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How Do Unicorns Sleep?

We have discussed some unicorns’ living habits on previous posts. The question that just came on my mind is, how do unicorns sleep? Do unicorns sleep? If you’ve been wondering about the same thing, you’ve come to the right place, because we´re going to find out about unicorns’ sleeping habits!

It´s difficult to know how do unicorns sleep, though, isn’t it? You don’t get to see them sleeping very often. Luckily, we have a unicorn friend to ask about the matter. Hyppolyta the unicorn from Scotland was kind enough to answer our questions about unicorns’ sleep.

Hippolyta, Do Unicorns Sleep?

I can see why you´re asking that. Unicorns are magical creatures, so maybe we don’t magically need any sleep, right? After all, we don’t need to eat, we get energy from the sun through our horns. We do like eating, though. Maybe the same applies to sleep, right?

That´s not quite the case. We do need to sleep. Our muscles don’t need to rest, obviously; we never get sore muscles, no matter how much we run. However, our magical minds do need to rest, so we need to sleep like all animals. We don’t need much sleep, though.

What Is Your Favorite Sleeping Position?

That´s a bit personal question, isn’t it? But I don’t mind answering. I prefer to sleep standing up. All unicorns I know sleep like that. We do lie down at times, but only for a brief deep sleep session.

When we lie down, that’s when we´re usually dreaming. That´s the case with horses too; they normally sleep in a standing position and take brief deep sleep sessions lying down.

How Much Do You Sleep?

Well, not too much, life´s too short for sleeping, isn’t it? Yes, unicorns live hundreds of years, but still. It´s the same for horses, they don’t sleep more than like 3 hours a day, at least grown-up horses.

I’m a bit more sleepy than most unicorns, I need around 5 hours a day, or night. Me and my family get most of our sleep at night, but we take some naps during the day too, if we feel like it. Only if we´re together with other unicorns, though. We only feel safe, if we sleep in a group. That´s why me and my family always gather for the night.

Where Do You Like To Sleep?

Me and my family spend most of our time in a forest, and that´s where we sleep too. We feel safe under the trees. I know some unicorns sleep in caves. You need some shelter when you sleep, don’t you?

I think it´s the same even for humans, you curl up under some sort of blanket when you sleep, don’t you? I think that´s your sleeping cave, do you agree?

Even though unicorns are magical creatures, we don’t like to feel too exposed while we sleep.

unicorns at night

Do Unicorns Dream?

Yes, we do dream, indeed.

In fact, I had such a funny dream last night! I was chasing a particularly yummy-looking rainbow. Just as I caught it and started munching on it, it started giggling! I still ate the whole rainbow, because it tasted like unicorn cake.

You know, the bakery I go to for treats has just launched a unicorn cake, it´s sooo good. I think it was Claire´s idea, she´s the girl who always gives me treats.

Anyway, couldn’t resist a rainbow that tasted like unicorn cake, even though it was giggling, and I ate the whole thing. But the rainbow continued giggling in my belly! It just wouldn’t stop. It tickled. I must have been giggling myself while I was asleep, because my sister woke me up, she said I was laughing asleep.

We were both lying down, because we were dreaming. Our parents were taking a watch; that´s what unicorns do, some of the group is always watching while others are asleep.

Do I often dream about rainbows and food? Well, yes. They´re my favorite dreams, chasing rainbows and eating grass or something sweet. That´s what I like to do while I´m awake as well.

My sister says she often dreams about flying. I don’t know if that´s typical for unicorns, I mean, we don’t fly in real life. Winged unicorns do, but not us.

My mom loves swimming, and she often dreams about swimming in the ocean and playing with narwhals.

Sometimes I dream about my future mate. He´s a handsome stallion, well, he´s a unicorn, but you know what I mean. He has a white coat and the bluest eyes I’ve ever seen.

Oh my, I don’t know if other unicorns have romantic dreams. I’ve never talked about this dream to anyone before. But I hope that dream will become reality one day.

If You Have Any Unicorn Tips For Better Sleep, I’m Sure Our Readers Would Appreciate Them.

I have many tips for better sleep! Unicorns sleep very well, even though we don’t spend that much time asleep.

My first tip is to sleep outdoors. There´s nothing like smelling the forest floor and feeling the dancing wind just before you drift off to a sweet sleep!

Oh, you like to sleep in a stable, right? I don’t quite understand that, to be honest. But if you insist on sleeping in a stable, at least you should spend time out in the nature during the day. Maybe run a couple of dozen of miles in a forest each day, and I’m sure you will get sound sleep at night. Having a good run during the day always helps me sleep at night!

