Wondering Why?

Why Do Cows Sleep Standing Up?

Why do cows sleep standing up?

Cows and horses sometimes do sleep standing up. But, they do not always sleep while standing. If they lie down, their weight will press their lungs and does not allow the cow to breathe properly. It appears that the cow feels more comfortable to stand. Even if they lie down, they remain upright and just fold their legs. If they lie down on one side, they will be in trouble and may die due to lack of breathing.
Cows generally sit or lie down to chew whatever it has eaten sometime back. Cows lie down for chewing and for digesting the food they ate recently. They generally sleep for about 3 to 4 hours in a day. They spend more time for digesting their food by sitting rather for sleeping. Rarely cows sleep while standing. They sleep mostly when they sit down.

Animals which sleep while standing generally do that because they can escape very easily when there is any dangerous situation. The cows lie down to sleep when the animal feels safer. Otherwise it does not want to lie down for sleeping. They prefer relaxing or sleeping standing up as it will be difficult for them to get up rapidly and easily. When we see the structure of cow, it is so big with well built fat, muscles, other organs and four chambered stomach and so on. With this heavy built, it is highly difficult for the cow to sleep standing. Probably, it will be drowsy while standing. But, it will definitely take rest for long duration by lying on the ground.

If the cow is away from the herd, in order to protect itself and be watchful for its enemies they take a nap by standing. If they are in herds, they feel safer to take a nap while standing. Otherwise, they would prefer to sleep by lying down.


1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

1 User Submission

  1. Where in the world did you get this information. You must’ve just pulled it out your rear it is totally in accurate from start to finish. Have you ever had cows or been around them for long periods of time? I seriously doubt that otherwise you would know better. I cannot allow this ignorance to continue I must straighten you out. I grew up with cows and we still have them. cows absolutely do not sleep standing up! What looks like sleeping is actually what we would compare to daydreaming. When you approach them they will automatically open their eyes to check you out. And the idea that them lying on their side is not possible because It won’t be able to breathe is also wholy inaccurate. Just do a little research and look up images online you’ll find pictures of cows laying completely on their side with their legs out in front of them and their head on the side. They’re able to breathe just fine. And your assumption that just because a cow is so big that they will stand up to sleep to avoid predators is just that, an assumption. Cows can get up from a aying position very fast and easily. Do yourself a favor next time you post so you don’t look like such an idiot and do a little research.

Do you think the article can be improved? Share Your Expertise

Please note: comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.