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Worker ants in a colony take an average of 250 power naps a day, each lasting around a minute, or 8 minutes of sleep every 12 hours. The workers’ lack of snooze time ensures that the queens of each colony live a long life.

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Worker ants in a colony take an average of 250 power naps a day, each lasting around a minute, or 8 minutes of sleep every 12 hours. The workers’ lack of snooze time ensures that the queens of each colony live a long life.

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  1. https://blogs.unimelb.edu.au/sciencecommunication/2021/10/03/do-ants-sleep/

    Do ants sleep? Have u every seen an ant take a break or rest after carrying a piece of rock around for hours? Its obvious that the ants we see crawling on the side pavement are nothing but hard workers, but it does make us wonder, do they ever doze off after a hard day just like us humans do after a day at work or a busy day at uni?

    They do sleep!

    The truth is they do, but not in the same way or form, as us humans. Ants don’t sleep the 8 hours recommended for a human, whereas their sleeping schedule resembles more of a power nap. Many studies have shown that workers in an ant colony take an average of 250 naps per day, each lasting around a minute, or 8 minutes of sleep every 12 hours. The workers’ lack of snooze time ensures that the queens of each colony live a long life.

    The queen

    Compared the rest of the colony the queen’s job is to lay eggs, making sure her colony is sufficient to survive. The queen can lay roughly 300,000 eggs per day and is constantly feasting upon sweets, protein, and fats feed to her by her trusty workers. The queen of each colony sleeps much longer than the workers. The queen sleeps 60 times per day, where each naps stretched over 6 minutes. This allows the queen to get roughly 9 hours of sleep per day, much longer than her disposable workers.

    Disposable workers

    The worker ants’ task is to look after and protect the queen and her eggs by feeding them and cleaning them. The worker ants quick power naps ensures that their enough worker ants are awake at any one time to protect and serve the colony and the queen. However, the worker ants’ insufficient sleep patterns reduced their life span when compared to their queen. The life span of a worker ant is only around 6-12 month, whereas a queen can live upwards to 6 years where some queens have even recorded to live up to 30 years.

    In fact, this sleeping pattern is like us humans and very common amongst other insects. Fruit flies require sleep like us humans where the female fly sleeps between 400 to 800 min per day and the male sleep around 800 to 1100 min per day. Given that the average life span of a fruit fly is around 40-50 day this means that on average a fruit fly will spend almost HALF of its lifetime SLEEPING! Furthermore, fruit flies experience “sleep rebound”, when the fly is deprived of sleep causing it to need it more, just like us humans when we are deprived of our sleep.

    How the queen ant feed her workers coffee and energy drinks remains an unknown, nor do we know why a fruit fly will chose to spend half its lifetime sleeping? But its undoubted that their sleeping schedules and patterns vary differently and will be on the minds of scientists for years.