Our general health and well-being depend on getting a good night’s sleep, and for many pet owners, snuggling up in bed with their furry friends is a wholesome and snuggly part of their nightly ritual. Sleep hygiene is a whole science in itself! But how do we get our sleep down with our furry friends in the picture?
Due to popular demand, here are some in depth tips to enjoy your pets’ companionship while also getting a good night’s sleep! Finding the purrfect balance might be tricky, but we’re here to help! Let’s take a look at some tips so you can get excellent sleep while cuddling with your beloved furry friend!
Regular grooming and making sure your environment is clean can be a simple but effective way to make sure everyone gets their shut-eye! If you have a thick-coated friend and you always find yourselves with a stuffy nose in the morning, maybe regular brushing can help minimize shedding and clear up your allergies! Plus, frequently washing your bed to keep it fresh from any unwanted odors can also help. Maintaining your sleeping environment and your furry friend’s hygiene will help promote better sleep and air quality, and reduce any chances of allergies!
As much as we want to always spoil our pets, the best thing to do is to set clear boundaries – no matter how cute their pleading faces are. Train your furry friends to have a specified sleep schedule and area – it could be a cozy pet bed in the corner of your bedroom or the foot of your bed. This way, they can still be near you without disrupting your sleeping area, and you can move however you want without worrying if you’re going to squish them! Consistency and positive reinforcement are key to training your pets, and make sure you’re strict with it, so they don’t get confused!
It’s not just hoomans that love a routine! Schedules help us and our pets understand when things should happen, and can reduce a lot of chaos in the household! You can start establishing a routine with relaxing activities, like gentle playtime, or a short walk so they can get rid of their extra zoomies. It can also help your pets understand that it’s almost bedtime and this is when we wind down! Plus, having a consistent bedtime routine for yourself can do wonders for your physical and mental well-being.
Are you someone who loves to have the TV on to fall asleep? Bad news, because noise and light can actually dramatically affect the quality of your sleep. Plus, your furry friends are actually much more sensitive to light and sound than you are, so it’s also important to make sure lighting and noise are kept to a minimum. Create a peaceful environment for sleep by reducing these distractions. Light-blocking curtains or a white noise machine can help you both get that quality beauty rest (not like you need it).
As much as we want to cuddle our pets to sleep every night, it’s not always the best choice. If sharing the bed with your furry friend is making you wake up during random hours, think about separating your sleeping arrangements! You can always have cuddle time before bed, but sleeping separately might be better for both of you! After all, having the space to stretch out and move around is always great for sleep!
Choosing the best mattress for you is key! Pillow preferences exist for a reason. Find your favorite pillow and mattress, and make sure your pet has a comfortable bed too! Think about getting a moisture-resistant mattress and hypoallergenic protector to help prevent or make pet-related nightly incidents easier to deal with. Make sure your pet has a purrfect sized bed so they can cuddle their favorite toy to comfortably be transported to their dreamland where they can chase squirrels or laze around in the sunlight with their other dreamy furry friends!
With these six practical tips, you can strike a happy balance between enjoying the company of your beloved pets all while getting your 8 hours in! By establishing boundaries, maintaining cleanliness, investing in quality bedding, following a bedtime routine, controlling noise and light, and considering separate sleeping arrangements when necessary, you can make sure you all get a peaceful sleep environment for both you and your pets. Prioritizing your sleep health will contribute to your overall well-being and strengthen the bond you share with your furry companions.
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