleeping in order to get the necessary amount of REM sleep.

And, since dogs are more distractible than humans, they often wake up easier – like, for example, when you come home after work or when you drop the remote controller on the floor for the 10th time.

We would be lying if we said we weren’t just a tiny bit jealous of how much our pups sleep. After all, who wouldn’t want to spend the majority of their day hanging out and snoozing on the couch?