Upgrade Your Dog’s Sleep
If there’s one thing that dogs have their paws on the pulse of it’s sleep! Whether on their bed, on your bed, on the couch, or on the floor, dog owners everywhere are envious of how much their dog can snooze.
But what if your dog’s sleep is not quality sleep? What if they are catching most of their snoozes during the day and are restless at night? We know that sleep is super important to our dogs so we have the tips and products to help you get your dog sleeping better through the night!
Why quality sleep is important for your dog
Just like us, dogs need sleep in order to stay healthy in mind and body. A good rest not only provides their body the recharge needed to maintain a strong immune system, but quality shuteye also gives their brains a chance to process all the day’s events and improve their memory.
While your dog lies in a dreamland sleep, the cells in their brains and body are regenerating to allow for stronger and more healthy joints and muscles. A restful sleep also increases your dog’s natural production of antibodies which, in turn, allows them to stay healthy!
How do you feel after a good night’s sleep? Refreshed? Energized? Happier? Your dog gets all those benefits as well! Quality sleep isn’t just important for humans.
How many hours of sleep does my dog need at night?
Out of the 12 to 18 hours a day that an adult dog logs in sleep, approximately 8-9 of those hours should be spent in night time slumber. However, age and breed can have a big impact on these sleepy hours!
Puppies: Anyone who has ever owned a puppy knows that sleep comes quickly and often for these pint-sized pooches! With an average of 20 hours a day spent in snoozy snuggles, most puppies should be getting an average of 6-10 of those hours at night. Of course, potty breaks can account for a more staggered sleep schedule, but by 8-12 months of age, most puppies should be getting about 30%-40% of their total sleep at night.
Seniors: As we get older our sleep becomes more important – and more frequent! The same is true for older dogs. Depending on breed, most dogs will start logging more naps and earlier bedtimes around 7-8 years of age. Senior dogs require more sleep than their younger counterparts because the changes in their bodies require more downtime to recharge! Rest assured that this change in sleep pattern is completely normal and natural.
Breeds: Certain dog breeds require more shuteye than others and the results are often surprising! Tiny breeds like Chihuahuas and Dachshunds typically only need 14-16 hours a day in order to be at their best. Whereas larger breeds, such as Great Danes and Mastiffs need closer to 18 hours a day for a fully rested recharge. When it comes to sleep, size really does matter!
Three reasons your dog isn’t sleeping at night
While there are many factors that can impact a dog’s night time sleep, there are three common reasons why your dog may have restless night wiggles. Here are some ways you can help them sleep better!
- High Energy Levels – An exercised dog is a tired dog! One of the biggest reasons your pup may not be able to settle into slumber at night is because they still have energy to get out! While keeping your dog physically and mentally stimulated all day long is important, those end of day, nighttime walks or play sessions are key to their nighttime sleep. So before you both snuggle in for the night, enjoy one last walk together or a round of play with dog toys to tire everyone out!
- Separation Anxiety – There is a reason the saying “man’s bed friend” rings so true for dog owners – our pups are family! And your dog feels the same about you! Separation anxiety can occur in any dog and leaves them feeling stressed or fearful when left alone for too long. But there are many ways you can help ease your dog’s worries and get them sleeping better through the day and night! Try keeping a soft blanket on their bed or favorite nap spot that will help provide them calm and comfort when you are out. You can also leave one of your unwashed shirts with them, too – a familiar smell will help to quickly calm the anxiety!
- Too Uncomfortable – Have you ever been able to sleep well on a bumpy mattress or with a lumpy pillow? Your dog doesn’t like uncomfortable sleeping situations either, and that could be the reason they are up all night. Thankfully, Omlet has designed several sleeping solutions that are not only undeniable in dog comfort, but they can be perfectly placed anywhere in your home!
Your dog may need a more denlike space to snooze and snuggle, so the Fido Nook Luxury Dog Crate and Bed designed by Omlet is the ideal answer to snoozy prayers! Or maybe their dog bed just needs an upgrade just like our mattresses often do. In that case, the Topology Dog Bed also from Omlet allows you to not only customize your dog’s specific sleeping style, but their design style as well!
Can my dog sleep in bed with me?
Sharing your bed with your dog can be a truly enjoyable experience! However, while many dog owners agree that co-sleeping with your furry friend is harmless, there can be some drawbacks to shared snuggles.
If your dog is prone to separation anxiety or regular stress, then allowing them to snooze alongside you at night may provide them the sense of security they need to sleep restfully. Plus, snuggling with your pup is a terrific bonding experience. Allowing your dog to co-sleep with you can also strengthen both your relationship and happiness! And we all know that sleepy dogs are happy dogs!
But some of the drawbacks in sharing your bed with your dog could potentially be impactful to your health. If you have any dog hair or dander allergies, then co-sleeping at night with your dog is not the best idea! Spending the night covered in dog hair will lead to nightmares rather than good sleep. So in this case, make sure fido has a comfortable dog bed that they will love just as if it were yours!
Creating a bedtime routine
Dogs are creatures of habit, so establishing a routine around bedtime will not only appease their innate desires for consistency, but it will also ensure a better night’s sleep! We have dug up several tips that will help make night time tuck in a breeze for you and your dog. Use just a few or incorporate them all to maintain a regular and restful night’s sleep!
- Because exercise is key to a dog’s sleep demeanor, start by setting a time right before bed to have one last run in the yard. Whether a long walk around the block or just a quick game of fetch, your dog’s breed and exercise needs will help you determine what activity is best to help tire them out!
- Keep mealtime consistent! Feeding your dog at the same time every night before bed triggers an association signal in their brains. When dinner is served they know that bedtime is right around the corner. And this will make sleeping through the night much easier!
- Bathroom before bedtime is essential! Just before you are ready to snuggle up under the covers, be sure your dog has one last potty break to empty their bladder. Both you and your dog will be thankful!
- If you crate train your dog for a more secure slumber, be sure to keep the crate somewhere quiet and calm for the night. Whether that’s your bedroom or another cozy spot, your dog will more easily fall asleep and stay asleep in their dog crate when in peaceful surroundings!
- Final tuck in for bed! Make sure your dog has a comfortable and supportive bed to spend the night. The Topology Dog Bed designed by Omlet not only gives your dog the snuggled cozyness they desire, but it will keep them comfy all night long. Add a soft dog blanket to their bed and bedtime is sure to be a success!
Upgrading the quality of your dog’s sleep is often just as easy as upgrading their routines and sleep spots. With a little patience, a lot of love, and an Omlet dog bed, your dog will be drifting off to dreamland in no time!
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