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Snoozing in the Animal Kingdom

Snoozin' in the (ANIMAL KINGDOM From cat naps to long doggy slumbers, animals sleep in number of interesting and unusual ways. Creatures great and small all need to grab some shut-eye, but how they do it varies greatly. GIRAFFES Adult INFANT ADULT FACTS FACT Adults sometimes They can also go They lie down with their legs tucked sleep standing up with one eye open weeks without beneath their bodies napping and heads resting on their rumps Calf ADULT INFANT SLEEP TIME SLEEP TIME Adults sleep for just 30 minutes Sleeping times vary between 30 mins and 2 hours night in the wild HORSES ADULT ADULT FACTS SLEEP TIME Adult horses sleep for an average of 3 hours per day They often sleep standing up but lie down for REM sleep They have lock-in knees to allow them to stay upright Lying down is more stressful for them than standing Adult Foal INFANT INFANT FACTS SLEEP TIME Infants have frequent naps during the day As they get older, their naps become less frequent Foals spend around 12 hours sleeping OWLS ADULT SLEEP TIME ADULT FACTS They sleep for 12 hours in the day and wake at night Adults sleep in hollow They are able to close They have 3 eyelids, off one half of their brain while asleep 1 of which is used for sleeping trees, crevices and on branches Adult Owlet INFANT INFANT FACTS SLEEP TIME They stay in the nest while they're young They spend large amounts of time in REM sleep It's unknown how long owlets sleep for DOLPHINS -------------------------- ADULT FACTS They rest with half of their brain in non-REM sleep, with one side remaining awake to protect themselves Dolphins do not breathe automatically. When they are asleep, they use their half-awake brain to remember to breathe Adult ADULT SLEEP TIME INFANT SLEEP TIME Adults sleep for around Infants don't 8 hours a day sleep at all in their first month after birth Pup/ calf INFANT FACTS They gradually increase their amount of rest as they get older SEA OTTERS ADULT ADULT FACTS SLEEP TIME Adults sleep/ rest Sea otters sleep on the surface of water They wrap themselves in kelp or fall asleep holding hands so they don't drift away or apart from the raft of other otters for around 11 hours a day Adult Pups INFANT FACTS Sea otter pups sleep on their mother's stomach as they can't swim FLAMINGO ADULT ADULT FACTS SLEEP TIME Adults sleep for roughly 4 hours per day They bend their necks to the right, lie it on their own backs and stand on one leg. This is believed to help them conserve body heat by preventing it escaping into water One part of a flamingo's brain stays awake to regulate balance Adult SHEEP ADULT SLEEP TIMES ADULT FACTS Adult sheep sleep for an average of They lie down to sleep 3.8 hours per day Adult Lamb INFANT FACTS INFANT SLEEP TIME When napping, they find their mothers and sleep as close to her as possible Lambs sleep between 8 and 12 hours per day DOGS ADULT FACTS ADULT SLEEP TIME The type of dog determines how long they sleep for. Larger breeds, for example, get up to Dogs sleep in phases. One of these is the rapid eye movement (REM) phase and is associated with dreaming Average of 12 - 14 hours per day 18 hours rest each day Adult Puppy INFANT SLEEP TIME INFANT FACTS Puppies sleep for up to 18 hours per day They fall into a deep sleep in odd places and with very little warning BATS ADULT FACTS They are nocturnal creatures and sleep upside down in dark locations, like caves By sleeping upside down, they can take off at any moment. Their wings aren't strong enough for them to set off from the ground and high up in trees Adult Pups ADULT INFANT SLEEP TIME FACTS Bats rest for an Bat pups cling onto average of 12 - 19 hours per day their mum while she is roosting CATS ADULT ADULT FACTS SLEEP TIME A cat sleeps for 13 - 14 hours per They have different sleep states, such as deep sleep and snoozing. They often doze in a state of readiness They dream during REM sleep. Scientists believe they may dream of catching prey, as their teeth chatter and paws are ready to attack day on average Adult Kitten INFANT FACTS INFANT SLEEP TIME Kittens need sleep in order to build their muscles and develop their bones Kittens sleep for around 18 hours a day HUMANS ADULT SLEEP TIME ADULT FACTS Adult humans sleep for an average of 7-8 hours per day Teenagers require around People can become sleep deprived if they don't get the right amount of sleep Sleeping past a normal wake up time can cause post-sleep inertia, a feeling very much like jetlag 9 hoursof sleep Adult Baby INFANT FACTS INFANT SLEEP TIME It's a good idea to establish a sleeping pattern as soon as the baby is born From birth to around 3 years, babies sleep for between 12-16 hours per day HIBERNATION Some animals like sleep so much that they hibernate for many weeks of the year! Generally, animals hibernate to withstand the winter months, when temperatures are dangerously low and food is scarce. Their body temperatures usually drop significantly lower than normal and they can be very difficult to wake up. BEAR Bears go into a dormant state known as a torpor for around 6 months. In this time, they don't eat or drink and very rarely need the toilet. HOWEVER, THEY CAN BE WOKEN EASILY, SO BEWARE! WOOD FROG HEDGEHOGS Hedgehogs can hibernate for anything from a few weeks to 6 months. During this time, Wood frogs hibernate inside logs and burrows, as well as under rocks or leaf piles. During the height of hibernation, they stop breathing, their heart stops and ice crystals form in their blood. their heart rate drops to 90%. SOURCES https://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/chasleep.html http://www.dolphinear.com/data/dolphins.htm http://www.petful.com/behaviors/cat-sleeps-too-much/ http://school.sleepeducation.com/howdoanimalssleep.aspx http://www.funtrivia.com/askft/Question74580.html http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-behavior-five-facts-sleep https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-news/how-do-animals-sleep http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/sleep-in-adolescents https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-news/how-do-animals- sleep/page/0/1 http://content.time.com/time/health/ article/0,8599,1812420,00.html http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150428-weird-ways- animals-sleep http://seaotters.org/pdfs/faqs.pdf creative commons Courtesy of www.mattressnextday.co.uk

Snoozing in the Animal Kingdom

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From cat naps to long doggy slumbers, animals sleep in a number of interesting and unusual ways. Creatures great and small all need to grab some shut-eye, but how they do it varies greatly.

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