You're lying awake, for the millionth time this month, desperately trying to fall asleep. Unfortunately, your brain is racing, your to-do list is dancing around in your head, and you can't stop replaying the moment you mispronounced your bosses' name in front of the entire office. You can't fight off these thoughts and it keeps you from falling asleep almost every night.
You glance over and see that your dog is sleeping like a peaceful angel and you wish you could sleep just like she does. But little do you know, that your dog may be struggling to sleep just like you.
A new study is here to tell you that your dog may be more similar to you thank you think; sometimes dogs have trouble sleeping because their problems keep them up at night. Maybe we shouldn't be as jealous of our dogs lives simply because their struggles are real, too.
Why can't we sleep?60 million people struggle with insomnia, a sleep disorder that can prevent you from sleeping.
Why do so many people struggle with this?
Do any of these sound familiar?
Maybe you're texting in bed?
via: ShutterstockAre you up late at night, scrolling on Twitter? This could be a big reason you are having trouble sleeping.
We need sleep.
But what about our pups?
Good boys sleep a lot.
The can have uneventful days.American Kennel Club, dogs spend usually 50% of their day sleeping and 30% of their day lying down.
It can vary depending on the dog.
The bigger the dog, the more hours of sleep they need.need more sleep because they use more energy to play, and run around outside.
We're different, but the same.
A bad day usually means a bad sleep.
You've got to sleep it off.
Big life changes can disrupt sleep.
Dogs and sleep have been researched before.The Royal Society, used negative social interactions and positive social interactions with dogs and then monitored their sleep after.
The positive interactions that were tested:
The negative interactions that were tested:still face test, where a human basically stares blankly at the dog, were used for the negative social interactions.
Sending out positive vibes.
This poor, good boy.
The REM cycle for dogs.
More sleep, less REM.
It's a dogs' world.
Dogs also dream in their sleep.Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found that it is very likely that dogs dream while they sleep. What are they dreaming about, you may ask? Common dog activities like running, eating or chasing a ball.
Sometimes, they have nightmares.his own dog's sleeping patterns and recalled a quite hilarious story about his own dog. "This brings me to my dog. Goober is a basenji, and like many basenjis, he hates water and being bathed. As soon as my wife finishes bathing him he bolts out of the bathroom door, finds me, and tries to hide behind me or under me. So one day Goober was forced to be cleaned and underwent his ritual of hiding behind me. Later that night he was sleep running. He awoke with a start, and then bolted to my location to hide under my legs. This was very awkward as I was sitting on the toilet at the time. I believe that he was dreaming, and I believe that he was dreaming about having a bath. I believe this because he only engages in this behavior when a bath is involved."
In conclusion:study concluded that "This result provides the first direct evidence that emotional stimuli affect subsequent sleep physiology in dogs."
What a life these dogs have.
via: ShutterstockThere are many times in my life where I wished I was a dog. Their sleeping schedule is what makes me the most jealous.