How Do You Catch Your BEST Zzzzzz’s–With or Without Your Pet? An Expert Explains!
Well, personally I cannot sleep with my dog–quite frankly he requires his own space, all 14 lbs of him. He love his “condo” and getting tucked in at night! However, interestingly enough, an American Kennel Club survey reports that 45% of dog owners let their dog sleep in their bed, 20% crate their dog, and 17% use a dog bed.
Also, it appears the lion rules the roast, well sort of, the kitty anyways: “less than half of dogs (45%) get to share the bed, while 62% of cats sleep with their adult pet owners, and 13% of cats sleep with children,” according to the National Pet Owners Survey by the American Pet Products Association and WebMd.
Below is a Guest Blog, by Sleep Expert, Amy Highland at SleepHelp.org, they give amazing resources for all things sleep!
Should You Let Your Pet Sleep In Your Bed?
Really, it’s up to you whether you want your pet to sleep in your bed or not. There are benefits and drawbacks on both sides, but it ultimately comes down to what you’re comfortable with. Some pet owners are more comfortable sleeping with their pets, and find it helps with companionship. But others don’t want to deal with disruptions, dirt, and allergies.
Dog owners are about split down the middle on this issue. Almost half of dog owners allow their pets to sleep in bed with them.
Why You Should Let Your Pet Sleep In Your Bed?
First, the good news. There are distinct benefits to letting your pet sleep with you in your bed.
Pets can offer comfort and companionship at night. This can make you feel safer and make it easier for you to fall asleep. You might feel more secure knowing your pet is there to help defend you against any intruders in the night.
Sleeping in the same bed offers a chance to bond around the clock, too. While you can play with and love your pet in the daytime, you might not be ready to stop when it’s time to go to bed. Or if you haven’t had time in the day to be together, sharing a bed with your pet can give you the opportunity to bond and catch up.
You can help with needs at night. Pets may need your attention overnight, especially puppies and kittens. They can more easily let you know they need affection or a trip outside for a potty break if they are sleeping next to you.
Why You Shouldn’t Let Your Pet Sleep In Your Bed?
Though there are benefits to sharing a bed with your pet, there are also drawbacks to consider.
You and your pet might not sleep well together. Animals and humans don’t have the same sleep cycles. Humans sleep for long stretches, while animals may not. They might wake up in the night for a stretch, clean themselves, or even want to play — all while you’re trying to sleep. And, they might snore, too, just like humans. All of this can be disruptive and lower the quality and quantity of your sleep.
You could get sick from your pet. It’s rare, but humans and pets can share illnesses and diseases, especially in close quarters while you’re sleeping. However, this isn’t generally a major concern unless you or your pet are immuno-suppressed. If you’re both overall in good health, it’s probably not something to worry about. But, it’s good to keep in mind if health status changes for either of you.
Pets can bring in dirt and allergens. Your pet’s fur may be host to fleas and other pests, and if they’re going outside, they might bring in pollen, dust, allergens, and more from outside. If you’re allergic, you could have a hard time sleeping if they’re introducing these things into your bed.
Your pet’s fur may be host to fleas and other pests, and if they’re going outside, they might bring in pollen, dust, allergens, and more from outside. If you’re allergic, you could have a hard time sleeping if they’re introducing these things into your bed.
Summing it up, with the Puppy and Kitty love!
Sharing your bed with a pet works for some people, but not everyone. It’s a good idea to consider your health, your pet’s health, and your comfort and personal preferences when deciding whether to let your pet sleep in your bed or not.
Amy Highland is a sleep expert at SleepHelp.org. She loves taking naps during thunderstorms and cuddling up with a blanket, book, and cats.
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Many purrs and barks,