Do you ever think about what your pet is dreaming about? Thanks to a study performed by People, you can finally put those questions to rest.
Dr. Deirdre Barrett from Harvard University has said that although there has been countless studies on humans while they sleep, there’s not much that we know about animal’s subconscious mind.
Dr. Barrett was asked about the differences between human dreams and animal dreams. He stated:
“Anything about what animals dream, or even if they dream, is speculative,” she said in her response. “What we do know for sure is that most mammals have a similar sleep cycle to humans, going into a deep sleep stage, in which the brain is much less active, and then into periods of activity called Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, in which dreams occur for humans. That certainly makes it the best guess that other mammals are dreaming, too.”
“In terms of potential differences, we know that small animals, like mice, go through the sleep stages much more quickly so they would likely be having shorter, more frequent dreams,” Dr. Barrett said in her interview.
Dr. Barrett said when asked about dogs and their dreams. “Since dogs are generally extremely attached to their human owners, it’s likely your dog is dreaming of your face, your smell and of pleasing or annoying you.”
So next time your dog is sleeping, just know that he’s dreaming of you.
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