TOP 10 ANIMALS WITH SPECIAL SLEEPING HABITS
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Everyone loves to take a good nap, but it can be difficult for wildlife to find the right time and place.
Whether it's staying away from predators, warming up, or remembering to breathe, there are many things to consider when it comes to sleeping and animals have found many weird and wonderful solutions.
This may not seem like the ideal position for sleeping, but for bats 🦇, sleeping upside down works. Not only does it keep them away from predators, but it also allows them to fly away if necessary. They also don't have to worry about falling, as their strong legs hold them in place.
9) SEA OTTERS
For the sea otters, water is where it is when it comes to napping. Floating on their backs keeps them away from land predators, while wrapping themselves in algae keeps them from drifting away with currents. Sometimes up to 100 sea otters can be seen sleeping together in this way in what is called an otter raft. Some may even hold hands with another otter to keep them together while they take a nap.
Can you imagine sleeping for only five minutes at a time and as little as 30 minutes a day? This is exactly what giraffes 🦒. Being a large animal in the middle of open plains makes it impossible to take a safe nap, as any time spent sleeping is time threatened by predators. They therefore take short naps, sometimes sitting down with their head on their backs, but often standing and ready to run.
Unlike us, the Dolphins 🐬 must consciously think about breathing, even when sleeping. Therefore, they only close half of their brains at a time and sleep with one eye open, which is known as sleep unihemispherical. Besides preventing them from drowning, it also means that they stay on the lookout for potential danger or predators.
6) SUPERB FRIGATE
The superb Frigates can stay in flight for months. It's an impressive feat, but it is even more so when you think about the way they sleep - in 7 to 12 seconds. Birds tend to spend around 40 minutes a day sleeping when they are flying, which is considerably less than when on land.
Chimpanzees and the other great apes like to snuggle up against the wall and curl up when they sleep. They build their nests high in trees using branches and leaves, which protects them from predators. Chimpanzees are particularly picky and choose the sturdiest trees to build their nests.
Sometimes it's helpful to work together to make sure you're all safe in your sleep, and that's exactly what ducks do. Ducks tend to sleep in rows, side by side. And more, Ducks from the outside sleep with one eye open and watch for danger while the ducks in the middle relax with both eyes closed.
The companies Meerkats are prioritized and led by alpha males and females. These are very united societies, as evidenced by their cozy sleep habits, because they tend to sleep in heaps with alpha meerkats in the middle, as far as possible from any danger.
Sleeping upright has its advantages when you are a prey animal, as you remain ready to flee danger. Many animals have this ability, Horses 🐎 are an example of this. To do this effectively, horses use a supporting device, which is an adaptation of the musculoskeletal system allowing them to block their limbs in place.
However, they go to bed from time to time, as sleeping on their feet only allows for a light sleep.
Wouldn't it be nice to be able to sleep anywhere? Well, if you were a walrus, you'd be able to. They sleep in water as well as on land and at any time. At sea, they remain floating with their heads on the surface, filling their pharyngeal pockets with air, which are elastic pockets on either side of their esophagus.
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