Animals Sleep Like We Do!

Many animals have different ways of sleeping.  Some animals sleep much different then what a human needs to survive. Did you know that giraffes can go without sleep for weeks and brown bats sleep for nearly the entire day?

From tiny mice to the biggest of mammals, animals have different sleeping habits. Rats have similar sleep patterns to humans. They need rest to be alert and learn new things for the next day. Certain dogs have even helped scientists in treating serious sleep disorders.

“The only way to understand human sleep is to study animals,” says Jerome Siegel, PhD, professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Center for Sleep Research. “If we could better understand animal sleep, we could better understand the core aspects of sleep.”

The common denominator all mammals is rapid eye movement (REM). Brain activity for both humans and other mammals show the same level of REM and show an increased heart rate variability. There is still a lot to learn about sleep and scientists still don’t know if animals dream during REM sleep, as humans do.

Science is still learning everyday about different aspects of sleep and REM. We also know of certain things that can make sleep more comfortable, like an adjustable bed!

Craftmatic® Adjustable Beds equipped with optional heat and massage, may provide temporary relief of low back pain, minor aches and pains due to muscular fatigue or overexertion, edema or swelling of the legs, poor local blood circulation of the legs, symptoms of hiatus hernia, symptoms of gastric reflux, nighttime heartburn. The optional heating accessory provides temporary relief from mild arthritis and joint pain, as well as muscle pain associated with stress and tension. Sleeping in an upright position may reduce or ease light and occasional snoring.

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