Where Do Hedgehogs Sleep?

Hedgehogs are primarily nocturnal and spend up to 18 hours sleeping each day. However, some show crepuscular behavior, which means they are active during the twilight hours of dawn and dusk.

If you notice a hedgehog sleeping with its back out, that is a sign of trust! It is also a way for them to show their affection!

Sleeping Position

Hedgehogs sleep curled up because it helps them preserve their body heat. This is especially true during winter when they hibernate. However, they may also sleep stretched out or in other positions. It all depends on what’s comfortable for them.

They are not territorial, and they often change the places where they sleep every night. However, they usually return to the same spots at about the same time every night.

It’s important not to disturb hedgehogs when they are sleeping, especially if you’re a new owner. This could spook them, and they might think you’re a threat. In addition, they can get ill or injured from sudden movements.

You should only wake up your hedgehog if it’s feeding or needs attention. Otherwise, just leave them alone. If you wake them up too frequently, they might not go back to sleep because they’ll be afraid to come out and play again. This will make them stressed out and irritable.


Hedgehogs can be found sleeping in a wide variety of places. They will use whatever they feel is the best place to protect them from predators and other dangers. They may also sleep in a cold place to keep their temperature balanced. Hedgehogs will also sometimes curl up in an insulated shoe or next to a cold water bottle, especially if they are feeling unwell and need extra warmth.

A hedgehog that is deprived of sleep for long periods can become very agitated. It is important to give your pet hedgehog the sleep it needs to stay healthy and happy.

If you wish to provide a more comfortable sleeping environment for your hedgehog, try making them a house out of a small plastic or wooden storage box and filling it with things like hay, leaves or spare building materials. You can also purchase pre-built hedgehog houses online or in stores. Be sure to locate the hedgehog house in a dark area of your garden away from any potential predators or pets.


In the wild hedgehogs sleep in areas that are not too warm or too cold. They prefer temperatures that are stable to prevent them from being woken up too often or going into hibernation too early.

In addition, they are sensitive to the difference in temperature between day and night. Therefore, they will start to wake up around twilight and will remain active until it is dark.

As a pet owner you can help your hedgehog to achieve the perfect temperature for sleeping by covering their cage in fleece or using a non-light emitting heat lamp. I get a lot of emails and phone calls from people whose hedgehogs are not sleeping or are waking up too often during the day as well as those who believe their hedgehog is trying to hibernate when it is not quite time for them to do so. This is due to the hedgehog being kept at temperatures that are too low for them which causes stress and can lead to health problems such as weight loss, grumpiness and quill loss.


Hedgehogs love to sleep and it is important that they get the right amount of rest. If they do not sleep well, it can affect their health. A hedgehog’s sleeping patterns are influenced by many things including the noise level in their environment. They tend to sleep better when the environment is quiet. This means keeping them away from rowdy family members, dogs, and other animals.

A hedgehog is a crepuscular animal, which means they are active during the twilight hours of dusk and dawn. This is because they are more likely to be safe from predators at this time.

During the day, your hedgehog should spend at least 30-60 minutes with bonding and handling sessions to keep them happy and to aid in their socialization. It is recommended that you dim the lights or pull the curtains to minimize the amount of daylight entering their enclosure during the day. Doing this can help your hedgehog to sleep better during the daytime and it can also make their playtime more enjoyable.

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