The eating and sleeping habits of elephants.
Elephants normally sleep for a short duration of about 3-4 hours. They sleep between 11:00 PM and 3:00 AM during the early morning hours. When elephants are in a deep sleep, they lie down on one side of their body, resting on the ground. Elephants experience REM sleep and exhibit similar sleeping behaviors to humans, such as dreaming and snoring.
If you happen to come across an elephant sleeping during the daytime, it is advisable to assume that the elephant may not be feeling well or may have some abnormality. This is because elephants have limited sleeping time, and they utilize the remaining time to eat and explore the forest. During their walks, they graze on grass along the way. It is said that a single elephant consumes approximately 250 kilograms of food, including grass, in a day.
Since elephants do not have a specialized stomach to store food reserves, they chew and digest their food while resting, similar to ruminants like cows. However, elephants have their own ways of storing food reserves to consume during their journeys or while working. For example, they may carry a bundle of grass during their travels or stash food in the corners of their mouths.