The Most Extreme Sleeping Hours Among Animals

Do you sleep as much as a brown bat or as
little as a goat? And how do you know? Let’s figure it out and check which creatures
are the most famous sleepyheads, and which can spend months without rest! And how about the animal that doesn’t sleep
at all! (um, New Yorkers? Heh heh) 1. Snails – up to several years. These slimy shelled critters can slumber for
up to 15 hours at a time, falling in and out of sleep. After that, a snail can be active for another
30 hours. But in extreme conditions (when it gets too
dry), snails can fall asleep for several years. 2. Frogs – the whole winter. Frogs are equipped with some weird animal
antifreeze – ice crystals forming under their skin and in their body cavities don’t
faze them! Frogs don’t breathe, and their hearts don’t
beat throughout the cold winter months until spring comes. They spend that time sleeping nonstop – well,
kind of. They may have their eyes closed, but they
still remain constantly alert. 3. Pythons – up to 23 hours. These massive snakes have no eyelids, which
makes it difficult to say when they’re asleep. They rarely eat, usually just once a week
– the rest of the time they spend digesting their meals, which requires loads of energy. That’s why it’s not unusual for a python to
sleep for 18 to 23 hours and wake up only to take a short evening stroll….er, make
that slither. 4. Koalas – 22 hours. These cute furballs aren’t lazy, they just
need a lot of energy to digest their high-fiber food! By the way, koalas’ favorite sleeping position
is either being nestled in a tree fork or hanging from there. 5. Little Brown Bat – 20 hours. Being nocturnal (active at night), these flying
microbats snooze upside down for up to 20 hours a day. By the way, this odd sleeping position makes
it easier for them to take off – their wings are otherwise too weak to lift them up. 6. Walruses – up to 19 hours. That’s if they’re deep asleep onshore. But things are very different when walruses
are in the water. They can go for up to 84 hours without sleep! From time to time, they hold their breath
for 5 minutes or so and catch a quick nap underwater. For that, they just bite onto an ice sheet
with their teeth so that they don’t drift away. 7. Giant Armadillo – 18 hours. No one would call giant armadillos social
creatures. They spend most of their time sleeping in
their burrows. The only reason armadillos might get together
is to keep warm or find a mate. 8. North American Opossum – also 18 hours. But the interesting thing is that they can
“play possum” for up to 4 hours! And they’re not really playing – the poor
things get so scared, they pass out from shock. One more thing: even though they’re often
pictured hanging by their tails from a tree branch, only baby opossums can do that. Adults are too heavy to support their own
weight for longer than a couple of minutes. 9. Owl Monkey (aka Night Monkey) – 17 hours. These animals sleep 70% of the day, usually
from sunrise to sunset. Only after it gets dark, monkeys get out of
their shelters to get some food and don’t stop feeding until the sun is about to rise. Just like me on my hungry nights… 10. Tigers – 16 hours. These mighty predators spend more than 65%
of their time slumbering! They don’t think twice when choosing a suitable
place for rest: rocks, grass, somewhere near their prey – anything will do. 11. Squirrels – 15 hours. These cute animals look playful and mega-active,
but this appearance is partially deceptive. Most of their time, about 60% of the day,
squirrels spend asleep! Tree squirrels build special nests – called
dreys – from twigs, branches, and leaves and hibernate there. 12. Cats – 12 to 16 hours. Even though it might be challenging to catch
your sleepy cat in-between its naps, your feline friend doesn’t sleep THAT much. The trick is that cats prefer being active
between dusk and dawn, which is the time you spend asleep. So, you just don’t cross paths with your pet! (But you might be scared wide awake by the
ruckus they cause at 3AM!) 13. Frigatebirds – 12 hours or 45 minutes. When this bird is on land, it has an unusual
sleeping pattern. Frigatebirds sleep for one minute, then wake
up only to fall asleep again. That repeats until these 1-minute naps add
up to 12 hours. But when these birds are flying, they sleep
only 45 minutes a day, usually after dark and in tiny 10-second bursts. 14. Meerkats – 10 to 12 hours. When these funny little creatures sleep, they
