Fortunately, for the most part, humans tend to have similar sleeping habits. We’ve been doing this laying down and dozing thing for a long time. Mattress shopping is complicated enough with all the diverse support, softness, and technology preferences people have. Can you imagine if some of us slept sitting up, upside down, or in trees?
Sleep is Different in the Animal Kingdom!
You may have noticed that your pets always manage to sleep through the night despite constant napping. And let’s not even get into how cats get wired in the middle of the night and bounce noisily off the walls. It turns out that there are nearly as many sleep styles as there are animal species. In addition to disagreeing on ideal positioning, animals also have different sleep cycles. Though American humans try to cram each day’s sleep into one big chunk, the 2-session sleep pattern achieved by Spain’s siestais closer to the polyphasic sleep that comes naturally to many animals.
Isn’t sleep fascinating?
Here are some of the weirder sleep habits practiced by other mammals.
- Giraffes don’t need pillows. They sleep on the ground with their head resting on their hind legs! Can you imagine the crick in the neck? There’s actually not much time for giraffes to develop a stiff neck, as they sleep very little – anywhere from 20 minutes and 4 ½ hours each day, in short naps just a few minutes long. Elephants get a similar amount of sleep, but it’s better for their huge bodies to lay on their sides on the ground.
- Sleep and koala, sitting in a tree. If you’ve ever tried to inspire a koala to move at the zoo, you know that sleeping is about all these little bears do. They sleep for 16 to 18 hours a day – while perched in trees!
- The sleep-ish lion! Both lions and bats can sleep for up to 20 hours a day, and they take snoozes around the clock. Lions are sunny-day stomach sleepers, while bats hang by their feet from the walls and ceilings of cool, dark caves.
- Those cat naps add up. Humans think of “cat naps” as short snoozes, but our feline friends often get up to 16 hours of sleep a day. The internet is full of examples of cats sleeping in crazy positions, but most of the time cats doze while laying on their stomachs or rolled into a ball.
And your little dog, too!
As you’ve surely observed, dogs can and do sleep just about anywhere, in just about any position you could imagine. Unlike other animals who do just fine in the wild, our dogs and cats have become accustomed to sharing our creature comforts. Since we want to stretch out the lifecycles of our furry friends, it pays to give them great places to lay their heads. Thanks to all that polyphasic sleep, dogs spend a lot more time in bed than humans.
Beds Made for How Dogs Sleep
You can see why dogs, in particular, can benefit from dog-bed innovations created by the Sealy company. This world-renowned mattress maker took all its knowledge about comfort and support and distilled it into a miniature version designed for dozing dogs. Not only do these mattresses let your sleeping dog lie, they also blend in perfectly with the human habitat. If you tend to get jealous of how soundly your dog sleeps, it might be wise to do a little shopping for yourself while you’re researching beds for your man’s best friend.