Why do dogs sleep so much?

Do you ever worry that your dog is sleeping too much? Have no fear, it’s perfectly normal! Research suggests there are a number of factors that make your dog sleep so much, such as their age, their lifestyle, amount of exercise, and their breed. We are going to break down those reasons for you, and explain why they can have an impact.


A dog’s age can have a big impact on how much sleep they get. Puppies need their sleep just as much as older dogs. Newborn puppies can sleep up to 22 hours a day! As your pup starts to mature beyond the newborn stage, they are more likely to get around 15-20 hours dreaming away.

Puppies exert more energy which is why they need more sleep. As your pooch matures beyond the puppy stage, they sleep less because they’re more active. As they mature they begin to sleep more. So the amount of sleep they got often comes down to their age and you can expect to see fluctuations as they grow older.


Sometimes, the amount of sleep your pooch gets can be a concern, especially if it changes suddenly. There’s no harm in having your vet check them. There can be medical reasons that your dog is sleeping excessively, with diabetes being a common cause. A telltale sign of diabetes is lethargy and excessive sleep, so it’s worth getting them checked out if you feel this is a concern.

Too much sleep is a symptom of a number of different diseases that can affect your furry friend, so get them checked out for your own peace of mind.


Everyone knows how much dogs love to run around, play and feel the freedom that open fields offer them. Sometimes it feels like their energy is endless, but this can make them sleep more.

Dogs also sleep when they’re bored, so it’s important to ensure they get as much exercise as possible. An active dog actually sleeps less than a non-active dog, because they build up more energy by exercising. It’s important you give them plenty of activities to help stimulate their minds and bodies.

If you have a working dog, they are also more likely to need extra sleep. They spend a lot of their time being alert and aware of what’s going on around them when they relax, which makes them drowsy and need rest.

Changes in Lifestyle

Major changes in a dog’s life can have an impact on their sleeping patterns, such as the loss of a companion or a change in scenery.

If you move home, this can sometimes have an impact on how much sleep your dog gets. It takes them time to learn and trust their new surroundings and get used to where their dog bed is placed. Bedding your puppy into their new environment is as important for dogs as it is for humans.

The loss of a companion can not only be felt by you, but by your dog as well. It changes their routine, and they do miss their trusty friend. So if it seems like they have a different sleeping pattern, whether this is more or less sleep, this is normal. You just need to keep an eye on them and give them double the amount of love and attention.

Breed & Size

The breed and size of your dog can have an impact on their sleep patterns. The larger the dog, the more they like to sleep. Smaller dogs tend not to sleep as long. Larger breeds like the Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Mastiffs, Newfoundlands, and St Bernards often need more sleep than their smaller counterparts.

How often do dogs sleep?

Dogs sleep incredibly sporadically, and often very on and off. Dogs don’t sleep as deeply as we do, and you’ll often find they move around a lot in the evening.

Dogs have heightened senses, so are roused easily by noises and smells. They also see a lot better than we do in the dark, and although we don’t see 4am as a fun time to be awake, it can be for a dog.

Give them a good night’s sleep

At Raised by Humans, we stock a range of designer dog beds for dogs of all different shapes, sizes and breeds. Each one perfectly designed so that your pup gets all the sleep they need to recharge their batteries.

By Raised By Humans