Dog and cat owners do is in particular. They like to share their bed at night with their cuddly little pet because after all, it does make your bed all nice and cosy. But how can this affect our health and what are the reasons behind it?
Many cat owners will be used to their beloved little pet sneaking into their bed night after night. But even dog owners like having their little four-legged friends spend the night in their bed. There’s a lot to be said for this, but of course, there are also disadvantages.
Letting pets in your bed
Children and singles, in particular, like to let their pets sleep in their bed or in the same room as them at night. And as is so often the case, there are conflicting opinions about this. However, most experts see no problem with allowing your pet to curl up in bed with you - as long as certain things are taken into account.
For example, the first rule is that humans make the decision for their four-legged friends to spend the night in bed with them and not the animals themselves. This is by no means the product of poor training, but you have to do something about it if this happens.
Furthermore, it is essential that both you and your pet are in good health. In addition, both parties must be able to get enough sleep. People, in particular, find it harder to fall asleep when there is a loud, grumbling animal stirring in the bed next to them.
Something to keep in mind
Another important aspect to take into account in terms of your own health is the hygiene of your pet. Dogs, in particular, come into contact with dirt quite often when they are out walking. You don’t need to give your dog a bath every day, but you should make sure it is clean enough before letting it crawl into bed with you. After all, mites and other insects like to nestle in the dust, mud and moisture.
Just like you do for yourself, you should always keep your animal on a regular bedtime routine. This is also important so you don’t disturb your pet’s sleep pattern.
If you notice any of the following, it might be a good idea to stop your animal sleeping in bed with you: flea bites, breathing difficulties and other sleep problems. All of these can affect your health and then nobody wins - neither you or your pet!
Check out the video above for a summary of all the pros and cons of this topic.