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We can all be a little funny about our pets, they are after-all our furbabies. Whether it be sharing a spoon, letting them lick our face or sharing our beds with them, when it comes to our pets we often let them do whatever they want. The problem is, does letting our pets into our beds put our own health at risk?

It might seem harmless and even kind to let your cat or dog sleep in your bed, but not if it could adversely affect your health. The main issue with letting your pet into your bed is the idea of zoonotic agents – diseases passed from animals to humans through close contact. Such diseases include the plague, cat-stretch disease and Chagas disease.

5678Of course, these diseases are usually spread through “pet kisses” such as letting them lick your mouth, so it’s hotly contented whether sleeping in the same bed can actually be enough to catch such diseases. Indeed, you’re probably more likely to catch a cold off your husband or wife.

However, although rare to catch one of these animal diseases, if you are one of the unlucky ones then these are much more serious diseases than a common cold. Keeping your pet up-to-date with its vaccinations and regularly sanitizing your hands will help to reduce the risk.

If you suffer from allergies or asthma you might want to keep your pets out the bed. Animal hair in your bed can not only cause itching that interrupts your sleep but the hair can also cause cold-like symptoms too. Again, if you must sleep with your pet, then you should ensure to wash your sheets regularly and at high temperatures. You should also take regular anti-allergy medicines.

One health risk that people often forget when it comes to sharing a bed with their pet is the health risks associated with disrupted sleep. No matter how deep a sleeper you are, there’s no denying that a pet can interrupt your sleep. Whether it be a dog needing to go out in the middle of the night or a cat that wants to be fed at 5am, when your sleep gets disrupted your health will suffer.

It’s not all bad though, there are also some benefits to letting your pets sleep in your bed too. Especially for owners who suffer from anxiety. Pets make us feel safe and calm, and for anxiety sufferers who find sleeping difficult, a pet can actually help us sleep better at night. If you feel unsafe alone in your home or simply find it hard to switch off when it comes to getting to sleep, having your pet in your bed can help you drift off to sleep much faster meaning you get the much-needed 6-8 hours of sleep needed at night.

It’s also thought that cats and dogs can relieve the symptoms of depression as well as anxiety. If you suffer from depression or simply feel down, a pet (and their unconditional love) can really help you feel better. Cuddling an animal is known to cause your body to release a chemical called oxytocin, which reduces stress and lowers blood pressure making you feel happier and healthier.

There is no real right or wrong answer to whether you should allow your pets into your bed – it will really come down to personal preference and views. However, if your pet begins to disturb your sleep regularly you should consider getting them their own bed instead. We did, but he chose the Relyon Pocket Memory Classic in the spare room! See below a few of our beds your pet will love.

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