The alarm jolts you awake. Your hair’s a mess, your eyes barely open, and you suddenly remember every reason you don’t want to go to work that. There is almost never a time where we wish we couldn’t snooze a little more.
But delight in the fact that your urge to sleep is totally natural. Birds or mammals, nocturnal or diurnal, scaled or furry, alone or together, we all need — and want — our rest. Still, we can’t all be sleeping beauties, and these 20 sleeping animals proved we all look hilarious when we’re in dreamland.
1. The warmth of the sun, the calming sound of the ocean, the soft feeling of sand underneath your feet… It’s all very soothing. But to fall asleep face planting by the shoreline seems wild. Or maybe lil’ ele had a few too many and got a bit “trunk.”
2. Do you ever get neck pain from standing around with no head support? Imagine if your neck was 10 times as long! Giraffes actually have high blood pressure and their heart is a long way from their head, so if they lower their head for too long they get dizzy and can’t stand up. Luckily they’ve found an adorable solution…
3. This doesn’t look comfortable at all, but who are we to judge? Cats are practically liquid and can adjust to any shapes around them. When this Garfield is done sleeping, he’ll probably look like the Michelin cat.
4. Squirrel monkeys are small, short-haired, and use their tail for balance while they climb trees, just like squirrels! In some Germanic languages, they are actually referred to as skull monkeys, due to the shape of their face, or maybe because they look like they’re dead asleep.
5. The way otters sleep is actually adorable in more ways than one. Of course, these little swimmers look cute with their eyes closed, but they also hold hands while they nap in order not to drift away from each other. What can we say? They really love their significant “otter.”
6. Who needs a baby carrier when your little one can just hold you by your hair? It doesn’t sound too pleasant for Mom, but Gorilla Jr. looks out like a light. It’s all heartwarming and cute until they reach the Empire State building…
7. Move over hippies, there’s a new tree hugger in town! This adorable, big-eared little guy is called a tarsier. It may look like a bat but it’s actually a primate. They are nocturnal, which means you can find them snoozing in the daytime.
8. There are a couple of animals who sort of sleep upside down, but bats are the only ones who can do it vertically. Turning their wings into snuggies, they hang outside, side by side, throughout the day. Don’t worry, they won’t even bat an eye.
9. This bear must have had a long day of chasing Goldy Locks out of his house, eating honey with a piglet, protecting the forest, and taking the train in London. We don’t blame him passing out on the nearest tree; some days are just unbearable.
10. Despite the possible crumbs or stains, many of us like to eat in bed. But imagine if you could eat your bed! We can’t comprehend how this bunny never gobbled up his sleeping quarters, but we have the greatest respect for his restraint.
11. All that hopping around with a baby in your pouch must be exhausting! Kangaroos get hot easily, so they’re usually more active at night. That, of course, means that they are inactive by day. Deeply inactive!
12. Parrots are famous for mimicking us vocally, but this little one wanted to sleep like us too! When this colorful buddy was done hanging out with pirates for the day, he just wanted to be tucked into a comfy nest to sleep the day away.
13. Have you ever had a lucid dream, sleepwalked, or woken up from a nightmare? This dog has just experienced all of those at once. Perhaps he was chasing the neighborhood cat or having a bad dream about the vacuum cleaner. Either way, this pooch had a “ruff” night.
14. It may seem impossible to fall asleep and rest easy in front of strangers, but as you get older, you’ll notice this changes. Maybe this zoo was playing golf on TV because this guy was taking a serious break from his monkey business.
15. Quit “foaling” around! Is this less-than-graceful horse playing hide and seek? With his behind sticking out, he was not making it that challenging. Fingers crossed he got a decent head start!
16. We all love a little cat nap. House cats can sleep up to 16 hours a day, which is twice as long as their owners! However, they don’t snooze all at once: they take tiny naps when they’re feeling tired after washing their ears and chasing the little red dot.
17. Have you ever woken up from the smell of food? It’s a great motivator to get up for this little pig-in-a-blanket. Just make sure you don’t leave too many crumbs behind when you pig out in bed!
