To keep the body running at its optimum, sleep is extremely important. The Better Sleep Council states in the late 1800’s Americans averaged 9.5 hours of sleep per night; now the average is less than 7 hours. All living things on earth are “creatures of the sun” and influenced by Circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms are physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a 24-hour cycle, responding primarily to light and darkness.

Based on circadian rhythms, a general rule of paw (thumb) to follow is this: physical repair takes place between the hours of 10 pm and 2 am and psychological repair takes place between the hours of 2 am and 6 am. So, if weight loss, fighting disease or disease prevention is your goal, getting to bed by 10pm is a must! Oh, yes, and sleeping with the TV on is NOT sleeping! Any electromagnetic device causes cortisol levels to rise and quality, sound sleep is impossible. Take it from me, when the sun goes down I go down in a nice dark room and when the sun comes up, I wake up ready and rested for another exciting day – ready to romp!

Here’s to great dog sleep… I LOVE pillows!