Sharing a bed with your pet – should or shouldn’t you?

Sponsored content: A myriad of contradicting reasons for and against. So, should you, or shouldn’t you?

Good for your health and wellbeing, or detrimental to both?

It has been proven that sleeping with your pet helps reduce stress and anxiety, as your body releases oxytocin. This chemical reaction is a result of the bond between you and your pet.

The flip side of this is that your pet may also invite a range of germs, bacteria, and parasites. Meaning you may need to clean your bedding regularly.

Could it affect the quality of your sleep?

Many people find comfort from sleeping with their pets. Yet, the study, The Effect of Dogs on Human Sleep in the Home Sleep Environment found that the sleep benefit only applies to dogs in the bedroom… not on the actual bed. Your furry friend may disturb your sleep when in bed with you. They tend to act out their dreams, even barking, whining, or digging. Cats, although smaller and potentially less disruptive, are still nocturnal creatures with different sleep patterns to humans. 

Is bed sharing good for your pet, or are you teaching them bad habits?

In general, trainers who oppose pooches on beds come from a “dominance” training school of thought. Other trainers believe that dog who wants to sleep with you just wants to be close to its people.

Professional dog trainer Robert Haussmann encourages cuddling in bed, if the dog knows the rules – the bed is a human space and it needs to be invited.

To share or not to share your bed?

The decision is entirely up to you (and your partner). You may be cautious due to allergies, or you may just need the cuddle during the night. Remembering that a good night’s sleep makes for a great day. It’s amazing what a little Snooze can do.

 

Citations

  1. 13 Scientific Benefits of Sleeping with Your Dog – www.thebark.com/content/13-scientific-benefits-sleeping-your-dog
  2. The Effect of Dogs on Human Sleep in the Home Sleep Environment - www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(17)30486-X/abstract
  3. Letting your dog sleep in bed - www.huffpost.com/entry/letting-your-dog-sleep-in-the-bed_b_1571522