Do you think a dog can teach us about sleep? If yes then you are absolutely right because they do teach us incredibly. Dogs can learn a lot of things from human beings but in this article we are going to discuss what dogs teach us especially in terms of sleep.
What about Sleep?
Sleep is a natural phenomenon in all the living things present around the globe. It is obviously found with humans as well as dogs or canines. Every living thing experience some sleep cycles which always vary. Sleep cycles for dogs and human are almost similar that include a mix of REM and stage sleep. Human beings experience only four or five sleep cycles consecutively but on the other hand dogs experience twenty or even more cycles. These cycles are shorter and scattered throughout the day and night in the case of dogs. Dogs can get down and get up in a sleep wake rhythm. This rhythm is also known as segmented sleep. This sleeping and waking of dogs in short segments bring tighter integration or weave of the states of consciousness. It is suggested by the repeatedly getting down of the dog that they never ever venture far from their sleep. Dogs can keep it readily accessible and close at hand. It is researched that almost every dog could nap on cue.
If we look at the historical evidences, then they suggest, prior to the revolution in industry humans had more sleep wake rhythm especially segmented sleep wake rhythm. Waking days are naturally woven with rest and repose. Wakefulness was considered to be perfectly normal and common during nighttime. Sleep was restricted to only a limited portion of night due to increase in industrialization. Relentless productivity is also escalated by this rise of industrialization. Unlike dogs, we humans now normally sleep in night and remain awake in day time. On the other hand, dogs can keep their sleep with easy reach. Their passionate waking response is modulated with regular repose but humans have segregated the states of waking and sleep. As a result, the waking consciousness of humans developed into a kind of relentless mental buzz which is known as hyper arousal.
It is a term which is often misinterpreted for passion but in reality it is not. It is primary element in the epidemic of insomnia and leaves us wired and tired. Most effective approach for breaking of this momentum of hyper arousal is demonstrated by dogs in their ability to quickly submit to sleep. Consistent willingness to descend and to come down is an act of humility. They have been a kind of humility symbol in different myths around the globe and across the time. Humility is considered to be an antidote to hyper arousal. Roots of the humility are in Latin word humus which means ground or earth.
Isaac Sleeps in a Matter of Seconds
Here we have an example in this regard. This example is about a Siberian husky named Isaac. According to the owner, Isaac loves to play Frisbee. She often witnessed his great passion for gaming. He used to do a slow motion fight while lunging and twisting in order to capture his prize. When she paused the Frisbee game while having a phone call, Isaac glared at her and then plopped suddenly down to sleep. Isaac like other canines had a sleep wake rhythm. He had great capacity for achieving depths of repose and peaks of activity. He dropped easily into sleep in a matter of seconds. He used to sleep so deeply like a heavy stone in the water. If we talk about his sleep-wake rhythm, he was not narcoleptic. He was simply dogged. In order to set in for a sleep, he spiraled downward on the ground over a specific spot. Unlike cats, that ascend to sleep, Isaac and many other dogs literally get down. Canines remind humans that falling asleep is also a kind of humility. Addiction to perpetual soaring is also the reason for the stemming out of hyper arousal. Perceptual soaring is a kind of chronic resistance to let the ego based and ordinary waking self go. There are many cases in which canines sleep all the time. This problem is called ‘narcolepsy’. A dog with such a condition sleeps more than a normal dog.
Exactly What We Can Learn from Dogs
There have been a lot of debates in this regard over recent years. Some says dogs can teach nothing to humans but according to many researches and observations it is concluded that dogs can teach us in terms of our sleep. Human beings should be dogged up when it comes to their sleep wake rhythms. We as human being must acknowledge the interdependence of getting down and getting up. We should try to surrender our self especially waking self with the humility of a canine at bedtime.
Canines can easily sleep at any place on the ground or floor without any hesitation. But we cannot accept ourselves to sleep on the floor or ground. We always try to find a high place like comfortable bed or mattress.
We should also try to find some time for nap in the day time. If we remain wake throughout the day and spend our day only on work then this will be unhealthy for us. We must take a nap for some time like canines.
We often come in contact with people who use to sleep all the time. This is also not good for health at all. We should divide our sleep segments in a proper manner. For example, one cycle during day time and two or three should be during nighttime. Two or three cycles during nighttime means we should open our eye for at least one or two times during night sleep rather than to sleep like a dead person. All these points are beneficial for human health in their own. So try to develop these above mentioned habits of canines for your sleeping order.