Goats sleep on the ground or in their barn. They usually slumber on their side and chew cud during the night. They also spend a lot of time in the day eating grass and other plants because it is not as calorically dense as meat. Herbivores usually sleep less than carnivores.
Some goats like to snooze close to their mothers. This is because kids feel safe with their mother when they are sleeping. Similarly, some adult goats prefer to sleep near their herder. It is not a sign of affection, but rather a feeling of security.
Many people are puzzled by how goats can sleep while standing up. Unlike horses or other animals that sleep standing up, goats have the ability to lock their legs into a certain position to make it easier for them to get on their feet if a predator approaches. This trait is a vital part of their survival strategy and one that we do not see in other domesticated animals.
However, a goat that is feeling ill may not be in the mood to sleep standing up. It could be in pain or bloated. If you notice that a goat is displaying signs of illness, it is a good idea to confine them in a stall or other enclosed space for the night to ensure they are safe from predators and have the opportunity to sleep. Also, make sure they have access to clean bedding that is dry. Providing them with a goat sleeping platform that provides extra space for bedding can be beneficial as well.