More and more pet owners are choosing to share their beds with their four-legged companions. According to a recent survey, almost half of dog owners and over 60% of cat owners allow their pets to sleep in their beds. Cuddling up to your furry best friend may be common, but is it safe?
The answer depends on the person. People suffering from asthma or certain allergies are probably better off sleeping apart from their pets. In fact, for this particular group of people, pets should probably not be allowed in the bedroom at all.
The other issue sometimes associated with pets in the bed is sleep disruption. Not getting enough sleep can contribute to a variety of health problems in people, so if Fido’s scratching or bed hogging is keeping you up, it’s probably a good time to invest in a dog bed.
However, for some people, sleeping with a pet actually reduces anxiety and can help contribute to a restful night’s sleep. A pet’s rhythmic breathing can sometimes induce a feeling of calm that helps people fall asleep faster.
Long story short, if you feel calm and comfortable with your pet sleeping by your side, and you don’t suffer from any of the above mentioned health conditions, there’s not really any reason to stop.