5 Snoozy Animals Share Their Favorite Sleep Facts

Sleep + fluffy creatures = the definition of The Good Life.

Let's get real: Sleep is the best. The. Best. If we could marry sleep, we'd be yelling "I DO!" at the top of our lungs right now. Actually... maybe not. Because as much as we love sleep, our relationship is complicated. Sometimes it's totally there for you, sometimes it plays hard to get. Not cool, sleep.

But sleep does seem to be pretty devoted to adorable fluffy animals. They're all about the snoozin'. So we asked a few of our furry friends to share some of their great knowledge with us before they fall... back... to... sl... zzz... Here goes:

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1 Sleepiness spikes twice a day: 2 a.m. and 2 p.m.

sleepy baby panda

So don't beat yourself up if you feel like this baby panda after lunch. It's a natural dip that happens to even the most super of humans.

2 Losing sleep can make you gain weight.

sleepy puppy eating

This puppy wants you to know it isn't what it looks like. OK, it's exactly what it looks like: He's sleep deprived and overeating, which has probably happened to you at some point. That's because not getting enough sleep messes with your hormone levels. The "go eat" hormone ghrelin increases while the "stop eating" hormone leptin decreases, resulting in weight gain and a higher BMI.

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3 Struggling to wake up on Monday morning could be a sign of 'social jet lag.'

sleepy sloth

If you look like this sloth every single Monday morning, you may have something called "social jet lag," which usually occurs when you don't follow the same sleep schedule on weekends that you have during the week. So even though Sunday mornings may feel like they were made for sleeping in, it's best to stick to the same sleep and wake times each day of the week. Your circadian rhythm (and Monday-morning self) will thank you.

4 Sleep deprivation makes you more likely to catch a cold.

sleepy bulldog

This big guy hopes you learn from his mistake: He thought he could handle getting only five hours of sleep each night, but now he's feeling sick and sorry for himself. If only he'd known that getting less than six hours of snoozing each night can make you four times more likely to catch a cold. Feel better, buddy.

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5 Driving drowsy can be just as dangerous as driving drunk.

sleepy hamster

This little fella knows better than most — falling asleep in the wrong place at the wrong time can get you into some pretty awful accidents. For humans, staying awake for 18 hours (think waking at 6 a.m. and going to bed at midnight) is the equivalent of being legally drunk and makes you just as likely to be in a car accident.

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