Who’s That Sleeping in My Bed?

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people and pets sleep together - new survey

This week is National Sleep Awareness Week  (March 2-9) and to sleep, or not to sleep—with your pet—that was the question that a memory foam company asked in an attempt to find out who was sleeping in their beds.

They learned that in fact, 71% of pet owners sleep with their pets in their beds. This statistic further revealed that 43%  of pet owners slept with their pets every-night; 23% sometimes; and 5% when their significant other was out of town. Those bed-sharing pets also have favorite sleeping spots with 52% at the foot of the bed on top of the comforter; 23% snuggling next to their humans; 11% sharing a pillow; and 14% snuggling under the covers.

Apparently Novosbed co-founder and CEO, Sam Prochazka, was shocked to learn how many dogs and cats were sleeping on their mattresses.

“I’ve got a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and before this survey, I would never have allowed him to sleep in our bed. Now that the results are in I’m re-thinking that, and we’re even considering adding a memory-foam pet bed line,” he said.

I have never thought of it as allowing a pet to sleep on the bed — no permission needed in my house – that’s where they are supposed to sleep! Pet beds are for daytime snoozes around the house…

Other interesting owner/pet stats: 67% of humans preferring to sleep on their sides vs. 35% of pets; 11% of humans preferring to sleep on their stomachs vs. only 5% of pets; and 52% of pets preferring to sleep curled up in a ball vs. 0% humans.

Yeah, that’s a pet thing …

 

tip of the day

Courtesy: The Kong Company
Courtesy: The Kong Company

Distraction toys such as a Kong can provide additional hours of fun if you stuff it with Ultramix sweet potato or pumpkin puree and freeze the toy until the puree is solid. Be sure to give the stuffed Kong to your dog outside or somewhere where you won’t mind cleaning up the mess – if he doesn’t lick up everything for you! Peanut butter is another great option. Courtesy Kong