Despite the fact that puppies are small bundles of energy, they typically sleep 18-20 hours per day. Your puppy could be a pyrotechnics display one minute and blissfully asleep the next, almost mid-dash. Sleep is critical to a child’s healthy development, since it aids in the development of his central nervous system, brain, immune system, and muscles. All of that sleep also aids your cute puppy in recharging his batteries during growth spurts.
Dogs with sleep difficulties may whine, cry, or wake up frequently during the night, become sluggish during the day, or appear disoriented when completing routine tasks. Because sleep deprivation can lead to an increase in stress hormones, dogs with sleep difficulties may become more aggressive or develop other behavioral issues.
Furthermore, a lack of sleep can impair a dog’s immune system, increasing the likelihood of illness.
Here are four common types of sleep disorders that can occur in dogs:
After a period of excitement or physical activity, a dog with narcolepsy will slump on its side and fall asleep (such as eating, playing, greeting family members, etc.). The muscles will become slack, and the dog will appear to be sleeping deeply with rapid eye movement (REM sleep). External stimuli, such as loud noises or petting, will startle the dog awake.
Narcolepsy is neither dangerous nor painful. Because it is diagnosed based on clinical indications, capturing a video of a narcoleptic episode can assist a veterinarian in correctly diagnosing this illness.
Insomnia in dogs is uncommon and usually signals another health issue. It can be caused by painful physical health conditions (such as arthritis or an injury), itching (such as fleas), or frequent urination (like kidney disease or diabetes). Insomnia can also be caused by anxiety, worry, and pent-up energy. Cognitive impairment, induced by brain atrophy, can be very severe in senior dogs.
Sleep apnea is uncommon in dogs. Excessive internal fat or aberrant respiratory anatomy might temporarily collapse or constrict the airway, jolting a dog awake for 10 to 20 seconds at a time, causing sleep apnea. These frequent sleep disruptions might leave a dog fatigued and lethargic during the day. Snoring that is loud and persistent is a common symptom of sleep apnea.
REM Behavior Disorder
REM Behavior Disorder is characterized by bodily activity during sleep. This activity can become excessive or violent for certain dogs, such as dashing into walls or attacking inanimate things. Dogs with REM Behavior Disorder will awaken normally, with no confusion or disorientation, distinguishing it from a seizure.
Tips To Help Your Puppy Sleep at Night
If you buy an expensive dog bed for a new puppy, he will most certainly eat it up. Line the crate’s bottom with a soft, felted, low-cost blanket or two. Wool blankets or mats should be avoided since they can be torn apart into long strings that might cause choking. Bring home a soft toy or baby blanket that smells like the pup’s mom and keep it in the crate if possible. Many owners keep the puppy’s kennel in their bedroom so he can feel close to his family.
Then, you create a bedtime routine. Giving your puppy a routine from the beginning will teach him that evening is for sleeping, and you will both have a better night’s sleep. Limit the pup’s food and drink intake for several hours before night. Play with him, cuddle him, and let him go potty outside.
If possible, try to maintain a quiet and dim environment in his sleeping space. Keep the volume down and the light low if you watch TV in bed. If the room receives early morning light, you may want to use blackout blinds. The silence and darkness will signal to him that it is time to sleep. If your crate is wire, you can cover it with a cover to make it darker and more den-like.
Remember, don’t give up when it’s time to go to bed. First, make sure your puppy has had a chance to relieve himself and has had plenty of physical and mental exercise during the day. By rewarding him with a treat, you can teach him to like getting into his box. Be prepared for some wailing, barking, or howling before he sleeps in for the night while he learns the pattern.
Prepare yourself for interruptions. Puppies, like human newborns, are not always ready to sleep through the night. Your puppy may require a toilet break in the middle of the night. You’ll be able to respond if he needs to go out if he’s sleeping in a crate in your bedroom. Carry him outside calmly, praise him quietly after he goes, then place him immediately back in the kennel to sleep.
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