You may not want to admit it but sleeping with your pet may be causing you to lose sleep! According to a Mayo Clinic study, 18% of pet owners felt that their animal disturbed their sleep. The actual numbers are probably higher.
Many people don’t want to admit it because of their loyalty to their animals. They fail to realize that poor sleep can affect things like your mood, memory and your health.
Fidgety pets that toss and turn in bed can keep you from falling asleep or staying asleep. Even if you are not consciously waking up, your dog or cat could be causing microarousals, or mini wake ups, throughout the night which disrupts your sleep cycle.
It might actually be time for Fido to sleep in that comfy dog bed that you got him years ago!