Do fish sleep at night?


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According to Live Science, most fish species do sleep, although their sleep cycles are different from human or mammalian sleep. Certain shoaling species that never stop swimming may never sleep.

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Sleeping fish usually appear motionless and move only to occasionally twitch their fins, which keeps them suspended in the water. Most fish that sleep appear unresponsive. Blue-headed wrasses can even be lifted out of the water without reacting while they are asleep. Some fish suffer from sleep disorders. For instance, zebrafish with a mutated brain receptor are known to sleep 30 percent less than normal zebrafish under the same conditions, indicating insomnia.

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