We have discussed some unicorns’ living habits on previous posts, such as what do unicorns eat. 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 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.
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 Hope We Can All Sleep Better With Your Unicorn Sleep Tips.
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!