A dog sleeping with his tongue out.
A dog sleeping with his tongue out. Photography ©Lindsay_Helms | Thinkstock.

My Dog Sleeps All Day — Is It Normal?

Ever thought, "My dogs sleeps all day"? You're not alone. If your dog sleeps all day, it might be normal … or not. We turned to the experts for insight into dog sleeping habits. This is what they said.
Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on email
Email

Have you ever watched your dog napping — yet again — and thought, “my dog sleeps all day”? You’re not alone. One (of the many!) awesome things about dogs is that they get to sleep as much as they want. Who can blame them either? We would love unlimited opportunities to sleep in!

Thankfully, your dog isn’t actively trying to make you jealous with his sleep habits. In fact, it’s completely normal for dogs to spend most of the day sleeping away. Here are some things to know when you’re thinking “my dog sleeps all day.”

A dog sleeping with an eye mask on and an alarm clock.
Thinking your dog sleeps all day? And is it something to worry about? Photography ©damedeeso | Thinkstock.

Dogs Naturally Sleep More Than We Do

Think your dog sleeps all day? Well, compared to humans, it’s easy to think that! According to Dr. Evan Antin, a veterinarian at Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital in Thousand Oaks, California, dogs generally sleep about 12 to 14 hours a day. Dr. Antin points out that how much a dog sleeps depends a lot on this age, breed and activity level.

“Some breeds tend to be sleepier breeds. Your French and English Bulldogs, they like to lounge, sleep and take it easy,” Dr. Antin says. “For dogs that are more active, such as working dogs, they’ll sleep less since they’re busier.”

Related: Why Do Dogs Dig in Their Beds?

Age plays a big part in how much a dog sleeps, too. For example, a puppy tends to sleep up to 16 to 18 hours a day, since growing up takes up a lot of energy. Older dogs spend almost the same amount of time asleep as puppies, which can be due to a number of factors. Senior dogs are often less active, or it may hurt for them to move due to joint pain or arthritis.

Does It Seem Like Your Dog Sleeps All Day? The Upside (or Downside) of Dog Domesticity  

Another reason your dog sleeps all day or at least most of it? The lifestyle we provide dogs doesn’t give them much else to do.

Let Dr. Antin explain.

“Our domesticated pet dogs may sleep more than they need to simply because they have less stimulation and less stressors in their environments that would otherwise give them reasons to be active,” he says. “That is, they don’t need to hunt, find and/or create dens, escape and hide from predators, find mates, etc.”

He compared that to our dogs’ wild cousins. “Wolves and coyotes, etc., have to hunt, find mates, etc., in the wild in order to survive and pass on their genes. When pets live under the care of humans, all of their needs to ‘survive’ are handed to them — that is, food, water and shelter. They’re typically also neutered, so the drive to reproduce is also absent.”

While it might be nice to have free room and board, it can also lead to dogs sleeping more — just for a lack of something to do. And, let’s be honest, that’s preferable to them tearing up the walls (if your dog is doing that, here are some boredom busters). However, it might be worth asking yourself if a dog sleeping out of boredom is healthy for him or not.

Other Reasons a Dog Sleeps All Day

Health issues may also be behind why a dog sleeps all day. “Hormonal imbalances and diseases, like hypothyroidism, can make a dog sleep more,” Dr. Antin explains. “Any other underlying metabolic disease or illness that is taxing on a dog’s body can cause decreased energy, too.”

And cancer or any illness that affects a dog’s body can mean your dog sleeps all day — or at least a lot of it, he adds.

Is Your Dog Sleeping Too Much? How to Know

When our dogs spend so much time asleep, it’s hard to tell if it’s due to medical issues. If you can’t rule out normal factors like age, Dr. Antin says to look for other signs. For example, if your dog isn’t as active as he used to be, plus he’s not eating as much but is gaining weight, that might be hypothyroidism or another metabolic issue.

Basically, if you think your dog sleeps all day, look for other signs that something might be wrong. Then, head to your veterinarian for a checkup.

Can a Dog Not Get Enough Sleep?

On the flipside of thinking, “my dog sleeps all day…” you might be thinking “my dog doesn’t sleep enough.” Sometimes a dog might not get enough sleep. “I have patients with respiratory issues like sleep apnea, or who are too overweight to breathe well, that aren’t getting enough sleep, ” Dr. Antin says. “That can lead to chronic fatigue and low energy levels.” However, Dr. Antin says, those cases are really rare.

Related: The Struggle of Sleeping with Dogs in the Bed

Another case where a dog might not be sleeping as much is with older, senile dogs. Their schedules might get turned around, and they may sleep less at night due to them wandering around confused. It may not be too much of an issue though — Dr. Antin points out that they tend to make up for it during the day.

