How to Sleep Comfortably with Pets
Sharing a bed doesn’t need to be a nuisance as it can be very comforting to sleep with your dog or cat.
According to a recent Mayo Clinic study reported by Time magazine, sleeping with your pets can actually help you rest better. The study involved 40 adults with dogs. Both humans and canines wore motion-tracking devices for a week. The men and women involved in the study were asked questions about how well they slept and where their dogs were at night.
Surprisingly, having a dog in bed did not cause a person to miss out on sleep quality. It did, however, make participants wake up more. Having a human sleeping companion did not cause sleep interruptions like it did with the pets involved. People who had dogs sleeping in beds inside their bedroom maintained 83% sleep efficiency (how much time a person sleeps compared to how long they’ve been in bed) while those who let their pet lay on the bed had 80%.
If you’re insistent that your dogs and cats sleep with you, there are some things you can do to make the experience pleasant. The following tips make sharing your bed with your pets much more comfortable.
Do not give up your side of the bed for a pet.
Even if it feels very tempting to sleep on the couch when your dog or cat is hogging the bed, don’t. Make it a point to redirect them to the bottom of the bed. If they choose to sleep between you and your partner, that’s fine if you don’t mind being somewhat crowded. If you’re an animal person who welcomes the extra warmth and affection, you’ll soon grow used to it.
Give your furry friend their own place to sleep on the floor.
Make it as comfortable as possible with a thermal pet warming bed and blanket during the colder weather months of the year. A cat house with pet bed provides your kitty with a place to go while you sleep through the night. Having your pets inside your bedroom with you but not on top of you in bed can be very relaxing. It helps you feel safe and satisfies your need to nurture your furry friends.
Training takes time and patience, so don’t give up on the first try!
If you’re the type of person who enjoys snuggling with your furry friends, there are ways to make sleeping in the same space possible. Apply the tips listed above to your current situation and enjoy greater rest each night. If it’s difficult to do, encourage your dog or cat to sleep in their own beds on the floor.
Hearing your cat purr or feeling your dog snuggled up against your body can be very relaxing. As Time states, it can be “conducive to sleep”. Deciding whether or not to let your dogs and cats on the bed or in your bedroom is a personal choice that only you can make. If spending quality time with your pets is difficult because of personal or professional obligations, nighttime may be the only option you have to bond.
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