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Sleeping with a furry blanket

Hi All,

Oscar here.

I have a question for you all and it may be a bit provocative to some, so bear with me.

Who are you sleeping with?

There. I asked it. I hope I haven't offended anyone by my assertiveness. But really, it's a question that's prudent to this week's blog and isn't just me being pervy.

At night, when you crawl under the covers, maybe you have a loved one next to you. Or a child perhaps. Or maybe you sleep alone. But, if you're a pet owner, I venture to guess that you also have a furry friend joining you in your bed. If it's a dog, and a big dog at that, you probably accommodate their sleeping needs over your own. You might curl up in a ball so they don't feel squished. Or maybe you sleep in an awkward spoon position so they feel loved all night long. And if you sleep with a partner in addition to your pooch, you're probably doing all manner of Twister moves to make sure that they sleep comfortably.

And what about cats? Maybe they sleep at the top of the bed by your pillow. Or maybe they sleep directly on your face, being sure to administer licks throughout the night to make sure you know they're still there.

But did you ever stop and think about how the presence of your pet is impacting your sleeping habits? A recent study conducted by the Mayo Clinic deduced that while having a pet physically in your room had a positive impact on your sleep, actually having your dog or cat in your bed with you had a negative impact. As you might imagine, we overcompensate to ensure that our furry companions are comfy, often sacrificing our own comfort—and sleep—in the process.

So a word to the wise? If you're the sort of person who has a rough time falling off into the land of nod, and your pet typically sleeps in your bed, maybe consider getting them their own space. You'll both likely sleep better and more soundly than otherwise. And well slept owners and pets, are happy owners and pets.

Til' next time,

Oscar

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