How To Tell If A Rabbit Is Sleeping

How To Tell If A Rabbit Is Sleeping


I don’t know much about rabbits. But I do know that they sleep a lot. In fact, they spend most of their day sleeping! So if you have a rabbit, you may often wonder: is my rabbit sleeping? And, if so, how can I tell? We’ll answer these questions in the following article.

A resting body is a good sign

The most important thing to look for is a relaxed body. Here are some signs:

  • The rabbit is lying on his side, or curled up with his head tucked under his body.
  • His eyes are closed.
  • His ears lie flat against the top of his head.
  • He may have an open mouth and may be breathing heavily, but this isn’t always true—it depends on how much energy he has left at the end of the day! (Rabbits tend to sleep deeply, so it can take a while before they fully wake up.)

Breathing changes are also a good sign

  • Slow and shallow breathing is a good sign that your rabbit is sleeping. If you’ve ever seen a sleeping dog, you’ll know what this looks like—the dog’s chest rises and falls very slowly with each breath, and the breaths are often irregular. Rabbits will also breathe quietly if they’re asleep.
  • Regularity in breathing also indicates sleepiness; if you see your rabbit’s chest rise and fall regularly, it means he or she’s probably snoozing away!
  • A deep breath here or there can mean that your bunny is just relaxing (and enjoying a nap), but if his or her breaths are shallow enough to be difficult to hear at all, then it could be time for some afternoon naps!

Ask yourself how long it has been since the rabbit ate or drank

You can tell if a rabbit is sleeping by observing their habits. Rabbits are natural prey animals and have evolved to avoid predators by staying still and quiet when they sleep, as well as keeping their ears up so that they can hear approaching threats. If your rabbit isn’t doing any of these things, it probably isn’t sleeping. Look for other signs that suggest your rabbit may be sick or injured:

  • Is the rabbit eating or drinking? If not, it might be time to visit the vet to get him checked out.
  • Is he breathing? A healthy breathing rate is typically between 30-40 breaths per minute; if yours is slower than this, take him in right away!

The rabbit’s feet will be tucked under them if they are asleep

  • The rabbit’s feet will be tucked under them if they are asleep.
  • The rabbit’s body will be relaxed.
  • The rabbit’s head will be tucked under the body, with their ears resting against it, and their nose pointing upwards towards the sky.
  • Their eyes should remain closed, but if you’re still not sure whether or not your rabbit is sleeping, give them a little poke (don’t worry – they won’t mind).

Sleeping positions may not be what you think

You might think that rabbits sleep on the floor, but they don’t always. They can sleep sitting up, or even on their back with their legs tucked in and head tucked out. Some rabbits even sleep with all four legs stretched out in front of them.

The key thing to keep in mind when trying to figure out if a rabbit is sleeping is that it’s not always easy to tell by looking at them, as there are many different positions that are considered “sleeping” for a rabbit.

Rabbits make very little noise when they sleep, so you can’t tell based on that.

You might be able to tell if your rabbit is sleeping by listening for sounds. Rabbits are silent when they sleep, and so you will not hear them snoring or chirping in their sleep. If the rabbit is stressed or in pain, however, it may make noises during its slumber. The most common sound made by a distressed rabbit is called “screaming.” This can be quite alarming!

In addition to looking for signs of distress or pain as well as listening for noise from the sleeping animal, you can also observe how the body position changes when a rabbit goes into hibernation mode. When you’re awake (or even half-asleep), your muscles remain tense even when you relax them. But when a rabbit falls asleep completely, its muscles will relax so much that they become completely limp—even those holding up its head!


We hope this article has given you a better understanding of your rabbit’s sleeping habits, and that you feel confident in recognizing when they’re dozing off and when they’re awake. Remember, it’s important to let rabbits sleep as much as they need – their health depends on it! If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out!

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