If you’re worried at the amount of time that your dog has spent snoozing, don’t be. Dogs have vastly different sleeping patterns than us humans. According to recent statistics, dogs spend as much as 50 percent of the day sleeping, 30 percent awake but just lying around, and 20 percent being fully active.
Since there are so many different factors that can go into play when determining the amount of sleep that a dog gets, it’s difficult to pinpoint an exact number. According to sleep.org, the average dog sleeps for about 12-14 hours per day. Depending on the age of the dog, this number can vary.
Puppies, who exert a lot of energy exploring and being active, may end up resting for as much as 18 hours. Older dogs may also need more sleep due to the fact that they get tired easier. Generally speaking, larger dogs such as Mastiffs or St. Bernards need more sleep than smaller dogs.
In some ways, dogs have a similar sleeping pattern to humans. They progress through the different stages of sleep and also experience REM (Rapid Eye Movement). The main difference is that dogs tend to sleep in short bursts, around 16 minutes to precise. which greatly contrasts our typical sleeping times of 7-8 hours.
If you’ve ever seen your dog’s leg twitching while asleep, they are probably entering REM sleep and dreaming like humans.
When to be Concerned
If you observe your dog sleeping much more than usual or is just very lethargic for no justifiable reason, then its time to be concerned. Lethargy is a common symptom of diabetes, depression, hypothyroidism, and Lyme disease in dogs.
Furthermore, if a major change happens in your dog’s life like moving or the death of a loved one, your dog may find comfort in sleeping.
Ultimately, many factors can contribute to your dogs’ excessive sleeping. On some occassions, it may be necessary to call attention to it, most days your dog probably just wants to take a nap.