My second tip is not to sleep hungry. Me and my family always eat some nighttime snacks before we go to sleep. Maybe just a little grass, but we always munch on a little something.

I would advise you to sleep with a light heart. If anything is worrying you, it´s hard to fall asleep, isn’t it? Yes, of course unicorns have worries too! We´re just good at chasing them away.

Before we go to sleep, me and my family tell each other stories about unicorns. Not sad stories, only happy ones. We might also sing some unicorn songs, that always makes my heart feel so light.

Thank You, Hippolyta. I Think We All Have a Better Idea Now How Do Unicorns Sleep.

I didn’t mention it to Hippolyta, that I´m not going to run dozens of miles a day like she suggested, but I think she has a point. We should spend more time out in the nature, like unicorns do. It certainly helps me sleep better.

It seems unicorns’ sleeping habits are similar to those of horses’, which is logical, considering unicorns are similar to horses in many ways.

Did something about Hippolyta´s answers surprise you? What do you think about unicorns’ sleeping habits? Do you think Hippolyta´s tips for better sleep might be helpful? Please let me know in the comment section below.

I wish sweet unicorn dreams for all!

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  1. During a stressful time in my life, I was overworked and sleep deprived. I also had some troubles with an aggressive hostile manager. She tried to pressure me legally to dye my red hair, to a olive brown grey, and cut it all off. Eventually I won. I had strange dreams of a rainbow wrapping around my car, lifting me to the sky’s. In the dream the mean co workers were afraid and whispered that the red head (me) caused this to happen. After that dream all the harassment stopped and the evil manger was fired. Since covid I’ve been unemployed temporarily. I have been sleeping more and feel happier. I wish I can find another job to be as creative and magical as I Am. 🦄❤️🐈

    1. That’s awful, a manager tried to force you to dye and cut your hair? I’ve heard of awful bosses, and even had to deal with some myself. But I’ve never heard of a boss trying to force an employee to dye and cut their hair before! I’m happy to hear you won.

      Sounds like you have a good intuition, so I’m sure you will find a job that allows you to be your creative and magical self. 🦄💖

  2. I’ve been smling all the way through this post. Furst, my daughter like unicorns and she asks alot of questions about them. Sometimes I don’t have the answers to her question. Just yesterday she asked how they sleep and now I’m reading about it, its all very interesting. Now I’ve learned about unicorn sleep, I can give answers to her questions. She would have a big smile on her face. Thanks for being of help on this. 

    1. Hi Dane,

      That´s cool, I´m not the only one who was wondering how unicorns sleep, then! Happy to hear my post helps you answer to your daughter´s question.

  3. Well this is indeed eye opening (wink wink), as I assumed that unicorns wouldn’t need to sleep like the rest of us! It sounds like unicorns understand how to get the best dreamy sleep and have some solid tips that would also work for non-magical creatures. The vision of a narwhal and a unicorn playing together sounds like a lovely dream and a great mix of magical and non-magical worlds!

    1. Yes, that would be such a cute sight, seeing a unicorn and a narwhal playing together. 🙂 Thanks for leaving a comment, Aly.

  4. I actually read this post out of curiosity because of the headline and I’m glad I did. It was such an I testing read based on the conversational approach you made use of. My takeaway from this post is that we need to spend more time out in the nature to enhance better sleep. Sometimes, we need to sleep in the soothing hands of nature by spending greater amount of time around it to appreciate the beauties in nature. Very interesting post. I look forward to more

    1. Thank you, this “conversation with a unicorn” type of post is a new idea I’ve tried recently. I´m happy to hear you enjoyed it. 

      Spending time outdoors during the day certainly helps for a better sleep at night. I haven’t tried sleeping out in the wild, though, I must admit. I have slept in a tent years ago, but not under the open sky. I´d like to give it a try one day! 

  5. Thank you, I think you have the coolest website I have seen in awhile. I do disagree with the Unicorn when they said Life’s too short for sleeping. At least for humans, we need a certain amount of sleep, and without that sleep we will not be at our best. So I would say for humans life is too short to go through it without sleeping enough. I suppose unicorns could be different. I liked the idea of unicorns dreaming. Thanks for this article and make sure you don’t miss your sleep.

    1. Thank you so much, Jen! 

      Ha ha, I must say I agree with you. I need quite a lot of sleep myself, like 9 hours, so I’m not with the unicorns in this. The unicorns probably say that life´s too short for sleeping, because they survive with only 3 hours of sleep per day on average. 

      Of course, humans need much more. Yes, if you´re sleep deprived, you spend your days in a haze, so life´s too short not to sleep enough, like you said.