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Visualizing 40 Different Animal Sleep Patterns

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Average sleep times for 40 different animals

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Visualizing 40 Different Animal Sleep Patterns

Every animal has to rest in some way, but some animals need a lot more sleep than others.

This graphic by Giulia De Amicis uses data from startsleeping.com to show the typical sleeping patterns of 40 different animals, highlighting their average sleep times, and what percentage of each 24-hour day they spend resting.

Compared to the rest of the animals featured in the graphic, humans need a relatively small amount of sleep. We sleep for an average of eight hours—or 33% of our day.

AnimalAverage Sleep Time (hrs/day)Average Sleep Time (% of 24 hours)
Koala21-2287.5%
Brown Bat19.982.9%
Giant Armadillo18.175.4%
Opossum18.075.0%
Python18.075.0%
Owl Monkey17.070.8%
Human (Infant)16.066.7%
Tiger15.865.8%
Tree Shrew15.865.8%
Squirrel14.962.0%
Western Toad14.660.8%
Ferret14.560.4%
Three-toed Sloth14.460.0%
Golden Hamster14.359.6%
Platypus14.058.3%
Lion13.556.3%
Gerbil13.154.4%
Rat12.652.4%
Cat12.150.6%
Cheetah12.150.6%
Mouse12.050.3%
Rhesus Monkey11.849.2%
Rabbit11.447.5%
Jaguar10.845.0%
Duck10.845.0%
Dog10.644.3%
Bottle-nose Dolphin10.443.3%
Star-nosed Mole10.342.9%
Baboon10.342.9%
European Hedgehog10.142.2%
Squirrel Monkey9.941.3%
Chimpanzee9.740.4%
Guinea Pig9.439.2%
Human (Adult)8.033.3%
Pig7.832.6%
Guppy (Fish)7.029.1%
Gray Seal6.225.8%
Goat5.322.1%
Giraffe4.619.0%
Cow3.916.4%
Asiatic Elephant3.916.4%
Sheep3.816.0%
Donkey3.113.0%
Horse2.912.0%
African Elephant2.08.3%

In contrast, Koalas sleep up to 22 hours a day, or 87.5% of the day. This is mostly because of the Koala’s diet—Koalas eat Eucalyptus leaves, which are toxic and take a lot of energy to digest.

For more animal-related graphics, check out The Life Expectancy of Humans and 49 Other Animals
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Visualizing the Odds of Dying from Various Accidents

This infographic shows you the odds of dying from a variety of accidents, including car crashes, bee stings, and more.

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Infographic: The Odds of Dying from Various Accidents

Fatal accidents account for a significant number of deaths in the U.S. every year. For example, nearly 43,000 Americans died in traffic accidents in 2021.

Without the right context, however, it can be difficult to properly interpret these figures.

To help you understand your chances, we’ve compiled data from the National Safety Council, and visualized the lifetime odds of dying from various accidents.

Data and Methodology

The lifetime odds presented in this graphic were estimated by dividing the one-year odds of dying by the life expectancy of a person born in 2020 (77 years).

Additionally, these numbers are based on data from the U.S., and likely differ in other countries.

Type of AccidentLifetime odds of dying (1 in #)
Motor vehicle accident101
Complications of medical and surgical care798
Alcohol poisoning1,606
Accidental building fire1,825
Choking on food2,745
Drowning in swimming pool5,782
Sunstroke6,368
Accidental firearm discharge7,998
Drowning10,386
Airplane accident11,756
Bee or wasp sting57,825
Dog attack69,016
Lightning strike138,849

For comparison’s sake, the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292,000,000. In other words, you are 4000x more likely to die by a lightning strike over your lifetime than to win the Powerball lottery.

Continue reading below for further context on some of these accidents.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S., with a 1 in 101 chance of dying. This is quite a common way of dying, especially when compared to something like bee stings (1 in 57,825).

Unfortunately, a major cause of vehicle deaths is impaired driving. The CDC reports that 32 Americans are killed every day in crashes involving alcohol, which equates to one death every 45 minutes.

For further context, consider this: 30% of all traffic-related deaths in 2020 involved alcohol-impaired drivers.

Drowning

The odds of drowning in a swimming pool (1 in 5,782) are significantly higher than those of drowning in general (1 in 10,386). According to the CDC, there are 4,000 fatal drownings every year, which works out to 11 deaths per day.

Drowning also happens to be a leading cause of death for children. It is the leading cause for kids aged 1-4, and second highest cause for kids aged 5-14.

A rather surprising fact about drowning is that 80% of fatalities are male. This has been attributed to higher rates of alcohol use and risk-taking behaviors.

Accidental Firearm Discharge

Lastly, let’s look at accidental firearm deaths, which have lifetime odds of 1 in 7,998. That’s higher than the odds of drowning (general), as well as dying in an airplane accident.

This shouldn’t come as a major surprise, since the U.S. has the highest rates of gun ownership in the world. More importantly, these odds highlight the importance of properly securing one’s firearms, as well as learning safe handling practices.

As a percentage of total gun-related deaths (45,222 in 2020), accidental shootings represent a tiny 1%. The two leading causes are suicide (54%) and homicide (43%).

Interested in learning more about death? Revisit one of our most popular posts of all time: Visualizing the History of Pandemics.

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