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February 02, 2018
Most dog and pet owners have bought beds designed for their pets – some can be a major investment. Yet statistics show that more than 70 percent of pet owners give their animal friends access to their personal beds.
Is anyone getting any sleep with all this bed sharing?
While most of these animal lovers report that they keep their pets at the foot of their beds, more than 20 percent of them report cuddling with their pets at the head or center of their beds.
Research has also shown that cats are far more likely to be granted access to human beds than dogs, but more than 30 percent of dog owners still admit to sleeping with their furry companions.
Pet owners who deny their four-legged friends access to their personal sleeping areas are in the minority, so there are obviously some benefits, as well as boundaries, to make this such a popular practice.
A survey completed by the Mayo Clinic found that more than 40 percent of people who sleep with their pets have a positive experience when doing so. Only 20 percent of respondents considered sleeping with their pets to be disruptive, which shows that the majority of people who co-sleep with pets don’t experience frequent sleep disturbances as a result of that arrangement. They more than likely benefitted from extra bonding time, enhanced mutual trust, added warmth, and companionship.
Some owners may also have peace of mind that their pets aren’t tearing up papers or knocking over the trash when they’re snuggled up next to them all night. For those who leave their pets at home while they work during the day, sleeping together at night is often seen as a chance to spend quality time together.
If sleeping with your pet gives you a sense of security or an added level of warmth, you may not see the need to establish rules for your animal friends. But it’s still a good idea to think about the ways that your pets may interfere with your sleep. You can then make changes that allow everyone involved to sleep comfortably.
Here are just a few of the rules that you may want to implement:
The decision to sleep with a pet is a personal one. But if you decide to do it, chances are you will be making your furry friend very happy – as well as yourself.