Does your dog allow you to sleep better or does sleeping with a dog cause you to get less than a restful night’s sleep? Do sleeping dogs truly need to lie? As in lie next to us when we sleep?
Personally, I have a hard time sleeping without a dog. Honestly, my spouse and I have shared the bed with a dog for so many years (over 20) that to not have a snoring Cocker Spaniel by our side for white noise is simply—well, sort of like sleeping without pillows, sheets, and blankets.
According to a survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, almost half of dogs sleep with their owners in their owner’s beds.
Many of us, self included, prefer the soothing rhythms of a dog slumbering by our side, nestled in for a good night’s sleep. For the first two years of his life, my dog, Dexter, used my pillow for his own. This, for me, is quite the norm and many a pet parent would nod in agreement.
Adversely, there is a school of thought, and recently some more scientifically proven studies, revealing that sleeping with a dog might not be good for our health. From the “why’d you put a pin in my balloon” side of things, pet dander may instigate or trigger human allergies. Further, what Fido walks on outside is what Fido brings into the house and onto the bed linens. Diseases that can be transmitted between pets and people, aka “zoonotic,” do exist, but this is in the bedroom as well as any other room in the house.
Dogs who shift during sleep can cause disruptions in human sleep, making it harder to ensure a solid night’s rest. The risk of rolling on Rover or the dog falling off the bed is also of consideration from the “no don’t do it” school of thought. From the pages of “dominance and pack structure” behaviorists, there is a widely-held belief that the leader of the pack should be the only one allowed on the bed to maintain order, structure, and hierarchy.
Phooey I say. If you enjoy having a dog (or more) sleep with you and his or her presence does not compromise one’s health, pile on the pooches.
The emotional effects of having a dog in our lives are immeasurable, as study after study reveals. In fact, the Center for Disease Control reports that pets can help to lower our blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and diminish feelings of loneliness. After a long day, many of us find solace in retreating to our beds and having our pooches snuggle next to us.
Oh and on a final note, I am not usually into sharing an “infographic,” unless there is some great data I find would be valuable to Fidose readers. Here are 16 facts you might not know about sleep: See how many surprise you. After that, check out a typical night’s sleep in our household. How about you?