Monitoring your dog’s sleeping patterns is something all pet parents should make routine. Dogs sleep a lot, and that is totally healthy. However, if you notice abrupt changes in their sleeping patterns, there may be a problem. Some factors can cause normal changes, and some that should cause concern:
Changing your dog’s diet can affect their sleep. The wrong food can cause excessive tiredness. It can also cause discomfort that makes your dog sleep less. Remember if you change your dog’s food, do it gradually. An upset stomach will likely cause both you and your dog to lose some sleep.
If you take up a new hobby like running or walking, bring your dog along! It is great for them to get exercise with you. Note that changes in daily exercise can cause your dog to sleep more. On the other side, if you start walking your dog less due to changes in weather or schedule, you may notice that they are more restless.
Stress and anxiety can play a huge role in your dog’s health. When they are lacking a routine that includes daily exercise and mental stimulation, they will likely sleep less. They may have trouble relaxing or being still. The stress makes the sleep worse, and the lack of sleep makes the stress worse. If you know there will be a change in your dog’s routine, try to ease them into it slowly. If a big change happens like moving to a new place, plan to exercise them or take them to daycare during the process. This will tire them out and help them adjust better. It will prevent the cycle of anxiety and lack of sleep, and make things much easier for your pup.
Sleep disorders are less common in dogs than humans but can cause major disruptions in your dog’s wellbeing.
Dogs can suffer from REM Behavior Disorder. It is marked by intense activity during your dog’s sleep. This disorder can be more difficult to spot if you have a dog that dreams frequently. If your dog has excessively eventful and physically active dreams very frequently, you may want to mention it to your vet.
Other ailments, more familiar to humans, can also affect your dog’s sleep. Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders dogs face. It will be marked by excessive snoring. This can be not only a little annoying but can also cause your dog’s sleep quality to dwindle. It may not be cause for major concern, but keeping your vet informed on any changes in your dog’s health is always a good idea.
Insomnia, and narcolepsy can also be found in dogs with the same symptoms we would have. Alert your vet immediately if one of these is a concern!
As pet owners, we want our dogs to be as healthy as possible. If they are suffering from lack of sleep, it can have detrimental effects on their health. If you notice any of these warning signs, it is important to take action immediately. You can use this information to help spot If your dog is sleeping too much.