Sleep is one of the most basic need of every living creature on earth. It is the state were you start to close your eyes to rest and regenerate energy for the next day. Lack of sleep can make a person go grumpy, feeble, restless, and unfocused. Some people take a sip of coffee or an energy drink to at least help them do their daily task. But what happens if your dog is experiencing lack of sleep, and what needs to be done to fix it?
Some dog owners feel that their dogs are like furry human with paws. I can’t seem to disagree with that because just like humans, they also suffer with sleep disorder. Your dog might be experiencing sleep loss if there is a delay in response or they are unresponsive when you call them, lack of energy, and they sleep for an extended period of time. You may also hear them barking, whining, and pacing through the night. There are several reasons why they go through it, and sometimes it’s related to a negative experience, anatomy, or genetic disorder.
When your dog is lonely, it is hard for them to have a good night’s sleep. This is usually experienced by puppies who are not used to being away from their mother and siblings, and is in need of time to adjust to the new environment. The best thing to help them with the adjustment process is to have his crate near your bedside so he’ll know that you are just within reach. You may also want to let them sleep beside a ticking clock to imitate his mother’s heartbeat or a warm water bottle in a blanket to make him feel that he’s just right next to the other pups and his mom.
Adult dogs also experience loneliness if they were ignored by their master or tied in one place. Simple petting, a belly-rub, or light play will help them release happy hormones that is necessary for a better sleep. Others may also have a hard time sleeping due to physical health issues that may be painful like itch due to fleas and ticks, injury, and frequent urination, and all of that needs to be addressed by a vet.
Sleep apnea is another reason why dogs can’t fall asleep at night. But what is sleep apnea? It is a disorder which the patient breathing stops and starts repeatedly and it is most common for dogs who are obese and flat faced dogs like pugs, and bulldogs. If you hear your dog snoring, and waking up during the night, it’s a sign that he’s experiencing sleep apnea. To help them get over the sleepless night, you may want to get them a steam humidifier. However, it is still best to consult your veterinarian regarding this so you will get the best and long term treatment for your pup, because untreated sleep apnea can be life-threatening.
Unusual sleeping pattern in your dog may have been a clue about his health condition. Once your dog has shown signs and symptoms of sleep disorder, you must not ignore it and see your vet immediately.