We all have a soft spot in our hearts for our beloved four-legged friends – but should we also save them a soft spot in our bed? For some people, sleeping with our pets is a comforting end to our stressful days, but others are wearisome about the addition of fur and dirt to their sheets. Is sleeping with your pets really unhealthy? In this blog, we'll settle it once and for all.
- Unrestful Sleep
Some researchers have determined that co-sleeping with an animal often results in unrestful sleep. People tend to wake up periodically throughout the night when they are accompanied by a pet in bed. Interrupted sleep strains your brain’s ability to recover and reset for the following morning.
A major concern that some pet-owners have is the potential of contracting an illness. Animals have the potential to carry illnesses. Additionally, if you have allergies or asthma, sleeping with a pet could heighten the problems associated with this illness.
- Heightened Aggression
Another worry that comes with sleeping with a pet is their heightened sense of dominance. When you allow your pet to sleep in your bed, they view that space as their own territory. No one wants to raise a defensive and aggressive dog.
- Interfering with Intimacy
While this aspect of sleeping does not necessarily affect your physical health, it could affect your emotional health. Couples need physical touch to maintain a connection. When an animal is wedged between the two of you, intimacy could suffer.
With these points in mind, it's hard to ignore the disadvantages of sleeping with a pet. In the same breath, it's hard to ignore those puppy eyes staring back at you as you crawl into bed. Our advice would be to stick with your gut. If your animal is likely to dirty up your mattress or heighten your allergies, then it's probably not the best idea to let them on your bed.
The team at Shovlin Mattress Factory are experts in all things sleep-related. Stop by our showroom to try out our broad range of mattresses. We'll fit you with the perfect one, big enough for that furry pal.