In honor of National Pet Day, we wanted to look at a common pet debate: Should pets sleep in bed with you? The fluffy, cuddliness of dogs and cats makes it easy to let them snuggle in at night. However, if you’re looking to get a good night’s rest, letting your pet sleep in the bed might be a bad idea.
The Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Center surveyed 300 patients with sleep problems. Turns out, about 25 percent of insomniacs could have sleep issues because of their pets. Pawnation reviews some of the findings:
“John Shepard, MD, the center’s medical director, found that more than half owned pets, and of those, nearly 60% slept with their pets in the bedroom. Overall, 53% of pet owners felt their sleep was disrupted to some extent every night.”
Typically, if a dog or cat is sleeping in the bedroom, it’s sleeping in the bed with you. So what can you do to wake up well-rested if you’re a pet owner? Here are a few ideas from our pet-owning friends:
Having a pet is good for your health, so make sure you’re not letting them do you wrong by keeping you up at night!
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