Worker ants don’t sleep: they just take 250 naps a day

The first study on the sleeping habits of ants concluded that queens sleep an average of 9 hours a day. In contrast, worker ants do so intermittently and can take about 250 naps a day.

Workers can be awake and active at any time since, living almost always underground, they do not have the same day and night cicle.

This would explain why queens manage to survive several years while poor workers only last a few months.



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