Bearded dragons are diurnal, which means they sleep during the night. They sleep to refuel their bodies and recharge for the day ahead of them. It's important to make sure they get enough rest to keep them healthy and active.
Several factors impact sleep patterns in bearded dragons. Feeding regularly and ensuring that the diet is well-balanced plays a large role in encouraging good sleep habits. Maintaining a consistent feeding schedule, giving the last meal of the day before the sun goes down, and offering a variety of leafy greens, fruits, and insects can go a long way in helping your beardie establish regular sleep habits.
The environment also plays a significant role in your beardie's sleep schedule. Providing your lizard with the right temperature, lighting, and housing provisions is crucial to promoting good sleep patterns. A vivarium that ranges from a warm, basking spot to a cooler end will allow your pet to regulate its body temperature as it sleeps. A hygrometer and UVB light are also essential. Using non-digestible substrates such as sand, sphagnum moss, and coco fiber, rather than wood chips, helps prevent impaction and is easier to clean.
A calming, quiet environment can help your beardie feel secure and promote good sleep. During the day, avoid loud noises and bright lights, as these can disturb your reptile's sleep. Also, don't touch or handle your beardie while it is sleeping as this can wake it up prematurely and affect its sleep cycle. If your pet is showing signs of stress, such as aggression or lethargy, you should seek veterinary care.