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How much sleep do elephants need?

Learn what constitutes a restful night for an elephant.

Elephants are the largest living land animals. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]
©Jupiter Images, 2009
Elephants are the largest living land animals.

From time to time, it seems like there are too few hours in the day. If only humans could take a lesson from the elephant.

The lumbering elephant can get by on as little as three hours of sleep per night. (The laziest elephants, though, choose to doze for up to six hours an evening.)

Perhaps the elephant's abbreviated sleep schedule has something to do with the fact that the temptations of bedstead and blanket are foreign to him. After all, goose down pillows and 400-thread-count sheets are not in his rustic vocabulary.

In fact, elephants spend most of their sleeping time standing up, although they do lay down for short spells. Easy to see, then, why sleep would not be among an elephant's top priorities!

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