Most people think that animals need to sleep. But some don’t! This may be surprising, but it’s true. There are many mammals and even birds that don’t sleep or need to sleep. Sleep is a command that comes from the brain, but there are many different factors that can prevent an animal from sleeping.
For example, some animals have evolved to only sleep during periods of winter when they’re less active. Other animals, like dolphins and whales, never stop swimming which allows them to act as their own “lifesavers.” Here are some of the amazing animals who don’t sleep; you might be surprised.
Why do animals need to sleep?
Everyone knows that animals need to sleep to live. They need a good night’s sleep to make it through the day. But why? There are many different ways that animals need to sleep to survive. Many animals sleep for multiple hours at a time, taking longer and longer sleeps each day until they eventually fall into a deep sleep, where they remain for many hours.
The times when an animal is awake and active are known as a “period”. This is a 24-hour period during which the animal remains awake and active while also digesting food. Many animals only sleep during periods. These include, birds, reptiles, fish, insects, and even mammals. For example, many birds only sleep for a short period of time, maybe 5 or 10 minutes, before taking another long period of sleep.
Animals that never stop moving
Dolphins and whales are famous for their ability to swim for hours without resting. It’s known as a “high breath hold” and dolphins and whales have been observed holding their breath for 90 minutes at a time! People thought this ability was special, but it turns out, it is actually their normal way of living.
Humans do not come close to being able to hold our breath for long periods of time; our maximum is around five to ten minutes. However, this amazing ability doesn’t necessarily mean these animals can’t sleep.
In fact, their brain seems to regulate their breathing and let them sleep while swimming, so they’re not actually sleeping. In addition, dolphins and whales have the unique ability to track complex movements of prey or even humans.
Some mammals that don’t sleep
Instead of sleeping, most mammals do just the opposite. If an animal can rest, they do. Many animals, such as cats, sleep on their back or on their side. This reduces the possibility of breaking their neck, which is a big concern.
In addition to sleeping, they may eat, groom themselves or interact with their young. (Photo : Eric Nowak | Getty Images) Some birds that don’t sleep Bird sleep is a little more complicated than human sleep.
Sleep may or may not occur. Some birds are active during the day, but birds at night are typically sleeping. Birds usually fall into REM sleep in the spring and summer, and usually don’t sleep during the winter. (Photo : Anne-Christine Poujoulat | Getty Images) Some amphibians that don’t sleep There is some debate over whether or not amphibians sleep.
Some birds that don’t need to sleep
Learn all about these birds: Quarter crows. These strange birds live in huge social groups and don’t sleep at all. If they do happen to have a need for sleep, they sleep during the day. These strange birds live in huge social groups and don’t sleep at all.
If they do happen to have a need for sleep, they sleep during the day. Some fishes. No, they don’t like to think about swimming, but they do sleep for a few minutes at a time in cold or even above-freezing waters. No, they don’t like to think about swimming, but they do sleep for a few minutes at a time in cold or even above-freezing waters. Horned lizards.
What keeps them awake?
For most animals, sleep is regulated by the brain. For some animals, however, it’s regulated by the pineal gland located in the brain. The pineal gland is responsible for producing melatonin (the hormone that makes you feel sleepy) when the sun goes down.
Melatonin helps us relax and go to sleep, but it also helps regulate our circadian rhythm. During the day, our bodies produce more melatonin. This helps us conserve energy by staying awake longer. The night is when our body produces less melatonin.
When this happens, we experience low energy and need to sleep. Some animals sleep only at night. While most mammals sleep throughout the day, some sleep only at night. These include cats, dogs, elephants, bats, and monkeys. Why do some animals sleep at night?
How do they stay active?
Pronghorn Antelope have huge horns, which could be used to protect themselves and their babies from predators. They may be cute and furry, but zebras and giraffes need a lot of energy to keep going all day. Animals like mantises or crickets have large muscles, which help them keep going for long periods of time.
Some insects use more than 10 million muscle cells to stay moving. A crustacean may weigh less than one ounce, but a sea turtle may be as much as 70 pounds! It can be hard to imagine an animal that large without food or water being able to move, let alone run!
How do they feel? Alpacas’ wool is called camel’s hair, and the animal is extremely well-adapted for this coat.
To find out more about why certain animals don’t need to sleep, check out the rest of the this video. It discusses why sleep is not a requirement for animals to survive and why some animals need to sleep for longer periods of time. Just keep in mind that your own animal may or may not need to sleep just because you think they do.