When Do Rabbits Sleep? – All About Rabbit Sleeping

It is a common question from the new bunny parents that when their bunnies sleep. They become confused because of the bunny’s sleeping style. Because Some Bunny close their eyes and some semi-close while sleeping.

Rabbits are crepuscular, not nocturnal! Crepuscular means they are active at dusk and dawn. Rabbits sleep in the midday or midnight if they get their favorable condition. Like the human, rabbits need an eight-hour sound sleep.

Anyway, understanding the rabbit sleeping, you could be interested in some other facts. So, let’s explore the facts about rabbit sleeping.

Do rabbits sleep at night?

Yes, obviously. Though Darkness is not mandatory for sleeping to the rabbit, the rabbit usually judges their sleeping time based on their energy level. If they feel exhausted, like after playing or exploring their surroundings, they fall asleep. 

But the scenario is not the same as the wild rabbit. There is a vast difference between the pet rabbit and wild rabbit. Since rabbits are prey animals, they always become alert to save them.

So, the wild animal only sleeps when they think that their surroundings are safe. Otherwise not.

When you adopt a new bunny and get them in your home, they usually become cautious due to the new environment. So, in the beginning, your rabbit could be nervous.

But by the passing of time, your bunny will be accustomed to the environment. When they become accustomed to the condition, there is no hard and fast rule of their sleeping time.

Do Rabbits Sleep At Day?

Yes, pet rabbits sleep in both day and night time. At the beginning of this article, I mentioned that the rabbit becomes active in the dusk and dawn.

After an active period, they become exhausted and fall asleep in the morning like the night. You know it is directly related to the stomach’s energy level and condition (full or empty).

How Many Hours Do Rabbits Sleep A Day?

Pet rabbit usually sleeps around 8 hours a day. Like the human being, 8 hours sleeping in a day is the sign of a healthy rabbit.

Yes, the sleeping time may vary from breed to breed or for the rabbit’s surroundings. You will found a lot of pet rabbits that sleep around 10 hours a day.   

Anyway, there is a correlation between sleep and food. If you don’t provide enough hay and pellet food, your bunny will be hungry. You know no one can sleep in a hungry belly.

Bunnies are not different in this case. So, you should provide the right food to your rabbit.

However, despite ensuring the relaxing environment and the right food, you don’t see your bunny sleeping, don’t worry. It is their genetic traits to become aware even in sleeping time.

Rabbit Sleeping Positions

It is crucial to know about the actual sleeping position of your rabbit.

Generally, rabbits lie on their side or front position when sleeping. You may also find a sleeping rabbit in the loaf position. Their body relaxes and breathing slowly. Yes, you may find some rabbits snoring while sleeping. 

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Do Rabbits Sleep with Eyes Open or Closed?

It depends on the rabbits actually. Some rabbit entirely closes their eyes while sleeping. Also, some of them keep half closing.

So, in most cases, rabbit parents become confused about whether their rabbit is sleeping or not.

If you find all the symptoms of sleeping like a relaxed body, snoring, slow breathing, you could be assured that your bunny is sleeping then.

Where do Rabbits Sleep?

Rabbit is a social creature. They love to sleep in a comfortable bed. There are different types of rabbit bedding available in the market.

I’ve already written an in details blog post on rabbit bedding. Here, I only mention the types. You could select any of them according to your convenience.

  • Crumble Paper bedding
  • Aspen bedding
  • Hemp Bedding
  • Paper Pulp Bedding
  • Paper Pellets
  • Fleece bedding
  • Hay
  • Megazorb
  • Straw pellet

Apart from these types of bedding, you could use DIY bedding for rabbits.

How To Make A Rabbit Sleep At Night?

It is really disturbing if your bunny stays up in the night. You know bunny loves to explore their surroundings, chewing toys and nearby things. So, it is a widespread problem for rabbit parents.

However, it is impossible to command your bunny. Your bunny never pays heed to you whatever you do.

So, it would be better to apply some tricks to make your bunny exhausted in the night time.

Exercise Your Rabbit

You know rabbits are active in the dusk. So, you could set up an exercise pen in your yard for playing and exercise purposes.

Keep your bunny in the exercise pen and allow them a free movement until they become exhausted.

Or you could use a rabbit playpen inside your house. Playpen works both as a case and a playground.

I hope by applying these simple tricks, you could control your bunny.

Final Thoughts

So, rabbits are unique creatures, indeed. They are not like other herbivores. Naturally, they are active, energetic and aware animals. That is why they are one of the best pets, and people love them.

Don’t worry about when doing your rabbit sleep. Your bunny is ok until you see any unnatural activities or behavior of your bunny.

Alex

Alex is a full-time rabbit lover and part-time Biologist. He is a proud parent of two rabbits. It's his childhood dream to rescue endangered animals and make the world better for living.

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