Many families who own a cat or dog treat them just as another member of the family. These animals share food, living spaces, accompany owners on car rides, and some even share the same bed at night. Some question whether or not having a pet sleep in the same bed as its owner is a good idea. Many people, however, report that they get a much better night’s sleep when they share the bed with their pet. If this is the case, it may be beneficial to invest in a larger bed from a mattress company in Minneapolis, MN, to ensure that both owners and pet are getting the best sleep possible.
It is possible that our sleep schedules can affect our pets. If we have them sleep with us for an extended period of time, and then expect them to sleep on their own in a pet bed or even a different room, they may not get sleep. They have become accustomed to sleeping with their owner, and if their sleep habits and accommodations are suddenly changed, they may stay awake. And we all know if the pet is awake in the middle of the night, it is most likely that the owners are up as well.
If we are night owls, this can also affect our pet’s sleep schedule. Some pets do just fine sleeping when their owners are awake; however, some do not. Pets are just like people; when the light turns on or they hear a noise, they usually wake. If we suffer from insomnia, we may end up keeping our pets up during the night as well. If pets do not get sleep, they will have more difficulty warding off illnesses and their immune systems will suffer, thus shortening their life span.
If owners have difficulty sleeping at night, it may be beneficial for both owner and pet to sleep in the same bed. Whether suffering from full-blown insomnia or sleepless nights, studies have shown that people who have a pet sleep next to them are more likely to get more sleep than those who sleep alone. A cat or dog is the most commonly owned pet in the United States and both are useful for those who suffer from sleep deficiencies. Pets will also adopt the same sleep schedule as their owners because they are more dependent on humans than other pets. Those who chose to sleep with their pets felt more of a companionship with their pets when they both slept in the same bed. Because many people treat their pets as members of the family, they want to be sure to incorporate them into every aspect of their lives, whether it’s sleeping in the same bed or even just the same room together.
Pets, specifically dogs, are known to help reduce anxiety in humans. Feeling needed will help a pet feel important and thus sleep better overall. There are some pets who, on the opposite side, suffer from separation anxiety and cannot sleep unless near their owners. As a result, sleeping in the same bed or room as their owner can help a pet have a more restful sleep knowing their owner is near.
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