Whether you’re a dog person or a cat person, so many people love sharing their beds with their pets. After spending a long day at work or running errands, we know you want to spend as much time with your pets as possible. In the United States, it is especially common: around 50% of pet owners let their dogs and cats sleep in their beds with them at night. But how does this affect your mattress and overall quality of sleep?
Your Sleep and Your Pets
One of the main concerns of sleeping with your beloved pets is sleep disturbance. Dogs, and especially cats, tend to move around during the night to change sleeping positions or to come and go from the bed as they please. This leads to the pet owners waking up more frequently and trouble falling back asleep. Pets are also known for “hogging” the bed, leaving the pet owners to sleep in awkward positions to make room for their pets, which could lead to soreness and stiffness in the morning and a less restful night’s sleep.
Of course, it is important to keep in mind that every pet’s temperament is different, some may cause more or less of a disturbance than others. Also, when it comes to the pet owners, some people may be more likely to be affected by sharing a bed with their pets, such as young children or the elderly. Children may be kept awake by playing with their pets and the elderly may be more susceptible breathing problems.
How it Affects your Mattress
While we all love our pets, the reality is that dogs and cats bring in dander, stray hairs, moisture, heat, dirt, and bacteria into your bed. The average mattress will allow these elements to build up and thrive over time. An inner-spring mattress is known for trapping pet dander, dust, and dead skin cells in the empty part of the springs. This can cause breathing problems, especially if you have allergies or asthma.
Pets also create extra body heat. With a synthetically made mattress such as memory foam, the heat will be trapped and increase the mattress temperature. So while your own body temperature already increases with this type of mattress, having your pet in bed could potentially double the temperature.
Synthetic mattresses will also retain moisture. The combination of heat and moisture build up is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mold, which also affects breathing while you sleep.
Then there is the durability of the mattress. Pets create extra wear and tear to your mattress, even the most well behaved of pets. It’s only natural that a higher number of sleepers will wear out your mattress sooner. This increased use of your bed should be thought about when you are considering the life span of your mattress.
The Palmpring Organic Mattress Difference
Palmpring Organic Mattresses are made using only the best organic materials: certified organic latex, coconut husk, cotton, and wool. These materials are naturally resistant to pet dander, heat, moisture, mold, and bacteria, as well as dust mites and bed bugs. Since our materials are all natural, chemical free, and have been tested for quality assurance, they are also more durable than memory foam or other synthetically made mattresses. And since Palmpring never uses metal springs, there are no empty spaces for pet dander and dust mites to get trapped.
Caring for a Bedroom with Pets
No matter what kind of mattress you have, we always recommend regular washing of bedding. For added protection, we highly recommend mattress protector and even pillow protectors. We also suggest keeping lint rollers on hand in between washes for those stubborn stray pet hairs. Finally, you may also consider giving your pet their own sheet or blanket that’s just for them on the bed. This will decrease the amount of dander on your own sheets, and also be an easy item to wash without having to clean your entire bedding set.
While there are downsides to sleeping with your pet, it is important to note the good effects of sharing your bed with your pet. Many people find sleeping with their pets help them feel calm after a long day, ease anxiety, and even help with insomnia. People have also found that the warmth and rhythmic breathing from their pets comforts them, helps put them to sleep, and gives them a feeling of safety and security.
If you find that sleeping with your pets helps make your night’s sleep better, take comfort in knowing that there are methods to help keep your mattress clean, and sleeping on a Palmpring Organic Mattress will help prevent the buildup of these negative effects, especially pet dander, heat retention, moisture retention, and bacteria.
So if you choose to share the bed with your pets, you can rest comfortably knowing you’re sleeping on the healthiest and safest mattress from Palmpring Organic Mattress!