When we think of sleepy animals, some of you might say teenagers (we’ve all been there), but more than likely you will think of a sloth. At least off the top of your head, it’ll be in your top 3 sleepiest animals. But what if I was to tell you that it might not be the case. Not by a long shot. In fact, sloths are only meant to sleep an average of 9-10 hours a day. That’s about the same as a human teenager (so you weren’t far off with their similarities).
Due to the slow movement of a sloth, we can sometimes be tricked in to thinking that this would correlate to them be lazy and therefore long sleepers. But they seem like earlier risers compared to Koalas who having a very relaxed 14.5 hours sleep, on average. Even though these eucalyptus munching tree dwellers might be taking life in the slightly slower lane, they still aren’t the sleepiest critters of them all. Can you guess which is?
If you said brown bats, then you’d be spot on. These winged, fuzzy little friends sleep for an average of 20 hours a day. That’s about 83% of their day in the land of nod. Maybe we should be targeting brown bats our wonderfully soft duvets, squidgy pillows and luxurious mattresses!
What do you think? Shocked…or did you know all along?