7 Super Sleepy Animals That Just Need A Nap
March 13, 2017
Aren’t naps just the best? How often do you look back to your pre-school days and think, “How did I ever NOT want to take a nap?” Well, it turns out we aren’t the only ones who enjoy a midday snooze. Check out these 7 super sleepy animals that will make you wish it was naptime!
Did you know that whales can turn off one half of their brains at a time when they sleep? This phenomenon is called unihemispheric sleep and allows these animals to make essential movements, like nodding above the surface to breathe while also fitting in a mid-morning nap.
For the record, we do not suggest you nap like these guys…
Did you know that sea otters actually sleep at sea? Sometimes they sleep in strands of kelp to keeps them from drifting off *pun intended* and have even been seen - get this - holding paws!
Albatrosses can sleep while they are in flight. That is basically a super power...
Sloths are known for being slow and lazy...but they can’t help it! Their extremely slow metabolism is great for digesting their leafy diet, but not so great for giving them an energy boost.
Let sleeping sharks swim. Seriously. Some sharks need to constantly be moving in order to breathe and this includes when they are asleep.
6. Sea Lions
If you can fall asleep on a rock you get two thumbs up in our book! And we’ll do you one better. Sea lions commonly fall asleep upright with their heads thrown back, noses pointed upward.
7. Polar Bears
Conserving energy in the chilly Arctic is of the utmost importance! When not hunting, polar bears can be found resting or sleeping. Or...During the summertime when sea ice hunting grounds are sparse, polar bears will spend up to 1/3 of their day resting or sleeping.