If your husky won’t sleep at night you might be wondering why and what you can do about it.
This post will show you a number of reasons why your husky might not be sleeping at night and what you can do about it.
So, why won’t my husky sleep at night? Possible reasons are that there is an issue with its diet, it’s not getting enough exercise, illness, a problem with its sleeping environment, separation anxiety or you might have inadvertently rewarded the behavior.
There are actually many reasons why your husky might not be sleeping at night and it could be a combination of multiple reasons. However, there are some things you can consider that will help you in figuring out the exact reason. There are also a number of things that you can do about it.
Why your husky won’t sleep at night
Each of the different reasons why your husky won’t sleep at night will likely come with a number of clues.
Below are a number of possible causes and what would make them more likely.
It might be the case that an issue with its diet it causing it to struggle to go to sleep. It could be that it is being fed too late, it is being fed things it shouldn’t be, it’s not getting the right nutrients in its diet, it is not being fed enough or it is being fed too much. It would be more likely to be due to a problem with its diet if it suddenly started staying awake at night at around the same time that its diet changed.
It would help to ask your vet about your husky’s diet when you see them next. You can also look here to see what you should be feeding your husky. It would also help to make sure that no one else is feeding it things that they shouldn’t be.
Not enough exercise
Huskies need a lot of exercise in order to be fully stimulated. It might be the case that a lack of exercise is causing your husky to stay awake at night. It is generally recommended for them to get around an hour of exercise daily. If your husky is not getting that much exercise it would help to make sure that it does.
Illness or injury
It could be the case that an illness or injury is what is keeping it awake. This would be more likely if it started doing it suddenly and if it has been showing other signs of being ill or injured such as vomiting or limping. If it does seem like it could be ill or injured the best option would be to take it to a vet.
Its sleeping environment is not ideal
It might be the case that it struggles to sleep in the room that it normally has to sleep in. This would be more likely if the room is bright at night, hot or there is not an area for your husky to go to sleep.
It might be the case that your husky does not like it when it is left alone and being left alone causes it to become anxious. This would be more likely if your husky is able to sleep when it can sleep in the same room as you or if it starts showing signs of anxiety when you are leaving.
Rewarding the behavior
The cause could be that you have been inadvertently encouraging it to stay awake by giving it things it wants when it does it.
Instead of giving it things such as extra attention when it stays awake, try to reward it in the mornings when it sleeps well and to follow the other tips mentioned below.
Stress or anxiety
It might be the case that something is causing your husky to become stressed. This would be more likely if it has been showing other signs of being stressed such as pacing, crying or hiding. I have written more about why your Siberian husky might be anxious and what you can do about it in this post.
How to get it to sleep at night
Below are some options you have when getting your husky to sleep at night, a combination of them will likely work best.
Ensure that its diet is right
It would help to make sure that your husky is eating the right foods. You can look here to see what you should and shouldn’t be feeding it. If you are unsure it would also help to consult with a vet on whether or not its diet might be causing it issues.
Take it to a vet
If you cannot figure out why your husky has been struggling to go to sleep or you cannot get it to stop doing it then it would help to take it to a vet. By doing so you will be able to rule out the possibility of illness or injury and to get expert advice tailored towards your particular husky.
Ensure that its sleeping environment is ideal
It would also help to make sure that the room it sleeps in is cool, not too bright and that there is an area for it to sleep in comfortably.
Give it exercise
As mentioned above, it could be the case that a lack of exercise is the cause. You can give your husky exercise yourself or you could get a dog walker to do it for you when you are unable to. It could also help to get it to do something such as to play fetch in the evening to wear it out a bit more.
Reduce its separation anxiety
It would also help to train it to be less anxious when you are leaving and when you are not with it.
To do this you could do as follows:
- Make it seem like you are about to leave by doing something such as picking up your keys
- Reward your husky for not being anxious and repeat these two steps a few times
- Make more moves towards actually leaving such as by picking up the keys and putting your hand on the door handle
- Reward your husky for not being anxious and repeat the process a few times
- Actually open the door and go outside for a few moments then come back and reward your husky
- Repeat the above, each time staying outside for slightly longer
You could do a similar thing in the evening where you get it used to you going to your room at night by building up to it and rewarding your husky when it does not show signs of being anxious.