Before owning my first dog, I saw movies about dogs and all the fantastic stuff they did as owners and pets. For example: To have dogs who sleep in bed with you. However, at home, dogs were not allowed in beds.
Now that I have grown, I have my house and my rules. In addition, I have four beautiful dogs.
In the last years, attitudes such as bed-sharing with dogs have changed. That is funny because most friends know I prefer to sleep with my dogs rather than my boyfriend.
Despite time having changed, some people still do not accept their dogs to sleep with them. On the other hand, many spend every night with a dog.
How many people sleep with their dogs?
AKC’s survey has shown that 45% of people sleep with their dogs. Moreover, a Harris Poll conducted in 2012 showed even a higher result. This is not new for humans. Stone age men used to sleep with their dogs to feel protected and warm their dogs when winter arrived. Some other studies have demonstrated that these four-legged friends were not just hunting friends. But also valued for their warming qualities.
The benefits of sleeping with dogs.
It is known not only by most of us but also by science that living and sharing your life with a dog brings many benefits to the owner, whether you sleep with your dog or not. However, sleeping with your dog enhances the bond between humans and dogs. Moreover, sleeping with them is your best option for those who spend the whole day working and want to share time with their dogs. It has been proved that sleeping with a dog helps you to be more relaxed. And sleep better during the 6 or 8 hours needed to rest.
Studies have shown that petting and having close contact with animals improve your health. For example, it improves survival rates after life-threatening surgery.
If you are of those people who talk to dogs, talking to dogs decreases your blood pressure. That is what has been observed in people talking to pets. Some others use pets as a relief from loneliness.
Scientists still don’t know how much has to be in contact between dogs and humans to have positive effects. But if something is needed is, close contact.
A dog in the garden or outdoors in the kennel will probably not help you improve your blood pressure or reduce your risk of a heart attack. However, a dog you could hug, sleep with, and spend time with, YES.
The risks of sleeping with dogs.
Infection, Sleep deprivation and Behavioral issues in the dog are some of the main concerns raised over sharing the bed with your dog. A highlighted report published in 2011 showed concerns about infections being passed from dogs to humans, and there were examples of people infected with plagues after sleeping with dogs.
It could have acquired 90% of these infections in close contact with these pets. Not necessary after sleeping with dogs. Scientists studying the phenomenon have said: “Zoonotic infections acquired by sleeping with a pet are uncommon.”
In conclusion, most infections and plagues humans get from living with pets are not because of sleeping with them but because of a lack of hygiene. To bath your dog, cut his hair, take him to the vet, and teeth care are some of the important things you as a dog owner should do. So, you will not get infected if you take care of your dog’s hygiene.
You only have to worry if you have a compromised immune system or are allergic to dogs’ hair; otherwise, do not worry.
Can dogs cause sleep deprivation?
An extensive survey on human-animal co-sleeping carried out by Scientist Bradley in Australia showed that the whole people who sleep with their dogs last longer trying to sleep and were more likely to wake up tired than those whose dogs were not allowed in the bedroom.
Despite this, those who allowed their dogs to sleep with them did not report feeling more tired, getting the same number of hours slept as the non-co-sleepers. As a result, sleeping with a dog does not cause sleep deprivation. However, the last judgement is yours, and it depends on your dog’s attitude and how well educated they are.
Can co-sleeping cause problems in dogs’ behaviour?
People say that when owning a dog, you don’t have to let them use your favourite chair or sleep in your bed because they can turn into dominant or possessive dogs. However, in most cases, this is not true. As a result, letting him sleep on the bed will not put him in charge of the household.