As most of you know, Ryder sleeps in bed with me. A true Crazy Dog Mom, I know. Sleeping with your pets can be a controversial topic. But there are some benefits to having your pooch tucked in with you at night.
I want to welcome Real Sleep to the blog today. They wanted to sponsor a guest post about the benefits of having your fluff nuggets in bed with you. Here is what they have to say about why you should sleep with your pets.
Why You Should Sleep With Your Pets
For years, studies showed that sleeping with your pet was a main cause of sleep disturbance, and could be considered bad for hygiene. While the latter still holds true in some circumstances, as long as your pup wasn’t rolling around in mud right before they crawled into bed with you, you’re fine.
Besides, you’re probably cuddling up to and kissing your pet regardless of if they’re in your bed anyway. So while hygiene of your pet is up to personal preference, new studies are showing that sleeping with your pet might actually be more beneficial than sleeping without your pet.
Again, sleeping with or without your pet by your side is up to preference, but if they’re not disturbing your sleep, there is a ton of upside to having your four-legged friend in the room.
For some people, having their pet in their bedroom or on their bed gives them a sense of security. When you’re asleep, you’re arguably in your most vulnerable state. Even if you have a partner sleeping next to you, dogs tend to be more alert to an intruder or other type of emergency.
It’s also nice to know that your pet is safe and happy lying next to you. People in the sleep study said that sleeping with their pet was “soothing”, “warming”, and “comforting”. If you’re a pet person (which you probably are if you have one), just being near them can boost the oxytocin in your brain, making you feel a sense of happiness. Studies also show that your pets’ rhythmic snoring or breathing can lower your heart rate, making you feel calmer.
Overall, pets provide you with comfort and aid in calmness and stress relief. When they curl up next to you, they provide you with a type of warmth you couldn’t get from a million blankets. Pets also show unconditional love, a trait that can help fight depression in humans.
Do You Sleep with Your Pets?
Half of American households own a pet, and half of those households report sleeping with their pet at night. While 10% of people who visited the Center for Sleep Medicine in 2013 reported that sleeping with pets disturbed their sleep, most people with complaints had more than one pet.
The Mayo Clinic Study did not come to any conclusions about how sleeping with more than one pet could negatively or positively impact ones sleep quality.
The Mayo Clinic Study did find that human “sleep efficiency” was better is the dog was in the room, but not on the bed during sleep. Having your pet close to you, even if not physically touching, also provides the same sense of security and peace of mind.
Dogs are just as comfortable sleeping off the bed as they are curled up next to you, so don’t feel bad if you need to kick them off. If you want that sense of security, but your pet just seems to sleep in the most inconvenient places, get them a little pet bed that can rest next to your own bed.
Sleeping next to another human causes fewer disturbances than sleeping next to a pet, but that can be attributed to your partner accommodating your sleeping needs. Dogs can’t speak or always understand what you’re asking of them, so it’s understandable they could take up a little too much of the bed sometimes.
When it comes down to it, sleeping with a pet in your bed, in your bedroom, or not at all comes down to personal preference. While there are many emotional benefits to keeping your pup close to you, there’s a possibility that they could wake you up in the middle of the night.
Cats were found to be less likely sleeping partners since they’re awake more of the night. Cats might move around more and make more noise causing a likelihood of sleeping disturbance. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you’re getting a good night’s sleep, it’s important for your health!
Thank you for sharing Real Sleep! Very interesting insight on the Mayo Clinic sleep study.
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