Who doesn’t love snuggling up to a fluffy dog or cat? While it is a well-known fact that owning pets can be beneficial to their owners’ health, sleeping with these furry friends can actually be quite harmful and make it difficult to get your best night’s sleep.
A recent APPA study found that more than half of dogs and cats sleep with their adult owners. That is a lot a pet hair getting caught in between the sheets.
Those with allergies to pet dander will find themselves much happier whenever they find an alternative spot for their furry friends to rest for the night. Most people will benefit from giving their sinuses a break from the strain of hair saturated air, but hypoallergenic pets can make this process less stressful.
Obviously, sleeping with pets increases the opportunity to have your sleep disturbed by an animal’s movement and natural disruptions in their own sleep cycles – after all, we can’t assume our sleep cycle is the same as our pet’s sleep cycle. Many animals experience a more active REM stage of sleep, which often times results in restless leg movements, growling or barking, and sudden waking. Some pets, especially dogs with a history of more aggressive behavior, may become more protective at night, especially when sleeping with their owner. Therefore, understanding your pets behaviors is an important factor when choosing whether or not you should be snuggling up with your pet pals.
Getting pets out of the bedroom once they have become accustomed to sleeping with you is a much more difficult problem than washing out pet hair. Most vets believe that pets should be kept out of the bedroom altogether if you don’t intend on them sleeping with you. Training dogs to stay off the bed is typically easier than with cats, but either animal can pose a challenge, especially when you are trying to get them to stay in the same room, but not on the actual bed.
Overall, it is important to understand both you and your pet’s sleep preferences and behaviors before making long-term decisions that can influence behavior and become habit.
Comfort can be defined as a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint, but what does this mean for you when you’re looking for a mattress? You spend on average a third of each day in bed, which also means we spend an average of one-third of our lives in bed. When looking at these numbers you begin to see just how important a comfortable mattress along with a good night’s sleep really is. This leads to the question of what is more comfortable for you, a firm mattress or a soft one? This can depend on different variables such as what position you sleep in (back, side, or stomach), medical conditions, chronic pain, and age just to list a few.
Firm mattresses are often documented for helping with and relieving back pain due to its ability to give adequate support to the spine during sleep, but not known to be as comfortable due to the lack of conformability. Some recent studies are finding more evidence that medium-firm mattresses are alleviating more pain than a firm; this is usually attributed to the combination of support and conformability. The combination of support and conformability is like getting the best of both all wrapped up in one mattress, this option is often considered the more comfortable mattress for buyers.
Then, there are still some that prefer a soft mattress over firmer options. Soft mattresses allow your body to sink down and give the feeling of floating on a cloud. While this feeling is often longed for, it’s not always suitable for everyone. People with back and neck pain find that they do not get enough support and elderly people report that they have trouble turning over at night, and getting out of the bed in the morning.
The bottom line in finding comfort in a mattress is knowing what is going to work best for your body; there isn’t any one mattress suitable for every person. When finding a mattress most comfortable for you it is vital that you take time and do the research and make sure to read the reviews to know what you are getting.
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