Sleep in the Animal Kingdom

Sleep is something we humans seem to talk about a lot. How little we are getting, how many hours we need to function and how grumpy we get if we don’t achieve our sleep goal that night. However, putting us humans aside, what about sleep in other animals? Is there a definitive pattern and how do they compare with us?

We decided to do some research to find out how our animal friends caught their z’s and came up with some astounding information. For instance, did you know that the average sleep time of a giraffe is only 1.9 hours a night? Those with newborns now have common ground with an unlikely long necked ally in sleeplessness.

At the other end of the spectrum the koala needs a whopping 22 hours sleep on average a day, which is probably similar to the average teenage at the weekend.

As with humans however, animals sleep amount is dependent on multiple factors. Whether that is age, environment, diet or just the animal’s preference, the sleep time can vary considerably, that is why it is important to note that it is the average sleep time of the particular animal studied. There is also a mix of animals in the list that have been tested in laboratory and wild settings, which can also affect times.

Have a look down the list and see which animal you compare closest to. Are you a 7hr guppy fish? A 10hr baboon? Or a 5hr goat? And for all you human giraffes out there, who are up while the rest of us are sleeping like armadillo’s, we wish you all the best and hope you can take solace in the fact that at least you don’t have any lions roaming around you as you are trying to get some kip.

sleep in the animal kingdom infographic

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