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Why Sleeping With Pets Is Great

A child and a dog sleeping on a FurHaven brand pet bed

Paw-Fect Your Sleep Schedule With Your Pet!Sweet Dreams, Wagging Tails - How Pets Improve Sleep


Sharing a bed with your furry friend can be a no brainer for some people. For others, they wouldn’t dream of it (no pun intended!).But did you know that there might be some science behind why sleeping with your pets is actually good for both you AND them?


Improved Relationship With Your Pet 

A human and a dog doing stretches outside as the sun rises at FurHaven Pet Products

Sleeping with a pet in your room, or even on your bed, can be a great way to strengthen your relationship! It says a lot about you and your pets relationship if they trust you enough to let their guard down and sleep near you. As long as it is safe to do so, sleeping with your fur baby is a wonderful way to strengthen a new or pre-existing bond!

Security and Comfort

It may seem like an obvious answer, but sleeping with a furry friend in your bedroom can be a fantastic way to feel secure and safe; especially if you have a larger dog. In fact, having a larger dog can likely deter a robber or intruder completely. On the other hand, it may also improve your pet’s sense of security. If they are an anxious animal and are used to you being nearby, letting them sleep with you can improve their sleep habits, knowing that you’re close.

A cat being held by a human wearing a watch at FurHaven Pet Products

Mental Health

It’s been proven before that having pets can drastically improve mental health, lower cortisol levels, and raise dopamine levels. These positive effects bleed over when we’re asleep as well! Sleeping with your fur baby is a great way to improve your overall mood and wellness - if you have a great relationship with them already, sleeping may be even better!

Physical Health

Being around animals has a multitude of benefits, and some surprisingly point toward improving physical aspects of your health. Having a pet around at home has been proven to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, which can lead to better sleep, and better sleep can lower blood pressure and cholesterol! Owning a pet, especially a more active one like a dog, can also encourage you to move your body more. A bit of a no-brainer, but better physical health means a better sleep cycle. 

A blonde dog and a child sleeping on a FurHaven brand pet bed

Sleeping with a pet can also improve your allergies and immune system. A study done in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that children who live with pets in the home can actually help prevent eczema, prevent allergies to pets in the future, and help diversify their "biome" of germs. 

Get The Right Gear

If inviting your pet pal up onto your bed is new to both of you, or if you'd just like to provide a dedicated spot for your furry friend to sleep in the room with you, we've got the ultimutt gear.

A blonde dog sleeping on top of a FurHaven Furniture Protector

Protect your bed from mud, fur, slobber, and who knows what else with the Quilted Twill Waterproof Bed/Furniture Protector. Cuddling has never been better!

A brown/black dog sitting on a FurHaven Calming Cuddler Bed

A brown dog lying on a FurHaven Suede Sofa Bed

Give your fur baby their own dedicated bed - not sure what to surprise them with? Our Calming Cuddler donut bed and our Plush and Suede Sofa Bed are two of our most loved beds! 

Know When To Say No

We love being able to give our pet pals a big cuddle in bed at the end of a  long day, but allowing your pet into your bed may not be the best option for either of you. Here's a few things to consider before letting your fur baby onto your bed!


If you have preexisting allergies, or have began developing an allergy to pets, introducing your pet pals to sleeping in bed with you may not be the best idea. We did mention that children can develop resistance to allergies when sleeping with pets, but if you're a full grown adult, it's not likely you'll develop a resistance now. Try letting your friend in the room first, and if allergies persist, it may not be the best idea to let them stay.


A small black and white puppy lying on a human's arm at FurHaven Pet Products

If you have a new puppy in the house, it isn't a good idea to teach them to sleep in bed with you. It's one thing to introduce the idea to an adult dog, but while they're still a puppy, it's better to have them used to the idea of sleeping in a crate or their own bed before bringing them into yours. 

Anxious or Angry Animals

This one is a little bit of a no-brainer, but it's a good idea to reconsider allowing your pets who are on the slightly more anxious or angry side. Even if your relationship is great during the day, rolling into a sleeping animal that doesn't 100% trust you, or anyone, can be a recipe for disaster. 

Each pawrent knows their pet better than anyone, but making sure to take the steps to keep everyone safe is important. If you're unsure, always consult your veterinarian. 

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