How Long Do Hedgehogs Sleep?

If you plan to get a pet hedgehog, it is best to get acquainted with their habits and lifestyle. These small mammals are nocturnal, which means they prefer to sleep during the day rather than the night. But how long do hedgehogs like to sleep?

Hedgehogs love to sleep and can sleep up to 18 hours a day.

It is best not to feel worried when you see your hedgehog sleeping because they are big sleepers!

Since hedgehogs sleep in the day, it may feel like they are sleeping too much. If you are a light sleeper, it can be a problem for you as hedgehogs are nocturnal and tend to be noisy during the night.

Do Hedgehogs Stay Up All Night?

Hedgehogs are nocturnal and follow a sleeping pattern that includes sleeping the entire day and being active during the night. Your hedgehog will wake up from its sleep between 6pm and 7pm. Hedgehogs wake up when the sun has set or about to as they are sensitive to light.

You will notice that when you get into bed, your hedgehog is active.

Hedgehogs tend to stay up the whole night. A hedgehog’s day begins as the sun goes down. You must ensure that you leave food and water out before sleep, as hedgehogs do most of their eating during the nighttime.

If you are a light sleeper, the sound of your hedgehog running on their wheel and eating food at night can disturb you. It would be best if you kept your hedgehog in a separate room, so the noise does not disturb you.

When Do Hedgehogs Sleep?

A hedgehog will stay awake the entire night and perform various activities. Your hedgehog will run its wheel, explore, and eat during the nighttime. As hedgehogs are nocturnal, they sleep during the day.

Your hedgehog will go to sleep around 6am to 7am. A hedgehog’s sleeping pattern mostly revolves around the sun. If the sun comes out early, your hedgehog will sleep before that. Hedgehogs are sensitive to light and do not enjoy the sun.

Hence, when you wake up and get ready for the day, your hedgehog is preparing or already asleep.

Can You Move a Sleeping Hedgehog?

When a hedgehog is sleeping, it is best if you do not move it unless necessary. If your hedgehog has been sleeping for a long time, you can wake it.

However, before you move or wake your sleeping hedgehog, you should ensure that the lights are dim. You also must be gentle as you handle your hedgehog as it would be sleepy and confusing.

It is likely that as you move your hedgehog around, it wakes up angry. It will only take a while before your hedgehog is normal again.

How Can I Wake My Hedgehog?

It would help if you gently handled your hedgehog. If you make any sudden movements, your hedgehog can get scared or feel threatened.

You can begin waking your hedgehog by attempting to pick it up. You should place your hands at the sides and be firm in your movement. If you feel like your hedgehog is angry or is huffing, purring or puffing, you can stop.

If all goes well, your hedgehog will slowly wake up and sniff around to remind itself where it is. Give your hedgehog some time to adjust, and it will be ready to play in no time!

Can Hedgehogs Be Awake During the Day?

It is unusual for a hedgehog to be awake during the day. Most hedgehogs wake up from their sleep to eat and go back to sleep. However, if your hedgehog is awake for most of the day, there can be various reasons for that.

If you have just brought your hedgehog home, it will still be adjusting to its surroundings. New hedgehogs tend to stay awake during the day as they are still getting used to their new homes. Once your hedgehog becomes comfortable with its surroundings, it will be back on track.

Another reason for hedgehogs to be awake during the day is if they are stressed. You should notice your home and see if there is anything that is stressing your hedgehog. Since hedgehogs are solitary animals, they prefer the quiet.

Any loud noises can stress your hedgehog out. Ensure that your hedgehog’s cage has been placed in a quiet room so it can get some sleep.

If your hedgehog has an injury that causes it too much pain, it may be unable to sleep. Even if your hedgehog is not injured, it can still be injured. Hedgehogs tend to hide their illnesses. If there are no disturbances and no visible injury, you should consult your vet.

Female hedgehogs that are pregnant can also be awake during the day. If the female hedgehog has babies, the hoglets may keep her awake as they nurse.


Getting a pet hedgehog is exciting. However, before you get a hedgehog, you should know about its sleeping habits. Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals that sleep during the day and stay awake during the night.

You will find that your hedgehog will love to sleep. On average, a hedgehog will sleep for up to 18 hours a day. Hedgehogs will wake up in the evening around 6pm when the sun goes down and stay up the whole night. If you are a light sleeper, a hedgehog running in its wheel and making noise can disturb you.

You can wake your hedgehog from its sleep by gently picking it up. You must ensure that you make no sudden movements as it may scare your hedgehog. If your hedgehog is awake during the daytime, it can be stressed or injured.

You must place your hedgehog’s cage in a quiet or room where there are no loud noises.

Pregnant hedgehogs and their babies can also be awake during the day.

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Hey, I'm Brian and I love hedgehogs. They're curious little animals that fascinate me. Over the years, I've become extremely knowledgeable about hedgehogs so have decided to share that knowledge here