Is It Healthy to Sleep with Your Family Pet
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Is It Healthy to Sleep with Your Family Pet

Many are so devoted to their beloved pet that can not part even for a night's rest. Is sleeping with your pet healthy? You might be surprised by the answer.

We live in a country of animal lovers and statistics show that many of us sleep with our beloved pets. According to a recent survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association, nearly half of dogs sleep in their owner’s beds. The survey found that 62% of small dogs, 41% of medium-sized dogs and 32% of large dogs sleep with their owners.

The survey also found that 62% of cats sleep with their adult owners, and another 13% of cats sleep with children.

But is it healthy to sleep with our pets? Of course obviously if you are allergic to your dog or cat you should certainly not sleep with them no matter how much you love them. You need to allow yourself a few hours of recovery from those allergies. However, studies show most people will not put the pet out of their bed. They will either suffer with the symptoms or endure allergy shots to try to compensate for their decisions.

However other than this there is no real medical reason not to share your bed with your pet. But there is another problem with allowing your pet to sleep in your bed, they can seriously disturb your sleep. There have been many sleep studies performed due to patient complaints of insomnia, and interestingly enough, about half the patients had a dog or cat and they admitted that sleeping with their pets actually did disturb their sleep nightly.

Insomnia is a huge problem for people which can definitely lead to other more serious medical issues. Hours are spent studying the problem and trying to find the solution and then they discover they have a pet sleeping with them and everything gets a lot more clear and understandable.

Of course, for those people that don’t have any problem falling asleep and staying asleep with or without a pet, it is fine to allow a dog or cat as your bed partner.

But what about sex? There is the matter of intimacy with a pet in the bed. Well that is of course, completely up to couple involved. Some are very creative with how they handle it. Some will put the pet outside the room during the time of their intimacy. Others will distract the pet with its favorite treat. Others simply don’t care and ignore the pet while they are involved with their love partner.

However this has to be completely worked out between the love partners. If one of the partners is uncomfortable or objects to the audience during sex, an agreement must be reached.

It is also very important that the cat or dog does not physically come between the human couple. That intimacy of snuggling and cuddling is all important, actually more important than the actual sex, and should not be disturbed by an animal.

So if you are not allergic and you are sleeping well, and you are in agreement with your sexual partner as to whether your pet should be in or out of the bedroom, then there is not one thing wrong with sleeping with your pet.

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Comments (6)

very right

A thought-provoking article! You need to check for two things to write a follow-up 1. What about animals infecting their owners. Most animals are carriers of dangerous bacteria and viruses. 2. Some of the chemical exuded from the human body during sex can affect animals. What about them? -- Shastri

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Wow, really great suggestions. thank you.

I have tried several times sleeping with my two pythons, a 7 foot retic python and a 3 feet burmese python. Well I'm just thinking they were still way too small to swallow me as a whole and it was just great for the experience. I suppose it is alright as long as you are open to sharing with your pet's parasite. Sleeping with a pet lion or an elephant will surely be a daring try.

Hmm, never thought of sleeping with a pet.

Hummm . . .