Table of contents:
- 1. You don't rest well
- 2. Welcome allergies
- 4. Cat Scratch Disease
- 5. It is not hygienic
- And you, do you sleep with your dog or cat?
For many women sleeping with their dog or cat is a pleasure. Their love for them makes it impossible for them to think that they can have their own space to rest. Although sleeping with your pet has its advantages, for example, that the love between them is reinforced and even the level of stress or anxiety is reduced, this habit endangers your health.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assured La Vanguardia that, according to their figures, 56% of people sleep with their pets and 50% of dogs sleep in their owner's bed.
If you sleep with your cat, dog or any other pet, what risks do you run?
1. You don't rest well
As much as you ensure that with your pet you sleep warm and that you have a pleasant rest, science says the opposite. Research from the Mayo Clinic carried out with 40 adults ensures that doing so disturbs your rest and wakes you up several times during the night. In addition, the posture in which your dog or cat sleeps prevents you from moving fully.
Even John Shepard, director of the Center for Sleep Disorder of this institution, in 2002 published the results of a study conducted with 152 patients who had animals and allowed them to sleep in their beds. Half of them claimed that their animals woke them up every night, and 21% of dog owners and 7% of people with cats complained that their pets snored and would not let them rest.
2. Welcome allergies
Sleeping with your pet influences your susceptibility to allergies, asthma, and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. In addition, during the night they can also give you bites and scratches, injuries that could transmit infectious diseases, with children, pregnant women and immunodeficient patients being the most affected.
Dr. Derek Damin explained the following to WebMD: "People with animal allergies or asthma should not sleep with their pets or allow them to enter the room."
3. Your pet becomes more aggressive
As well? In The Domestic Dog, James Serpell says that when you let your dog sleep with you, you are letting it develop aggressiveness and problems related to separation.
4. Cat Scratch Disease
You contract it when your cat scratches you because fleas that have been infected with disease-producing bacteria are housed in its claws. But this disease can also be spread through licking. Take the necessary precautions, especially if there are children or babies at home.
5. It is not hygienic
Because of their naturalness, animals walk on the street, take things from the ground and accumulate many bacteria in their fur and muzzle that you know are there, but you have no idea of the effects they can have on you, not to mention fleas and ticks. Would you be willing to have those bacteria and insects in your bed?
6. Problems with detachment
It is much more complicated for your pet to quit the habit than to acquire it. If your dog or cat gets used to sleeping with you every night, you will have problems when someone wants to rest with you, because if you make it impossible for them they will cry a lot and will start knocking on the door trying to allow you access. It will affect your sleep!
And you, do you sleep with your dog or cat?
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