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How Do Rabbits Sleep?

How would you feel if someone called your pet bunny crepuscular? Don’t worry, it’s not an insult - the word denotes animals that tend to be most active during dawn and dusk (as opposed to nocturnal animals, that are active at night, and diurnal animals, which are active during the day).

This crepuscular nature means that rabbits may be very dozy during the day. If you want to play with your pet rabbit but you find they keep falling asleep, try moving play-time to earlier in the morning or towards the evening.

Rabbits are prey animals, and because of this they take great comfort in the company of other bunnies, even when they’re sleeping. It makes them feel safe. In fact, rabbits will be happiest if they are with other rabbits at all times. This is why it’s recommended to get a pair of bunnies rather than just one.


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Rabbits love company – even when they’re sleeping

Rabbits don’t have the same sleep cycles as humans. On average, a person will get 8 hours of sleep a night. Rabbits on the other hand will wake up periodically during the night and catch up on sleep during the day. They have to be awake at night in order to stay alert against attacks from predators.

Rabbits have various sleeping positions. If they live in colder climates they’ll sleep curled up in a little furry ball. This helps limit the amount of skin they leave exposed to the cold air. If you live in a hotter climate, your rabbits won’t need to sleep in these warmer positions. If it’s a particularly hot day, your rabbits will opt to sleep a little further way from one another.

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