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Sleep and Pets

Does sharing a bed with Fido help or hinder your quality of sleep? 

Written by Julianne Hilmes

You want your sweet fur baby to snuggle in bed all night. Your spouse? Not so much. Do a quick search on whether or not sleeping with pets is good and you’ll find studies and blog posts backing up both sides of the argument. So where does that leave you?

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Here, some pros and cons to consider:

For some, including children, the comfort of that warm furry body snuggled nearby creates a sense of security, making it easier to fall asleep.

Along the same lines, those with depression or anxiety might find extra comfort in keeping their loving companion close.

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If you are a light sleeper, a wiggly pet that readjusts frequently can disrupt your sleep.

It's good for your dog! They aren't called "man's best friend" for nothing. Dogs want to please and be near you, so what better bonding opportunity than to snuggle up?

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Sleeping with pets is probably not great for germaphobes. No matter how hard you try, dirty paws and pet hair will inevitably find their way onto your bed linens, which can also aggravate allergies and asthma.

A study from the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine found that 41% of pet owners surveyed found sharing their bed with pets to be "unobtrusive or even beneficial to sleep."

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A 2011 study from the CDC found that, although rare with healthy animals, sleeping with pets does increase the risk of transmitting zoonoses. 

Bed warmer. Our four-legged friends naturally run a higher body temp than we do, so enjoy that low-energy-cost little heater!

We are head over heels for our pets at Traditional Home, but when it comes to whether or not those pets get to sleep on the bed, an informal poll revealed that our pet-owning staffers are split right down the middle. Turns out, we are just as divided as the rest of America!

At the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide how you—and your pet—will get the best quality of sleep. You love your pooch like family, and whether they sleep in your bed or their own bed doesn’t change that. 

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