The Skinny on Sleeping with a Pet

Do you sleep with a pet? According to a recent survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, 62 percent of small dogs, 41 percent of medium-sized dogs, and 32 percent of large dogs sleep in the same bed as their owners! The survey also shares that 63 percent of cats sleep with their adult owners, and another 13 percent sleep in the beds of children.

Boise Mattress Sleep Pet Infographic

Those Who Can and Those Who Shouldn’t!

If you suffer from allergies or asthma, you most likely should not be sleeping with a pet, according to Dr. Derek Damin of Kentuckiana Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology in Louisville, Kentucky. Use a HEPA filter to filter away pet dander and hair, and try to give your nose a few hours a day to recover.

An allergy shot to help build up a tolerance to the pet dander is recommended for those of you who suffer but just can’t kick Fido out of bed!

He goes on to say that those who do not suffer from any known allergies don’t really have any issues sharing their beds with their pets! Unless, of course, those pets snore like wild animals and steal the covers!

The Other Factor of Sharing Your Bed: Interrupted Sleep!

Wouldn’t it be great if we could share our beds AND get a restful night’s sleep? A study released by the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Center says that 53 percent of pet owners who co-sleep suffer pet-related disturbance in some way nightly.

However, it’s not all bad news! Some pet owners reported feeling comforted by the presence of their pets. They have also reported feeling less stressed and having lower blood pressure!

Whether you’re choosing to sleep with or without your pet, Boise Mattress has a variety of mattresses that are big enough to suit all your needs!


Find a bed that makes you feel good,