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To snuggle or not to snuggle?

March 4th 2019

Author: Sarah Butler

Does your dog snuggle up with you in bed at night? It might be time to reconsider your bedtime habits.

There can often be nothing more heartwarming than having your pampered pooch curl up with you in your bed as you drift off to sleep. They’re warm, you’re warm, and everyone is
comfortable. However, that’s all before you wake up during the night, claw your blankets back from the dog, then wake up again to move them to their own bed. While there’s no denying that pets can bring you comfort and security in the bedroom, they can also bring you a restless night’s sleep
.

Researchers found two surprising results. Firstly those with a dog that slept in the same
bedroom had excellent sleep quality. While they were in the same bedroom, they had their own bed or area in which to rest. However, the second part of the study showed that those who let their dog sleep with them in bed under their covers had a poorer quality of sleep.

However, researchers also found that even though people were more likely to wake up tired than those who had their dog sleep elsewhere, they enjoyed the sense of security.

Aside from a lack of sleep, there are many other reasons why you should direct your furry friend to their own bed instead. If you have an inside dog and they get fleas, there’s every reason to believe you’re going to find them in your home. Then, when you invite them onto
the bed, you are also extending an open invitation to their fleas. The last thing you want is to wake up covered in bites then spend days trying to rid your home and bed of the problem
.

Every time your dog goes outside to take care of business and play, they will most likely be bringing faecal particles inside with them as well. As faeces contain bacteria, your dog is traipsing it through your home then directly onto your bed sheets.

Sometimes, nothing brings a smile to your face quicker than hopping into bed with your furry friend. However, if you want to get a decent night’s sleep, it’s a good idea to invest in a quality
bed for them and enjoy your own bed for yourself
.