Can pets affect your sleep?

It’s estimated that nearly half of the UK let their pets sleep in their bedroom with them at night, which may come as no surprise considering we’re a nation that loves our furry companions. Opinions tend to be split 50/50 on whether this is a good idea or not. 

We all need good quality sleep at night- after all, it’s an essential for us to function daily and stay healthy. So does sleeping with our pets really help us to get the right quality of sleep we really need or is it the total opposite?

We’ve decided to look further into this to help you determine what’s the right option for you..

 

Pros 

Sleeping with your pet can promote a healthier heart

Studies show that being close to our pets can help to reduce the risk of a heart attack and blood pressure- which is more than enough reason to have them close at night!

Decreased loneliness 

For those who live alone, feelings of loneliness and isolation can appear from time to time. Having a pet is a great way to decrease feelings of loneliness, especially at night.

What’s more, animals are great for our mental health and can help with feelings of depression and anxiety.

They help you to produce Oxytocin

Sleeping with our pets can help to release the chemical known as ‘Oxytocin’ in the brain, which is associated with when we fall in love. The chemical also mitigates anxiety and stress, which can help you sleep better, too.

They can help to reduce allergies 

Research shows that having a pet in your household can help to eliminate allergies overtime, especially in children. Please note, if you do suffer with extreme allergies, this may not be the best idea for you.

 

Cons 

It may have a bad effect on your sleep quality 

If your dog or cat tends to move around regularly or make a lot of noise throughout the night, then it might not be the best idea to keep them in your bedroom. This can have a massive affect on your quality of sleep, resulting in tiredness and little energy in the day.

It’s not a good idea if you suffer with extreme allergies

If you have extreme allergies that affect your everyday life, it might not be the best idea to let your pet sleep with you. Pollen can attach to dogs and cats fur during the day, which they can then bring into your home and make allergies worse.

It’s not ideal if your pet isn’t house trained

If you have a new puppy or kitten that still requires training, it may be best to keep them in another room at night until they’re older. It can be a distraction to your night if they’re not yet used to their new surroundings.

 

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Reference:

https://thebark.com/content/13-scientific-benefits-sleeping-your-dog

https://blog.myollie.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-sleeping-with-your-dog/