Why You Shouldn’t Sleep in Bed with Your Dog

According to a survey by the American Pet Products Association, nearly half of Americans sleep in bed with their dogs. We love our canine pals. But should they really be sleeping in bed with us? Probably not.

Here are 3 compelling reasons to get your pup its own snuggle pad and keep your bed all to yourself…

They can mess with your sleep quality.

Not sleeping great lately? It may be your dog’s fault.

Not surprisingly, dogs may interrupt our sleep in a way that human bed partners do not. This may be because dogs don’t understand our sleep needs—I know my dog is pretty good at taking up an entire King-size bed with his 40 pound body. According to a recent study from MayoClinic, sleeping with your dog can drastically reduce sleep efficiency, even if you don’t feel like you’re tossing and turning all night. If you’re sick of feeling exhausted at work every morning, your canine bed pal may be to blame.

That being said, having a dog in your bedroom has been shown to have no adverse effect on sleep quality, so feel free to keep your pup’s personal bed in the corner by your bed if you love their company.

Young woman is lying and sleeping with poodle dog in bed.

They can put your health at risk.

While having a pet has actually been known to boost your immune system, sleeping with them can have the opposite effect. Namely, ticks. If you live in an area where ticks congregate, odds are your pup is loaded with them. When you sleep with your dog, ticks may crawl freely from your pup onto you, spreading malicious diseases like Lyme.

Lyme disease can be absolutely devastating to your health, so avoid sleeping with your dog to limit your exposure to any ticks they may carry. Cuddle sessions are fine, but be smart and vigilant when it comes to ticks.

Woman in cozy home clothes relaxing at home with dog Jack Russel Terrier, drinking cacao, reaing a book. Comfy lifestyle.

Sleeping on the bed can encourage unhealthy dominance.

It’s important to set clear-cut rules for your dog, especially if they have a tendency towards dominance or aggression with people or other animals. Allowing your dog to hop on and off the bed whenever they want can encourage your dog to feel in charge, which means they may start listening to you less. Be direct with your dog. If they jump on the bed without being invited, directly say NO and usher them off. Over time, training your dog to wait for permission to jump on furniture not only keeps the human-dog relationship in healthy balance, but it can also keep your white pillows safe from unwanted muddy paws!

I’m totally onboard with the morning/evening cuddle session with your pup, but spending the night snuggled up with them is not a great idea. Improve your night’s sleep by keeping your pup off the bed.

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michela c
michela c17 days ago

Thanks (but I don't agree!)

W. C
W. C3 months ago


William C
William C3 months ago

Thank you.

Christina K
Christina Klein5 months ago

Thanks for signing!

Marge F
Marge F5 months ago

Thank you for posting this interesting article.

Richard A
Richard A5 months ago

Thank you for this article.

Patrice Z
Patrice Z5 months ago

Interesting points.

Angel W
Past Member 5 months ago

i'd rather sleep beside an animal than person anyday

Patricia D
Patricia D5 months ago

Can't imagine sleeping with a dog or cat in my bed.

sharon b
sharon b5 months ago