The Sleeping Habits of Pets: How do you Compare?
Most animals actually sleep better than we do – which might be hard to believe when you see your cat crumpled into a ball in the most awkward of places.
Have you ever been jealous of how much your pet sleeps? Yeah, us too. Take a look at our infographic and see how your sleeping habits compare to our fury (and scaly) friends!
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Start Sleeping Like a Feline with These Tips
We’re not just here to tell you how much better your pets are sleeping than you, or just how much longer they get to nap during the day.We’re here to help! With some of these simple tips you could be having the best nights sleep you’ve had in years:
– Cancel out annoying noises with ear plugs. Sounds at around 40 decibels are enough to keep you awake. (For comparison, a dog’s bark is around 60 decibels)
– Stay away from technology like mobile phones, tablets, TV’s etc. for around an hour or two before bed. These devices emit blue light that causes the brain to ‘stay awake’ and not go to sleep yet.
– Refrain from consuming caffeine later on in the day. When consumed later at night, the stimulation of caffeine on the nervous system will prevent your body from being able to drift off to sleep.
- – Increase your exposure to bright light during the day, this keeps your circadian rhythm healthy and in sync. This in turn improves daytime energy, as well as improving the quality of your night time sleep.
- – Reduce long daytime naps, this can confuse your internal body clock and lead to an inability to sleep late at night. However, short “power naps” (Around 30 minutes) have been proven beneficial for the body.
- – Keep away from alcohol, it’s known to disrupt sleeping patterns and alter melatonin production in the body (this plays a key roll in your body’s circadian rhythm).
- – Keep a strict bedtime routine before you go to sleep, keeping yourself away from technology and bright lights, as this can cause excitement, stress and even anxiety, making it difficult to sleep.