Dogs sleep just like humans, and they can also experience sleep disorders. Some of the most common sleep disorders in dogs include:Insomnia: Insomnia is rare in dogs, but it can occur if your dog is experiencing pain, anxiety, or another medical condition.
Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that causes dogs to suddenly fall asleep. It is often accompanied by cataplexy, which is a sudden loss of muscle tone.
Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that can cause dogs to wake up gasping for air. It is more common in overweight and brachycephalic (short-nosed) breeds.
If your dog is sleeping more than usual during the day, it may be a sign of a sleep disorder.
Dogs with sleep disorders may have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. They may also toss and turn or make noises during the night.
Dogs with sleep disorders may experience behavioral changes, such as anxiety, aggression, or irritability.
The treatment for dog sleep disorders will vary depending on the specific disorder and the underlying cause. For example, dogs with insomnia may need to be treated for the underlying medical condition that is causing their insomnia.