There’s a popular myth that elephants sleep standing up. While they can drowse that way or get a light nap, elephants lie down when they sleep deeply just like the rest of us.
They’ve been observed snoring. Contrary to what you might think, the trunks don’t make this sound into anything spectacular (click here to hear what that sounds like).
They also occasionally twitch in their sleep indicating a dream pattern. This makes me wonder what an elephant might be dreaming about. I watch my cat twitching her paws, ears and whiskers in her sleep and imagine her dreaming about hunting or play. What could you imagine goes on in an elephant’s mind when it’s asleep?
According to research done by the San Diego Zoo, elephants appear to have favored places to sleep as well.
The only significant difference between elephant sleep patterns and ours is that they only require three to four hours of sleep a night.