Have you ever thought about how many hours we actually sleep each day? It’s definitely been a long time since I slept like a baby. While we humans are struggling with sleeping problems and discovering healthy sleep-promoting techniques, there are many animals that happily spend more than 80% of their time sleeping every day. There are animals such as giraffes that need only a few minutes to sleep, while, interestingly, dolphins and whales do not sleep for the first month of their lifes. But, some animals spend much of their entire lives in dreamland. Let us find out more about some of the sleepiest animals in the world!
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Cats, along with mice, pigs and cheetahs, love to spend a lot of quality time snoozing. They can sleep for around 12 hours per day. Rats, gerbils and lions are a little ahead of them as they can sleep for about 13 hours a day. This means they essentially spend two thirds of their entire lives in dreamland.
Squirrels mostly eat food rich in carbohydrates, protein and fat, which might be the reason they sleep about 14 hours a day. Golden hamsters and ferrets are at the same position. The golden hamster sleeps deep inside its burrow to avoid predators during the day. Though these animals sleep a lot, they are very active when awake. Nevertheless, they are capable of sleeping almost twice as much as we humans do.