August 09, 2018 2 min read 0 Comments

Have you ever looked at your dog sleeping and wondered how its possible they can sleep this much? Well there is actually an explanation for this, keep reading to find out more!

Nap time

Dogs can spend a lot of time snoozing and the amount may vary based on different factors but no matter what doggy naps are important.

On average dogs get anywhere from 12-18 hours of sleep a day. This is half their life! But it is important for their mental and physical health.

Larger dogs like Great Danes have been known to sleep more compared to smaller dogs like Chihuahuas. Along with this the age of a dog can have an effect on how much sleep your dog might need.

Dogs follow a schedule where they are active for a quarter of their day, awake but resting another quarter, and asleep for half. Humans are about 30-40% sleeping and the rest active.


Often times people wonder how their dog gets the same amount of sleep as them at night but still naps all day. This is due to Rapid Eye Movement sleep or REM.

At night Humans fall into this deep REM sleep where we have crazy dreams and about 25-30% of our sleep is in this stage. Dogs on the other hand only get 10% rem sleep per sleeping block.

This is why dogs need more hours of sleep and how they manage to fit all their naps in. without all this sleeping time dogs would not get the necessary deep sleep they require.

The best way to help your dog get the sleep they need is to exercise them throughout the day and then make sure once they are sleepy they have a comfortable place to pass out like a Buddyrest dog bed.

BuddyRest was founded on the idea of supporting older dogs and based our first products on helping joint pains in dogs. We know dog sleep science and hope this blog helped you out.

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Anthony Zonos
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