Many pets happily make themselves at home on your bed, which many guardians are more than happy to accommodate. It can be a wonderful feeling to cuddle up with your pet on the bed, but now new research is saying that sharing your bed with your furry friend could be bad for your sleep and, by extension, bad for your health.
As reported in The Huffington Post, Dr. Sowjanya Duthuluru M.D. presented the new research at the 2014 SLEEP conference.
Shared Co-Sleeping Experiences
Dr. Sowjanya Duthuluru M.D. and his team surveyed 300 people to learn more about their sleep habits. Of the 300, 148 participants reported being pet guardians. More than half of the participants (54 percent to be exact) claimed to sleep in the bed with their pet.
There weren’t significant differences between the participants regarding gender, age and whether they were cat or dog guardians. Here are a few things that the people who slept on their bed with their pets had in common:
How Pets Disturb Sleep
Our pets are pretty cute, but their sleeping habits arenít always cute.
Sleeping with Pets isnít All Bad
Any pet guardian who has slept in a bed with a pet probably has many positive stories of sharing their space with their beloved companions. Here are a few of the ways that pets can enrich our sleeping experience:
If you decide that it is time to get your pet its own bed away from you, do some research and realize that it may not be easy to change the routine. While dogs might have an easier time adjusting, this isn’t necessarily the case for cats. According to Pets Web MD, the bed is a cat’s territory and it is an all or nothing situation. You may have to close the door if you want to keep kitty off your bed.
So, will you be kicking your furry friend off of your bed anytime soon? I don’t think that I will. Sure, sometimes it can be annoying, but my bed probably won’t feel the same without them. I will take the disturbances, the noises and the germs in exchange for those priceless snuggle memories.
Just for fun, hereís a cute sight to wake up to.
Hereís a not so cute one (okay, it’s still cute).
Photo Credit: Romana Klee
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