A woman in bed with her dog getting a kiss from him.
At the end of the day, dogs have some sleeping habits in common with humans! Photography ©Fly_dragonfly | Thinkstock.

But Dogs Sleep Like Us — Kind Of

While it’s easy to be jealous of your dog’s sleeping habits (I know I am sometimes), it turns out that how our dogs sleep is a lot like how we do. According to Live Science, dogs go through “stages of wakefulness, rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep and non-rapid-eye-movement sleep.” During the REM stage, your dog is most likely dreaming and you might see him reacting to it. He’ll twitch, move his feet or even yip out loud. Watching your dog dream can be both adorable and hilarious — either way, when it happens, you’ll be glad that you’re awake to see it.

Thumbnail: Photography ©Lindsay_Helms | Thinkstock.

This piece was originally published in 2017. 

Want to sleep like a dog? Studies show that music can help you sleep >>

34 thoughts on “My Dog Sleeps All Day — Is It Normal?”

  1. Many dog breeds don’t sleep a lot. Just talk to someone who owns a border collie. Or a German Shepard, or a beagle. These dogs like to have a job. The border collie likes to herd (farm animals mainly, but cats will do in a pinch.) German Shepards like to guard but can be trained for military, police, and a variety of jobs. Beagles like to hunt and will go all day on ascent if left to their instincts and the rural space to do so. None of these breeds will like to sleep all day and will get into trouble if that’s your expectation. https://esacare.com/reasons-why-seniors-need-esas-as-companion/

  2. This is really informative information, however, if you see a sudden change in your dog’s sleeping habits it’s best to consult a vet.

  3. This is really informative information, however, if you see a sudden change in your dog’s sleeping habits it’s best to consult a vet. In case you need to find an emergency animal hospital at short notice there are a lot of online platforms to help you with. I found a vet at 10 p.m for my cat from https://www.greatvet.com/

  4. Pingback: My Dog Sleeps All Day — Is It Normal? | Your World

  5. Pingback: My Dog Sleeps All Day — Is It Normal? – Chipper Pets

  6. Pingback: My Dog Sleeps All Day — Is It Normal? – Selective News

  7. Pingback: My Dog Sleeps All Day — Is It Normal? | Divine Medicare

  8. Pingback: My Dog Sleeps All Day — Is It Normal? – 2Good2BTRU

  9. Pingback: My Dog Sleeps All Day — Is It Normal? – Pets Equips View

  10. Pingback: Sleeping the Day Away: How much do French Bulldogs Sleep | Anything French Bulldog

  11. Pingback: Ali lahko psi spijo preveč? – Živalski Vrt

  12. Pingback: Does Your Dog Wake You Up in the Middle of the Night? We Can Help! – Shopper's Lab

  13. Pingback: เจ้าตูบของฉัน นอนหลับ ทั้งวันเลย ถือว่าปกติหรือไม่ ? ????? – Outsider Pisit

  14. Pingback: Does Your Dog Wake You Up in the Middle of the Night? We Can Help! | Trending,Stories,lifstyle,culture and more

  15. Pingback: Does Your Dog Wake You Up in the Middle of the Night? We Can Help! | MF-DEAL trending hot news & lifestyle travel sport just hot viral

  16. Pingback: Does Your Dog Wake You Up in the Middle of the Night? We Can Help! – bj5petshop

  17. Pingback: Does Your Dog Wake You Up in the Middle of the Night? We Can Help! – Comforts 4 Pets

  18. Pingback: Does Your Dog Wake You Up in the Middle of the Night? We Can Help! – Fur Kiddos

  19. Pingback: Does Your Dog Wake You Up in the Middle of the Night? We Can Help! – yopetshop

  20. Pingback: Does Your Dog Wake You Up in the Middle of the Night? We Can Help! – Dog n Kitty News

  21. Pingback: Does Your Dog Wake You Up in the Middle of the Night? We Can Help – Smart Pet Club

  22. Pingback: Does Your Dog Wake You Up in the Middle of the Night? We Can Help! – Pet Supply Deals

  23. Pingback: Does Your Dog Wake You Up in the Middle of the Night? We Can Help! | ITS A NEW PETSTORE EVERYDAY

  24. Pingback: Does Your Dog Wake You Up in the Middle of the Night? We Can Help! – Pet Dedicated

  25. Pingback: Does Your Dog Wake You Up in the Middle of the Night? We Can Help! – My Pets

  26. Pingback: Does Your Dog Wake You Up in the Middle of the Night? We Can Help! – Ten15AM

  27. Pingback: My Dog Sleeps All Day — Is It Normal? | ITS A NEW PETSTORE EVERYDAY

  28. Pingback: My Dog Sleeps All Day — Is It Normal? – Pet Dedicated

  29. Pingback: How Much Sleep Should a Husky Have? – My Happy Husky

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Shopping Cart