Do you cuddle up to your corgi or fight for pillow space with a cat?
Well, you’re not alone. And according to research from the Center for Sleep Medicine in Arizona sharing a bed with your pet could help you get a good night’s sleep.
In a study of 150 people, just under half of which had pets, 20% said having pets in the bedroom was disruptive but 41% said their pets were “unobtrusive or even beneficial to sleep”.
Among its results are findings such as: “One married woman described her 2 small dogs as ‘bed warmers’” and “one 50-year-old woman did ‘not mind when my lovely cat’ slept on her chest.”
Although the 2015 study only looked at a small group of people it concluded that healthcare professionals working with patients with sleep issues should check if they have a pet to see if it could help them drift away at night more easily.
We assume the researchers were mainly thinking about people with cats and dogs because it might be trickier getting some shut eye with an iguana.
But even cat and dog owners have very different experiences. Some swear by snuggling up to their four-legged friend to help them relax, while others have been tormented by cats charging over the mattress all night.
In fact, the Centre for Sleep Medicine previously found that many people are being disturbed in their sleep because of their pets.
Although according to this tweet some people would prefer to share their bed with a pet rather than their partner!
74% of Britons claim they lose 7 hours of #sleep a week due to partner’s bedtime annoyances, 10% would rather share their bed with their pet— Furmanac Ltd (@FurmanacLtd) November 25, 2015
Tweet us to tell us whether you let your pets in the bedroom.
It's really hard to wake up in a bad mood if you share a bed w your pet ❣❣❣— vîvîan (@vivboggs) November 25, 2015
If you are thinking about bunking up with a furry buddy there some things you do need to think about. It might not be particularly healthy if you have any breathing problems. And if you have a large dog and allow them to sleep with you from a young age or you buy another dog you might find there isn’t enough room on the bed.
In a case cited on US site WebMD a pet owner with two weimaraners struggled to train them to sleep on the floor. She said: “We finally got a water bottle and squirted him when he tried to get into bed with us. It was a three-month process to get them to sleep in their own beds, but we’re worthless unless we get eight hours sleep, so we had to get this under control. Now we all get a good night’s sleep.”
And if your dog gets too comfortable there is the danger of this happening.