Cuddling with your pets can be comforting. Your pets give you pure love and they don’t ask for anything in return. Your pets can keep you warm and they can also make your life more complete. Lots of people sleep with their pets and have positive experiences when they do so, but there are also some questions you have to think about before you make the decision to sleep with your pets.
Do You Have Allergies?
If you have allergies you might want to think twice about sleeping with your pets. Cats and dogs give off dander and they can make your allergies a lot worse. If you sleep with your pets and you are consistently waking up with a stuffy nose and a headache you might be allergic to your pets. If you are allergic to pet dander you never want to sleep with your pets.
Do You Wake Up Feeling Tired?
Many people sleep better when they share their bed with their pets and they have a higher quality of sleep. However, some pets can have a negative effect on the quality of your sleep and make it a lot harder to get the sleep you need. If your pet is scratching all night or getting in an out of bed, you might want to consider different sleeping arrangements. Some pets snore or they take over the bed and this can lead to a lack of sleep for you, so avoid sleeping with pets if they keep you up at night.
How Big Are Your Pets?
Sleeping with a pet can make you feel safer, but you probably don’t want to sleep with a dog that is so huge that he takes up the entire bed. Some dogs are almost as big as a person and they are not always the best dogs to share your bed with. The important thing is that you feel comfortable and that you are still able to enjoy a good night’s sleep. If you are constantly waking up because of your pet you shouldn’t share your bed with the pet. Consider getting a dog or cat bed that you place next to the bed. This will allow you to still be near your pet, but your sleep won’t be disturbed as much.
Consider the Age of Your Pets
Sleeping with puppies and kittens or pets that are very old can be challenging. Puppies and kittens want to play at night and they can also have accidents in your bed. Puppies can be a huge handful and they squirm around so much that it is going to be hard to sleep. Older pets can also cause a lot of problems when you are trying to sleep. Older pets often snore and they don’t always sleep well. They can move around in their sleep and they might have to get up at night to go to the bathroom or they might even have accidents in your bed.
Older pets can have problems getting in and out of the bed and you might need to get up at night to help them in and out of the bed if they can’t climb in anymore. This is going to cut into the amount of sleep you get. Your pets are probably going to want to sleep with you as they get older so consider buying them an orthopedic bed that you keep next to yours.
Sleeping with pets can work, but it can also have a negative effect on your sleep. If you start having problems when you are sleeping with your pets you will need to make other sleeping arrangements for them.