Getting adequate sleep is vital for all living things, including animals. In fact, without sufficient rest, animals can suffer from a variety of health conditions. As an owner of a pet bird, you want to ensure that your pet gets the best possible rest. One way to do this is by ensuring that the environment in which they sleep is dark and quiet. Often, this involves putting the cage in a less-traveled area of the house, such as a spare bedroom or laundry room.
While it is possible to put a sleeping parakeet in a more trafficked location, such as the family room or den, this may disrupt their sleep cycle and lead to them being awake at night. In addition, if the temperature in the room is too cold or too hot it can also impact their sleep. Ideally, you should use a sleeping cover for your parakeet’s cage to create a dark and quiet atmosphere during the night. These covers can also help protect them from drafts which can lower the temperature in their cage.
If you see your parakeet sleeping on the floor of their cage it can indicate illness. Generally, healthy birds will sleep on their perches. If you notice other signs of illness, such as ruffled feathers or changes in eating habits, consult with a veterinarian immediately.
As far as the amount of sleep that a parakeet requires, it will vary somewhat from animal to animal, but most will require about 6 hours of sleep each night. This is enough to keep them feeling rested and alert during the day, but not so much that they are overtired. They will usually spend most of their sleep in SWS (Slow Wave Sleep), with a brief period of REM (Rapid Eye Movement).