Daily Science Fact: Do stick insects sleep?

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

 

Do stick insects sleep



Scientists that study insects agree that some insects do sleep or at least rest. However, what about stick insects?

The answer is that we don't really know. 
What is known by careful observation is the stick insects appear to rest when they show no activity. In other words, stick insects have periods during the day with no movement or activity. Is this sleep or rest? 
Because insects don't have eyelids they don't close their eyes but otherwise, the insect can appear asleep. 

Sleep and rest are vital for humans and insects in order to restore our bodies and remain sharp mentally.

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