As a pet owner, you must know how challenging it must be to say ‘no’ to your pet when it comes to bed-sharing. Pets love being next to their humans.
If you have had an opportunity to spend some time with a dog or had one you know how needy they are, and how much they love to snuggle with their favorite people.
It turns out that animals, even those that aren’t so common in homes, love spending nights in the bed of their owners.
Pets love to cuddle, some are afraid of the dark and sleep safely in people’s beds, while others are too anxious and can’t spend a moment alone.
Then again some just love to sleep next to their people. You know that sleep is an important part of a person’s life.
Next to great food, quality air, exercise, and mental health, sleep is what makes you healthy.
Did you know your body is such a perfect machine that it helps you lose calories while you are sleeping?
You may be resting and sleeping, but your body works 24/7, so lack of sleep can disturb body harmony and make you feel grumpy and without energy.
Sometimes getting enough sleep is like mission impossible, especially if you don’t follow recommend sleep length based on your age.
Just like babies or kids, it’s no secret that pets can wake you up at night, stress you, and disturb your sleep.
Whether you already have pets or are thinking about getting one there are certain things that you should know about your pets and sleep.
Ultimately it’s a personal choice, but it can’t harm you to know what you might expect.
If nothing else, it will help you prepare better for co-sleeping with pets.
Is It Safe to Sleep with Your Pet?
When it comes to safety you have nothing to worry about. It’s perfectly safe to sleep with a pet as long as you are both healthy and there is no chance of you tossing around and crushing the animals, or vice versa.
This is the main reason why many parents avoid letting large dogs sharing rooms alone with tools.
In fact, some studies claim that sleeping with pets, as long as they are undercover, can actually improve your sleep.
A few decades ago, experts strongly suggested people not to sleep with their pets, for two main reasons:
- It can promote poor behavior in pets
- Co-sleeping could lead to serious illness in humans
Today, many veterinarians and animal exopertt6s believe that this belief is outdated and overstated.
They claim that in some cultures pets and humans have been sharing beds for centuries because it lowers anxiety in people and provides them the feeling of not being alone.
Behavior Issues Related to Pets Sleeping on Beds
No matter what you have heard so far, allowing a cat or a dog on a bed doesn’t cause behavioral problems.
Of course, there are aggressive animals that you might not allow to jump on the bed, because their aggression is deeply rooted in them, and is not caused by letting them spend seek time on the bed.
Animals are usually aggressive for some other reasons, and then jumping on beds is just their way toward something known, and familiar scent.
The bigger issue here is the pet owners’ lifestyle. Do they mind sharing the couch with pets? Do they mind hair on furniture?
Are they comfortable sleeping with a pet by their feet, or next to their head if we are talking about a feline?
If owners are fine with these situations, the pet will enjoy the bed as much as the owner – it’s that simple.
However, if sleeping on the bed isn’t comfortable for the pet parent, then there should be a bed in the bedroom (if your pet refuses to let you sleep alone) and a separate bed or a pillow in the living room for the pet to chill during the daytime.
Always place a piece of your clothing, so the pet can enjoy your scent.
3 Common Reasons Why People Don’t Let Pets Slep In Their Bed
Some people love sharing their bed with their pets, while others choose to let them sleep in their own area.
Some people love their sleeping time to be distracted free and do their best to provide their pets with the best sleeping area possible.
Others choose to keep them away from their bedroom for the most common reasons:
Dander And Allergies
People who suffer from heavy allergies or are prone to allergies should think twice about letting pets, like cats or dogs, sleeping in their bed.
In some cases, pet dander can irritate dander, especially if you share a bed with pets.
If you have allergies and insist on sleeping with your pet, make sure that you invest in a special protective mattress and pillow covers, that will keep the area dander-free as much as possible.
Vacuum regularly, every morning let the fresh air in and wash everything once a week. This should be the routine even if you don’t have pets in your pet.
Animals have made and needs of their own. For example, if you are sharing a bed with a cat you know that they access their litter box 27/7.
They can get up frequently and they might jump on your head before they jump into their litter box. This and similar actions might wake you up and disrupt your sleep.
If you have a dog, you know that occasional after-midnight barks can happen. Restless and consistent deep sleep is mandatory to keep you fresh.
If you continually find pets waking you up, you should see what are you going wrong (are doors open so they can go out anytime, is there enough water before you go to sleep if there should be food all the time on the reach us there enough food and so on), and if you conclude that everything is right, you might want to rethink your decision on sharing a bed with your pet.
Did you know that cats are the most frequent bed visitors? They love snuggling on your pillow or even push you out of your bed.
Dogs can be trained much faster compared to cats, and they can be trained to sleep next to the bed in their secured areas.
Cats and dogs carry various bacteria and parasites – this is the main reason why parasite control is so important.
By providing proper parasite control, pet owners are protecting their pets and their homes from unwanted guests.
Still, some parasites still may survive, especially if there isn’t parasite control.
Staphylococcus (skin infections) and parasite diseases like roundworms are some examples of serious health hazards linked with close contact between pets and humans. Still, chances for this scenario are extremely low.
Plus, those risks aren’t that different from those associated with sharing a bed with another human.
The truth is that if you aren’t feeling alright, or if you are carrying a bacteria or a parasite, the checks are higher becuase you are in close contact.
Your Quality Of Sleep
Soem doctors claim, that you shoudl care more about your quality sleep with pets, than bacteria.
As you may already know, dogs are active for about 20% of the night, which can lead to mild reductions in overall sleep quality.
Plus, sleeping with pets can lead to higher temperatures. Their bodies are wired differently compared to humans and they will keep you warm even on the coldest nights.
So, should you focus on benefits or co-sleeping with pets, or let disadvantages win?
Scientists claim that people should focus on benefits because social support is extremely important in turbulent times.
Plus, co-sleeping with pets brings additional support into your life.