Do Fish Ever Sleep?
Today we will talk about how fish are able to sleep. Most animals feel the need to sleep from time to time, and this is certainly also true regarding fish. It can be difficult to tell when one of these marine creatures is sleeping due to the fact that their eyes always appear open.
When a fish is sleeping they have to be somewhat more alert so that they can escape predators, should the need arise. Even though they never reach a very deep sleep they do have a period when their metabolism slows and so does all other activity in their body.
This is the time when the body does the majority of the repairs needed, just as with other animals. Some fish, such as sharks, need to keep swimming to stay alive, even when they are sleeping. This is because they need to move to keep ventilation going in order to breathe.
So exactly how do they sleep?
Depending on the species of fish the way they sleep may look different. Some of the factors that affect the way fish sleep include the water conditions and the lighting in their environment.
Fish residing in aquariums tend to sleep when the lights are shut off. However, some types of fish are nocturnal and are more active at night when others are more active during the day.
When you see a sleeping fish they may seem to be hovering and in a trance, or even just standing still. They are still somewhat alert for any danger that may occur while they are taking their rest.
The parrot fish, is a very interesting fish, as it is unlike other fish such as betta fish when it chooses to sleep. This marvelous creature is known for secreting a sleeping bag-like mucus to protect them from predators while they get their much-needed rest.
Fish sleep for the same reasons that other animals do. This is a time for the brain to shut off and rest. It is also the time for the body to make necessary repairs.
For fish, this may look a bit different from what we as humans see as traditional sleep but the concept is still the same.
Fish, like all animals, understand that sleep can be one of the most vulnerable times that an animal experiences. This is why fish are able to stay much more alert during their sleep cycles.
A fish never enters REM sleep for this purpose so that they can be more alert to evade predators during times of rest.
In conclusion, all of the animals within the animal kingdom have to sleep to ensure survival. Fish are certainly no exception! There has been some question over the years whether fish really sleep due to the fact that they do so in a much different way and it can be hard to tell if they are sleeping or just standing still.
However, studies that have been conducted show that even though their ways of taking rest do differ from ours, and other animals, they do indeed need some shut eye to stay at optimal health.