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Alaska Sleep Education Center

Is it Healthy to Sleep with Pets?

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Aug 12, 2013 5:06:00 PM

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Sleeping with our beloved animal companion is common and for many a very necessary nightly ritual. But is it healthy for us?

Statistics from a recent survey by the American Pet Products Association show that almost half of dogs from Alaska to Florida get to sleep with their owners. We figure this is true in Anchorage as well. Additionally the survey found that 62% of cats sleep with their adult owners.

This might be soothing, but what if one or more of the people sleeping with their pet has allergies? Most allergy and asthma experts seem to agree that in this case pets should not even be allowed in the bedroom. But if you can’t stand the thought of not having your pet curled up by your side all night long, there are other options like allergy shots that can help owners build up a tolerance to pet dander.

But can pets help you sleep? Some would argue an emphatic YES! One lady from Kennesaw, GA insists that the warmth and rhythmic breathing of her Laborador Retriever mix helps her get to sleep faster than Ambien. Some people may feel calmer or safer with their pet in their bed.

Do you enjoy sleeping with your pet?

Topics: Sleep Tips

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