It’s hard to say why dogs suffer from what we think of as human ailments, but it happens. Personally, I think that so much of these modern health issues stem from not only living in close proximity to us (effectively absorbing our tension and bad habits), but also from the lack of natural diet and environment to which they’ve been subjected.

Enter: Canine Insomnia.

The reasons are many and varied, so let’s do a little dive into some of the more common reasons why your pup can’t sleep at night.

Before we get started though, note that dogs are creatures of habit. The answer to your pet’s sleep issues could be as simple as establishing a nighttime routine. This is especially important if you yourself have a varying schedule due to shift work or poor sleep hygiene on your part.

Excess Energy

The easiest place to start is looking at your pet’s exercise routine. Is she totally dependent upon you for outings? Do you both spend your days hanging around the living room doing little to nothing? The answer could be as simple as correcting a lack of exercise.

Going for walks may not be enough to let out that extra energy for a high-energy dog. If you have a fenced yard, it’s easy enough to let her out to run and play. If that’s not possible, then you may need to set aside some time daily to make sure that she gets the crazies out.

If that’s still not an option, think of things like dog parks, the beach or even getting some of the neighborhood kids to come over and play with her. In the digital age where parents don’t want their kids watching screens all day, but also don’t have time to take care of a pet, they may be willing to let you borrow their kid for an hour or two each day to keep Barker Posey busy.

Dogs Get Mental Health Disorders Too!

Your integrative veterinarian will let you know if she believes separation anxiety or another underlying mental health issue is making your dog too uptight to sleep.

Common natural insomnia treatments for this range from omega-3 fatty acids or a few drops of lavender behind the ears to melatonin supplements or even all-natural medical cannabis products.

Before jumping the gun though, consider these free therapies you can implement right now such as a bedtime routine of massage and music therapy (i.e. instrumental music). You’ll want to start this about an hour before bedtime for maximum benefit. You don’t need to be an expert to start this right away.

The Itchies

Fleas aren’t the only reason dogs itch. So if your dog is up all night scratching, look into some other possible causes for his lack of sleep.

Dry skin, the wrong type of shampoo or other detergents, incorrect balance of nutrients and straight up allergies could also be the source of discomfort disrupting nighttime sleep. If you live in a harsh climate, artificial heating in winter could also be a culprit.

It’s a no-brainer to change the type of shampoo you use at bath time or detergent used on doggie bedding, if you feel that could be contributing to poor sleep quality. Likewise, a humidifier could be used in winter.

I highly recommend exploring nutrient deficiencies (or excesses) and hypoallergenic natural remedies with your holistic veterinarian.

Old Age Concerns

Medical issues such as arthritis and dementia are unfortunately part of the the aging process for dogs as well. If your little buddy is pacing, restless, coughing excessively or has developed any other unusual behavior when he should be sleeping, consider booking a vet appointment to rule out any of the following.

Pain will keep your dog up at night… or wake him up, if he feels the need to move around a big during sleep. Pet food or supplements high in essential fatty acids may be able to help lubricate joints in the case of an arthritic pooch.

Restlessness may also come from canine heart disease such as an enlarged heart. Apparently this can make it difficult to find the perfect sleeping position.

My sister’s dog has dementia and like some other pooches with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD), he stays up all night pacing the floor not really sure if he’s coming or going. He’s just a busy little guy.

Does your doggie suffer from sleep disorders? If so, which kind? Tell us about it in the comments!

Also read: Identifying And Resolving Dog Boredom

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