Face it: Your furry friend wants to be with you at all times. It’s only natural that when bedtime comes around, they want to go with you. By now, you’ve probably established a routine, but maybe the occasional snoring, moving around, or sprawling can get in the way of a good night’s sleep (for everyone). Here’s how you can rest easy.
Set a Sleeping Space
Even if you don’t share your bed, you can still designate a sleep spot for your cat or dog. Try a pet bed somewhere in the room that’s cozy and easy for them to access.
It’s important to make sure your pet wants to be sleeping in that space too. You need to be the one choosing, but you can also get a feel for where they like to be. Maybe they have a favorite pillow or blanket? You can use those along with cherished toys or treats to influence where you want them to be.
Don’t Sacrifice Comfort
Sometimes your dog or cat just wants to be right next to you – like, on your face or your legs. Some people aren’t bothered by this, but if it’s giving you problems, it’s time to set some boundaries. Try gently encouraging a sleep spot in an area on your bed where you won’t be disturbed. A good way to do this is by putting a blanket or a pillow in the corner of the bed or even by your headboard. And, depending on the size of your dog and bed, you can even try putting a dog bed on your bed.
Think of the Health Benefits
It’s been proven that pets are good for your soul and make you happier overall, so of course co-sleeping with your cat or dog can be beneficial. You get to bond with your bestie and enjoy each other’s warmth – and occasional snoring.
In the Air Tonight
At what cost love? Unmeasurable, including those of us allergic to the animals we love. Studies have proven a marked reduction in allergens and irritants in the air when an air purifier is used in the home. Though the jury’s out on actual medical benefits, some of us right here at Hayneedle swear by the use of a purifier/HEPA filter in the bedroom or other spaces where animal dander can be reduced. Plus a little white noise is, in addition to the occasional snore of a furry companion, a comforting sound as we slumber.