Research shows that people who let their pets sleep in their bedroom sleep better themselves.
Sixty-five percent of Americans own a pet, mostly dogs and cats.
That’s a lot of people who could be getting better sleep.
On top of that, doctors have shown that a good night’s sleep is crucial to our overall health.
A pet in your bedroom could well be the key to sleeping better.
It feels so good to wake up in the morning after a restful night.
Your beloved pet can help you achieve that. It’s time to learn just why that might be.
To make sure you have all the facts you need to decide whether to let your pet sleep in your bedroom or even on your bed, we’ve got six important things for you to consider.
A Sense of Security
Having your dog sleeping in your bedroom creates a sense of safety for both owner and pet.
In the event of an intruder emergency, your loyal companion will guard you fiercely.
Knowing that you have protection sleeping right next to you will give you a sense of security.
You’ll sleep better as a result.
Single people often find that having their pet sleep in their bedroom boosts their sense of security.
A Mayo Clinic report showed that single respondents in their survey felt more at ease and secure when their dog (in particular) slept in the same room.
The warmth and comfort of having your dog asleep next to you will help you relax.
The touch of your dog provides you with stress relief.
In general, your dog will help relieve your stress by improving your mood and controlling blood pressure.
When your dog helps relax you through things like that, you’ll sleep better anyway.
If you’re more relaxed when you head to bed, you’ll also have a good chance of falling asleep quicker.
Your pet makes you feel better and helps you fall asleep quicker.
Those are pretty good reasons for having your dog sleep in your room or on your bed.
Pets help you sleep and, even better, they help you get more sleep.
If you keep your dog out of your room, chances are they’ll disturb your sleep by asking to be let out or moving around a lot.
When they sleep in your room they tend to stay asleep as long as you do.
You’ll both benefit from a restful, full night of sleep.
Getting better and more sleep is really important for us all.
Regardless of whether you have your pet in the room with you when you sleep, a good night’s rest will make you feel better.
For a better night’s sleep, read these tips.
Reduce Sleep Disorders
Forty million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. Studies have shown that letting your pet sleep with you can reduce the occurrence of sleep disorders such as narcolepsy and sleep apnea.
Dogs have been shown to wake their humans if their sleep patterns or breathing changes.
It’s even possible for a dog to alert a narcolepsy sufferer before an episode occurs.
Anxiety-induced insomnia affects many Americans.
Because your dog can reduce hyperarousal and hypervigilance, they will, in turn, reduce your insomnia.
Pets Help You Sleep By Reducing Nightmares
In research on PTSD, scientists have learned that a dog can wake its human if they are experiencing a nightmare.
When the dog wakes their human they provide comfort that allows the person to forget the nightmare and return to restful sleep more quickly.
On the flip side, it’s likely you will have a calming effect on your dog and they won’t have so many nightmares, either.
There are so many great reasons to have a pet.
Welcoming your pet into your bed and having it reduce nightmares or help you get back to sleep afterward is one of the best reasons.
The Downside of Letting Your Pet Sleep in Your Bed
Let’s be completely honest, it’s not all roses.
There are downsides to letting your pet sleep in your bed.
It’s rare, but you could get sick from being that close to your dog for extended periods.
They move. A lot. They take up the whole bed.
It doesn’t matter where you start in the bed, you’ll quickly find they’re in your space as they try to get closer and closer.
They leave hair everywhere. Sure, they can’t help it, but even so, it’s more laundry.
They get in between you and your partner.
Oh, the joys!
Yep, there’s a whole bunch of not-quite-so-lovely aspects to having your beloved pet sleep with you.
Apart from the very slight risk of getting sick, though, the other things may well be worth it.
Let Your Beloved Companion Help You Sleep
You love your pet so much, it just seems right to have them share your bed or bedroom.
The positive far outweighs the negative.
So, welcome them in.
You’re both going to sleep better and the world will feel just that bit more complete.
Bear in mind all the pros and cons when you make the decision to sleep in the same room.
There are drawbacks to letting your dog share your bed.
If it’s not just you in the bed, talk to your partner about their feelings.
You might love the idea, but maybe your partner just thinks it’s weird.
Your pet is a big part of your family.
We think that goes for all parts of your life and theirs.
Happy and content pets are a wonderful addition to your life.
Enjoy your pet and they will give you years of happiness, loyalty, and fun and pets help you sleep.
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