Over half of all dog owners, around 56 percent, sleep with their sweet pup. Slightly fewer cat owners, around 45 percent, welcome their feline friends into the bed. While there’s no doubt that welcoming another body into your sleep space can change the dynamics of your sleep environment, sleeping with your pet comes with great benefits. And, as long as having your pet in bed isn’t detrimental to your health, there’s no reason you shouldn’t cuddle up for a good night’s rest.

Joys of Sharing Your Bed with a Furry Friend

If you’re still on the fence about sharing your bed with a pet, take a good look at this list of benefits and it might make your decision easier. 

1. Safety and Security

Pets bring a sense of safety and security into the bedroom, and that’s one of the number one reasons people bring a dog into their home in the first place. It makes sense to keep your furry “security blanket” close by when you’re at your most vulnerable. Animals are often more aware of security issues such as a fire or intruder. However, keep in mind that an alert pet might just as well wake you up because of a passing car or tree branch tapping on the window as a potential threat.

2. Less Stress and Anxiety

People who struggle with insomnia or have high-stress levels can benefit from having their pet nearby. For some people, simply touching their pets can release oxytocin, a chemical that triggers feelings of care and compassion. Lower levels of stress and anxiety can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

3. Comfort

A warm furry body might be what you need to stay warm and cozy through the night. Animals have higher body temperatures than humans. It’s almost like sleeping with an electric blanket. Keep in mind that most people comfortably sleep with the room temperature between 60 to 68 degrees. Adding another body to the bed might mean you’ll need to turn the thermostat down a couple of degrees for everybody’s comfort. 

4. Emotional Bonding and Connection

Sleeping with your pet strengthens your emotional connection to one another. This is especially true if you’re gone for most of the day while your pet is home alone. Extra time together during the night can make sure everybody feels like part of the pack.

How to Make It Work 

You might be ready to invite your pet under the covers, but there are a few things to keep in mind. There are some cases where sleeping with your pet can be detrimental to your health.  If you have allergies, for example, pet dander in the bedroom can cause breathing problems that interfere with your sleep.

But, beyond that, it’s about finding sleeping arrangements that work for everyone who’ll be sharing the bed. For small to medium-sized pets, a special pillow at the foot of the bed can help create boundaries and fewer sleep disruptions. Large dogs may sleep more comfortably on a pet bed in the corner as there will be less running into each other during the night.

If you’re considering sharing your bed with your pet, chances are you’re going to find it a rewarding experience. As long as you and your partner are getting the rest you need, a pet in the bed can create bonds that bring everyone closer together.

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