Have you ever observed your dog deep sleeping? They start to shake, twitch and sometimes start whimpering even often howling. We call this REM sleep, but what does it all mean for our dogs. And just how powerful does this sleep pattern have on our dogs?
REM Sleep Is Good For Dogs (dreaming)
The exact function of dog sleep is still a mystery, but one intriguing theory by Francis Crick, the co-discoverer of DNA, Discovered that REM sleep otherwise know as rapid eye movement if denied in a dog can affect their behaviour! Deep sleep deprivation could be due to a over excited dog, or a dog that has one eye on its owner in fear of them leaving them at any time for example.
All dogs need a certain amount of deep sleep patterns, and if what Francis Crick is true? Then making sure your dog has a good amount of quality sleep is essential to go some way from preventing behaviour problems later. It is important to establish deep sleep or encourage it as much as possible.
REM sleep is like a shock therapy to the brain
Francis crick says that REM sleep is a natural shock therapy for the brain, helping the dog to rid their mind of excess information.
A dog which is REM sleep deprived certainly suffer from the lack of it and can produce more adrenalin to keep functioning throughout the day. This can cause behaviour problems! Francis Crick also suggests that a dog will build up a backlog of REM sleep requirements, taking some time for a dogs REM patterns to return and to aide good behaviour.
How did Francis Crick discover this vital information
Mr Crick woke a dog displayed REM sleeping and reported that the dog started to display behaviour problems after he carried out this process. No recording of details of the behaviours displayed from the dog were found.
When Mr Crick allowed the dog to sleep through REM sleep, that he discovered after some time for the dog to return back to its previous behaviours. The article did not state how long he carried out his work into deep sleep and how many dogs he tried it on! But there are reason why dogs perform the actions they do while they deep sleep?
In my own observations I noticed that a dog of mine would REM sleep, accompanied with vocal tones of whimpering, whistling yawning affects and even growling and barking too. Can REM transform your dogs behaviour? Their needs to be more research about a dogs sleep patterns and the effects it has on behaviour, before we know, but lets not discount it yet.
Encourage REM Sleep In Your Dog
REM sleep is therapeutic for a dog. Allowing your dog to rest in an un-disturb place to help aide this natural healing process will help. The more your dog experiences REM sleep the more they are likely to become balanced.