Rabbits are the cutest and most adorable pet out there. You cannot think of the word cuteness and not get reminded of rabbits for once; they are that relevant. They are straightforward to handle or maintain, small in size, and an excellent pet to get if you want one.
If you are a busy worker who does not have much time to dedicate to their pet but wants to get one, rabbits are the perfect choice for you. About other pet animals, they need minimal maintenance and do not need your constant attention.
Now, before you decide to get a rabbit for yourself, you should have explicit knowledge about their lifestyle and patterns. One of the essential aspects to know about is their sleeping pattern, which is quite distinct and different from humans’.
To get a detailed insight into their sleeping habits, give this article a read, and you will not regret it for sure!
When do rabbits sleep?
Rabbits tend to follow a different sleeping cycle than humans. They are crepuscular creatures meaning they tend to stay active during the dawn and dusk more than the daytime. Their physiological and neurological responses are always active during the nighttime to watch out for predators. Thus, this is their instinctive nature to sleep during the daytime and stay awake or, in some cases, wake through the nighttime. Their sleeping cycle is of immense importance for their well-being and daily activities.
How do rabbits sleep?
These fluffy munchkins sleep with either their eyes open or closed. It can be challenging for you to tell if they are sleeping; but specific signs such as snoring, relaxed ears, or no nose wiggling can let you know if they are asleep.
Now that you have a rough idea about their sleeping pattern and cycle, let us broaden our horizons in this regard.
Rabbits need a fair amount of sleep to get through their day. They need a least 8 hours of sleep daily for which you need to provide them with enough comfort.
If they are getting enough sleep that will reflect on their well-being and characteristics; if they do not get such you need to consider medical help in that case immediately.
This is because when they have an underlying medical problem, their sleeping cycle gets disrupted, and it becomes easier for the owner to check their health conditions by observing their sleeping pattern.
If you do find out any abnormalities, we recommend consulting a vet without much delay.
Keeping these facts in mind let us move on to the next segment, discuss in more refined details, and learn when and how they sleep.
How to know if your rabbit is asleep?
To know if your bunny is asleep, you can look for the following changes or signs:
Teeth grinding is one of the most straightforward and most familiar signs you will observe while your pet rabbit is asleep. Some bunnies also make noises while sleeping or dreaming. Observing these signs will make you accustomed to their sleeping habits.
Nature of sleeping:
Your bunny can either be a deep or a light sleeper. Some rabbits snore and seem to be in a deep sleep, but a sharp and short noise can wake them up. Observing their Nature of sleep for some days can make you gain knowledge about this.
Movements during sleep:
There can be two extreme varieties of movements during sleep. They can either relax and be calm or can experience abrupt and rapid movements. The former movement is atonic, whereas the latter is myoclonic. Rapid movements may also include heavy snoring.
Position of sleeping:
They may differ among them, but mostly they follow either of the three positions. Your bunny may sleep on their side, hunch up and tuck itself underneath or lie flat on their stomach.
Usual sleeping habits of bunnies:
Rabbits usually sleep in two phases. Instead of sleeping for 8 hours straight like humans, they take power naps in two distinct phases.
The first one is at noontime, and the other one is at midnight. But, the latter phase is the most variable. It varies among them, but they sleep at midnight and wake up near dawn.
Their internal or biological mechanism regulates this cycle.
If you find it confusing to detect your bunny’s exact sleeping pattern, you may consult a veterinarian for the best suggestions.
Where do rabbits sleep?
They need a warm and soft place to snuggle in. They are massive fans of sleep. They often snuggle with the rabbits residing in the same cage or burrow.
Make sure their cage is a safe and warm or cozy place to sleep in. Also, do not light up the place too much or make it too dark either.
Natural daylight should reach their place because it works as an alarm for them. Dusk and dawn are the two-time points when they remain the most active. They get to know these time points by the intensity of the natural light.
So, make sure they find the required amount of light in their cage or bunny house. Apart from this, you should ensure that the place is not noisy or free from disturbances.
Can you change your rabbit’s sleeping cycle?
It can be a nightmare for some owners when their bunnies wake up in the middle of the night and start making noises.
Most of the time, such noises are due to their chewing or digging habits. They might want their owner to engage in some playful activities at that hour—depending on their mood.
For such reasons, it is imperative to change their activities during the night-time. Since their biological clock differs from humans, it is the only resort you have to settle such chaos.
Make your bunny exercise during the daytime:
It is a must to make your fluffy friend do some playful exercises or activities during the daytime. In doing so, they will get tired by dusk (which is one of the prime time points for them to stay awake). In turn, this will make sure they fall asleep during the night-time and that they sleep for longer hours.
Train them to follow a routine:
Follow a routine and make sure they imbibe that. You can make changes to their environment, such as regulating the intensity of artificial lights so that they can know if it’s time to sleep or stay awake. You can also make them develop conditional reflexes such as pulling down the curtains—that can be a sign of bed-time for them.
Let them be cage-free:
Often, at night, bunnies get too bored in their cage, and out of boredom, they might make squeaky noises or dig on their bed. It might be huge trouble for you or your family during the night-time. Thus, let them be free and on their own. Let them decide where to snuggle in or feel comfortable.
Make your house bunny-proof:
Try to make sure that fewer objects can dig on, less noisy objects around them (they tend to make noises at times), or objects they can chew on. This will prevent them from making unwanted sounds at night and give you and your family a sound sleep.
So, this was a complete guide to knowing how and when rabbits sleep. We hope you have had a great learning experience.
We recommend you to take care of their sleep the most because it can decide if your little friend is or is about to become sick. The more you look after them, the more playful they will be around you.
So, give them all the love they need because they deserve it!