18. Is it a possum, a sloth, or a hairy man’s belly? No, it’s somebody’s pet ferret! This may not be the most elegant way to sleep, but to be honest, most old guys fall asleep on the couch in a pretty similar position.
19. Whale, whale, whale, what have we here? This was the whale version of cuddling up as a family, feeling safe with their group. Did you know that even during their sleep, whales breathe consciously? Must be quite overwhelming.
20. Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without sloths. Famous for moving slowly they are actually called “lazy ones” in some languages. Being this lackadaisical is actually considered a deadly sin, but this sleepy guy is so cute we’ll let it slide.
For the most part, we are biologically wired to find sleepy animals adorable. And how could we not? Those big tired yawns, the fluttering innocent eyes! There is one thing, however, that can make even the most precious lazy critter even cuter — babies!
1. This little piglet looks like he’s either trying to teach the baby how to say “oink!” or teaching him the words to “Old MacDonald.” Either way, the baby just wants a kiss from his sweet friend.
2. These two look like they’ve been in an intense staring competition for the past few hours—and it seemed like the baby is going to win. The dog’s expression says, “Okay, you won this round. Now let’s go find a treat!”
3. Did this newborn’s parents really think there was a chance the mama dog wasn’t going to try and get some early snuggles? She’s like, “You don’t need a babysitter, I’ll keep a close eye on her for you!”
4. Birds are known singers and whistlers, so you can imagine this one is probably trying to sing this little cutie to sleep. But who can really get some shut-eye when there’s a bird to hang out with?
5. Here we see a cat trying to teach the baby to be more ferocious than her appearance would suggest. He’s probably saying “I like to pretend I’m a lion, then no one will take any of my treats from me.”
6. It’s never too early to start learning to walk, but this kid’s parents hit the jackpot, because not only is he walking—he’s walking the family dog! Next, they’re going to have him drive to the grocery store to go food shopping.
7. This cat is looking after the baby like she was hired to be his sitter! While a babysitter might charge by the hour, this dedicated caretaker only accepts payment in the form of catnip and head pats.
8. That sure is a pretty big dog to be hanging around such a small child. But does the kid look threatened in the least? Nope, because that’s his best pal getting ready to have a quick wrestle!
9. This little girl’s mom probably had something else in mind when she asked her if she could have a cat. From the looks of it, though, it turned out nicely. It seems like they’re ready for a cat—er, cub—nap!
10. The grin from ear to ear on this child’s face should reassure her parents, especially if there was any doubt these two would get along. From the looks of it, they’ve made fast friends. Maybe the dog will even give the little tyke a ride?
11. This little kitty and baby are having such a cute and cuddly time together that even the family dog wants to get in on the action. He’s thinking, “You know, you can’t hog her all day. I want cuddle time, too.”
12. This baby’s parents were smart to introduce him to the family cat during both of their favorite times—nap time! Now all they need to do is get matching footie pajamas and they’ll be inseparable for life.
13. This dog was really excited to meet the baby… until she decided to test the elasticity of his mouth for fun. “If she’s going to play with my cheeks like this, you might as well give her some treats to stuff in there next time.”
14. The parents of this little child probably had no idea how their little one would react to meeting a pair of donkeys for the first time. But it looks like this family trip to the petting zoo was a major success!
15. If there’s ever been a hint of skepticism when meeting an animal for the first time, this little guy meeting a hare is a prime example. Don’t worry, little fella—this bunny just wants to snuggle!
16. If it’s Sunday morning, chances are the whole family will pile into bed—including pets. What do you think these two are saying to each other? From the looks of it, this senior dog can’t get enough snuggles with her teeny friend.
17. Most parents wouldn’t let a snake near their child with a 10-foot pole, but this kid’s parents? They don’t mind. Luckily for them, it seems like this first-time meeting is going sssss-wimmingly!
18. This child’s parents must’ve wanted to familiarize their kid with their farm animals early. It’s a good thing they told him to bring a hairbrush, because that little calf is going to love him for brushing him.
19. It’s important to introduce your children to all types of different animals from a young age. You can see the sense of wonderment in this little one’s face after meeting the family’s guinea pig up close for the first time!