The Pros and Cons of Letting your Pet Sleep in your Bed

Around 75% of dog owners let their Besties sleep alongside them

Pet owners are being urged to be mindful when it comes to sharing the bed with their furry friends at nighttime. 

Sleep experts at shared that while sleeping with pets can improve mental health, it can also have a negative impact on their allergies and general health. 

Research shows that over 75% of dog owners allow their pets to sleep in their bed with them, proving co-sleeping is a popular practice. 

Co-sleeping with pets has been found to have many positive effects on physical and emotional health, including reducing cortisol levels and reducing blood pressure. 

Unfortunately for pet owners who enjoy cuddling up to their furry friends, there are also some risks attached, including the increased risk of infection from the bacteria they carry. 

Rebecca Swain, a sleep expert at said: “Although pet owners may only see the benefits of sleeping with their furry companions, it is important to also know the potential risks. 

“We have revealed the pros and cons of sleeping with a pet, so owners can assess the risks against the benefits for themselves. 

“Snuggling up to a pet can feel relaxing and bring owners joy and there are a range of health benefits as well including heightened immunity. 

“However, pet lovers will probably be sad to know there are also some significant drawbacks to consider, as co-sleeping can trigger allergies and increase germ exposure.”

The pros and cons of letting your pet sleep in your bed, according to

The Pros:

Mental Health

Sleeping with a pet can ease symptoms of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, by increasing oxytocin levels and reducing cortisol levels to promote relaxation and reduce stress. 


Surprisingly, exposure to microorganisms and different bacteria in pets can strengthen immunity in humans and has been linked to reducing a person’s likelihood of developing allergies. 

Cardiovascular system

Being around a pet can have a positive impact on the cardiovascular system, and just touching a pet has been found to help reduce blood pressure and heart rate. 


Sleeping with a pet can provide comfort and security, and even safety and protection. They can also ease nightmares, providing a more blissful night’s sleep. 

The Cons:

Germ exposure

Although some germs can help with immunity in humans, pets can still carry harmful bacteria, parasites and viruses which can put people at risk if co-sleeping. 


Avoid sleeping with your pet if you have an open wound. Some of the germs they carry can make your injury more prone to infection. 


Exposure to pets during sleep could trigger and significantly worsen allergies and asthma, especially if they have been running around in pollen, dirt and grass and have brought it into the bed. 


Pets, particularly dogs, may be more likely to bite if they are abruptly woken up in their sleep, which can be particularly dangerous when there are children around. 

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