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When do Gerbils sleep?

Sleeping Gerbil

Sleeping is very important for all the animals on the plants. So all the creatures sleep according to their habitat. Some animals sleep in the daytime and some animals sleep at nighttime. The Gerbils sleep according to their habitat.

Gerbil’s sleeping routines

The gerbil pet does not stick to the routine of their sleeping schedules. The gerbils do not sleep 11 hours continuously. They often sleep for 1 to 2 hours, and then they wake up for 1 to 2 hours. This cycle occurs entirely day and night. Totally they sleep nearly 10 to 11 hours.

This is due to the fact that night and day do not affect them too much in their activity levels. Most gerbils are active throughout the night, too. They do like to enjoy the quiet that the night brings as they wind down for the night and to sleep. And very active creatures that will spend a lot of energy during the awake periods.

The gerbils were more active during twilight periods, so between 6 and 8 a.m. and 6 and 8 p.m.

Gerbils at dark

As the gerbils are small, they do not get scared of the dark. They only get scared of their predators. When the predators attack them, they hide inside their burrows so that the predators could not reach them. But the gerbils do not need any lights at the night to sleep. They are fine with dark or low light.

Sleeping of Baby Gerbil

Baby Gerbil Pup 1

The baby gerbil sleeps an extreme amount of time. But this habitat is completely natural. In fact, there is no difference between humans and gerbils. All the little ones sleep more and more no matter what the species is.

As they grow into adulthood, they will reduce their sleeping level. Because they will be having much strength. So, they do not need much rest as they did when they are young.

Crepuscular Gerbil

The sleeping behavior of an animal depends on a number of factors but the most important ones are the environment of the animal and its status as a predator or prey animal.

Environment for Gerbils

The Mongolian gerbils came from China, Mongolia, and Russia and are found in grassland, shrubland, and deserts. Many animals adapt their sleeping behavior to their environment and its climate. The temperature in these areas will be very high. It may reach up to 122 °F (50 °C) during the daytime. But the temperature will get very cold at night.

The gerbils do not like this kind of too cold and too hot temperatures. So, they stay in their burrow at times when the temperature is too high or too low outside.

When they live at room temperature, they will be the happiest creatures. In the hot regions, the room temperature will occur at semi-darkness, so at dawn and dusk. This will be not too hot or not too cold during this time.

Gerbils are scared of their Predators

The gerbil’s predators are birds and snakes. But the gerbils could not be the predators. So, the gerbils will try to avoid getting outside when their predators are active. But most of their predators are nocturnal(animals that are active at night). So, they will be not awake at the night to avoid the predators.

If both the gerbils and their predators are active at the same time, they would be awake and looking for food at the same time their predators are searching for their food. So, it is a bad idea for gerbils which cause danger.

Consequences of the crepuscular nature of gerbils

There are some consequences of the crepuscular behavior of gerbils. They are as follows,

  • The gerbils will be awake during the day and night
  • They sleep in short intervals (cycles)
  • The gerbils will become more active at dawn and dusk

The Crepuscular nature of the Gerbils

Cage location is important:  The cage should be placed in a location where it has full daylight during the day and has little to no light during the night.

Prevent boredom: If the gerbils are left alone, they will feel bored all the time. So, you have to bring them a pair and also provide them with some toys to play with.

Activity during the night: gerbils can make a lot of noise while they’re awake during the night.

Sleepy Gerbils

How do Gerbils sleep?

The gerbils sleeping positions are as follows,

  • Form gerbil piles: if you got a lot of gerbils in a single cage, they will sleep on top of each other. you can see this in pet stores where there are a lot of gerbils in one cage.
  • Snuggle next or on top of each other: a pair of gerbils will not form a pile but they can snuggle next to each other or top of the other.

Where do your Gerbils sleep?

Gerbils usually sleep in the burrows with chambers they’ve created. These burrows protect them from hot and cold environments. Most of the gerbil cages do not have enough space to simulate these burrows.

So you need to buy a large enough cage with enough depth that the gerbil can create burrows in the bedding material. Try to provide them with a layer of 10 to 15 inches. This will be sufficient for the gerbils to burrow. Your gerbil pets will create tunnels in the bedding to create a nest in it.

Gerbil pets sleeps together

Most of the gerbils settle together and sleep next to the other, or on top of the other to create a warmness among them. But some gerbils will be having different sleeping patterns like, when some gerbils are awake, some will be sleeping.

But this is normal. When you find out that one gerbil doesn’t sleep with a group that has a different sleeping pattern, this can be caused by a rejection from the group.

Gerbils Sleeping Together

Sleeping pattern

Gerbils are light sleepers. They will wake up if they hear any noise in the vicinity of their cage. This means that they will need another time to sleep.

This means that they will sleep while you sleep. This way gerbils can become more nocturnal (if you’re awake at night and making some noise) or more diurnal (if you’re at home during the day and making some noise).

Factors affect a gerbil’s sleeping pattern:

  • Age
  • Weather 
  • Breed 
  • Environment

Environmental factors that affect a gerbil’s sleep pattern

  • Presence of other gerbils: gerbil may find difficult to sleep because it struggles to keep itself warm
  • Human interaction: If you keep on interacting with them, they keep on playing. And also they think that their owner brings them some food. This makes them to wait without sleeping.
  • Cage conditions: The cage should have the bedding so that they will burrow and sleep there.

Tips and Tricks for better sleep

You need to provide them the best sleep, here are some tips and tricks.

  • Provide a gerbil house
  • Place the gerbil cage in a room with a natural day/night light cycle
  • Don’t put the cage near a window
  • Get at least two gerbils
  • Provide enough toys, bedding, and accessories
Tricks Sleeps

Gerbil’s oversleeping

The gerbils do oversleep only under the condition of,

  • Boredom 
  • Loneliness 
  • Tired
  • Too young
  • Too old

Gerbils can oversleep if they have health issues such as:

  • Digestive issues
  • Dental diseases 
  • Respiratory problems 
  • Injuries 
  • Infections to limbs or internal organs 
  • Sickness

Final thoughts

Sleeping is very important for all living beings. The right place and the right time for sleeping is still more important. Even the gerbils too. If they do not like the place to sleep, their health will get upset and they may undergo illness. So, make sure that your gerbil pet’s cage is in the right place and also make sure that the cage is clean.