gather together in heaps. This way, the animals keep warm and protect
the leaders, who always rest at the bottom of the pile. 15. Otters – 11 hours. Otters need a lot of sleep, even though it’s
not always safe for them because of predators. Plus, they could drift away while napping. That’s why otters often fall asleep on their
backs on the water’s surface. They all hold hands in groups so that nobody
gets carried away by the current! That’s right, they “otter” to hold on
to each other… 16. Sloths – 10 hours. I know, I know, sloths have a reputation they
need to maintain, and rumor has it that they sleep 15 to 19 hours a day! That’s true about sloths in captivity. Wild sloths rarely sleep more than 10 hours
a day. Being the slowest mammal in the world, the
sloth needs a lot of time to find food and eat it. 17. Humans – 6 to 8 hours. Yep, we spend up to 25 years (1/3!) of our
lives switched off. Not unless you’re a baby – then you’d
be up there with tigers in the 16-hour range! Or you might be a workaholic and find yourself
further down on the list. Hmmm… Let’s see! 18. Sheep and goats – 4 hours. These animals sleep 4 hours a night but not
at once. They take several naps with breaks in between. When sheep and goats sleep, they huddle together
to stay warm and protect themselves. They also take turns watching for predators. 19. Ants – 4 to 5 hours. These insects have lots of 1-minute power
naps during the day, which totals to about 5 hours. The queen, though, can enjoy sleep much longer,
for up to 9 hours a day. Well, she IS royalty after all… 20. Elephants – 3 to 4 hours. Elephants are massive, and they have to spend
almost 19 hours a day stuffing their bodies with food. When they sleep, they do it either standing
up, leaning against a tree, or lying down on their side. But if they do lie down, they can’t stay that
way for more than half an hour. Otherwise, they might crush their innards! 21. Giraffes – 30 minutes. Giraffes don’t laze around: they only get
about half an hour, at most, to avoid predators. This sleep is divided into several 5-minute
naps taken throughout the day. Being tall, lanky things, giraffes have difficulties
finding a comfortable sleeping position. That’s why they usually catch some z’s standing
up. But sometimes, they do get down on the ground
and curl up in the most adorably awkward limby ball you’ll ever see. 22. Whales – 1 hour. Sperm whales have an amazing sleeping position:
they bobble vertically near the water’s surface. They have short regular periods of deep sleep
that add up to a bit more than 1 hour a day. These giants don’t breathe or move during
their naps. 23. Orca Calves – not until their older! Baby orcas don’t sleep at all during the first
weeks or sometimes even months of their lives. They keep swimming around while their parents
are resting. It keeps them warm and protects them against
predators. 24. Dolphins – never. Well, kind of. Dolphins do enter periods of deep sleep called
“logging” (mostly because when a dolphin is in this state, it resembles a log floating
on the water). But even so, dolphins shut down just half
of their brain and close only the eye that’s opposite to the powered-down hemisphere. This way, they’re always alert and can watch
out for trouble! Glad I’m not a dolphin… Whale, I guess I “otter” get some sleep
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100 thoughts on “The Most Extreme Sleeping Hours Among Animals

  1. Wow I never knew that about dolphins, it must be awfully maddening to never sleep, I’m amazed they have such a joyful disposition.

  2. Babies need a lot of sleep because they are developing. Adults don't need that much because they have already reached maturity. But the amount of sleep you need varies on the person.

  3. When in exams of 3hr
    Me: sleeping…….

    Again me: – still sleeping 😪😪
    Then again:- my friend told me that exam is over dude

  4. Yes humans are animals.. don't be shock.. but we have brain that works better so we're a bit different.. and I'm sorry but human don't really sleep for 8 hours.. I sleep more than that.. so.. just saying..

  5. The most I sleep was the hole day past night till next day or 2 days longest but that was 4 5 times happend no more happens good

  6. The truth is that human needs 14 hours, but science have eroded this because of the educational systems and works!!!!

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