Sure, it’s fun to cuddle up with your dog or cat at night when bedtime rolls around. The company is nice and it feels good to spoil your furry companion by letting him sleep in bed with you. However, you could be doing serious damage to your ability to get a good night’s sleep by letting your dog or cat share your resting space. According to new research out of the Mayo Clinic, around 10% of pet owners report that pets sometimes interrupt their sleep. The number in 2002 was just one percent, which indicates pets in the bed is a trend on the rise, and not necessarily a good one for pet owners looking to land a decent night’s sleep. Essentially the study determined that most pets do not cause major sleep interruptions, but minor annoyances that over time can damage your sleep cycles and comfort levels. Sleep problems are best left to a sleep specialist, but if you’re feeling as though you’re not getting the most out of your sleeping time it’s possible that allowing your pet in the bed could be one of the primary culprits. Disturbances reported by respondents included pet snoring, seizures, restlessness, and the need to head outside for a potty break. The most common pets owned by respondents were dogs, birds, and cats. In the end, whether to allow your pet in bed with you comes down to personal preferences and the behavior of your pet.
Craig is an entrepreneur and business executive with an extensive background in all aspects of small business management. As a long-time dog advocate and guardian, he founded Vet Organics to develop an affordable, all-natural, safe, and effective dog ear infection remedy. With the help of natural chemists and botanical experts, Vet Organics products have helped thousands of dogs around the world find relief for painful, chronic ear infections. Craig went on to design powerful all-natural formulas that address a variety of dog and cat ailments, health-boosting supplements, and nutritious treats. When he isn’t designing solutions for dog and cat well-being, he can be found mentoring young entrepreneurs in his community, traveling the world, or building other businesses with an ethical and sustainable focus.