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 a lifelong pet owner and dog advocate with a special interest in animal and human longevity. He founded Vet Organics to develop an affordable, all-natural, safe and effective ear infection remedy for his dog, Lucy, whose chronic ear problems could not be solved by the vet.