To sleep: with cats or dogs?!

Many western societies have a taboo on non-romantically involved people sleeping together. This forces singles to sleep alone even if they do not want to. Feeling anxious sleeping alone is natural and nothing to be ashamed of. But there are cultures in which  it is acceptable for people to look for partners just for sleep company, even if there is no serious relationship.

Pets can be a great help for the single person who has night time anxiety or just does not enjoy sleeping alone. Pets can help improve your sleep by laying by your side at night and enriching your life by giving you genuine companionship during the day.

Since there are reasons which help the functioning of your immune system, I felt that a post about sleeping with pets had a place here. A friend finds comfort when her dog curls up on the bed and takes her half out of the middle; but the dog eventually finds his space in the crook behind my friends’ knees. But, your preference might be with cats.

CATS AND THE PURR FACTOR:

For space-saving reasons, cats make better sleeping mates. A person sleeping alone is more likely to own a single bed. So, space is an issue and cats take less of it than most dogs. Cats are soft  balls of fur that can either fit in between that crook between your arm and chest, lie on top of you or slide in between your shins without disturbing your sleep at all. Add to that the seemingly magical relaxing powers of the cat’s purr and you will see why they are the most popular pets to take to bed. Studies have shown that a cat’s purr helps reduce stress and can reduce the risk of heart disease. To put the cherry on top of the cake, cats can also serve as excellent feet warmers!

On the other hand, cats will come and go as they please and won’t lie there unconditionally to give you warmth and company. Another drawback is that their smaller size won’t allow you to hug them while you sleep if that is something that helps you. Finally, cats cannot give you the same sense of security as a dog, as you cannot really count on a cat to fight off an armed robber unless it is a large cat with claws!

DOGS

The larger size of dogs allows you to hold on to them which helps some people sleep better; in fact they may enter REM sleep sooner. Dogs, being loyal as they are to their owners, are more likely keep lying next to you, even if they wake up, giving you a sense of security and comfort throughout your sleep.

Of course, size may become a factor if they take up most of the space. All that love in those hearts of gold may become a problem for they will want to lie on top of you which isn’t real comfortable especially if your dog is a  huge Irish Wolf Hound or Bullmastiff.

And the winner is……Both of these pets are excellent sleep aids, if you are suffering from anxiety and stress caused by sleeping alone and we all know that that stress can trigger a flare. In my view, cats win this battle because of their smaller size and purring. Maybe you have a different winner of this battle. So, take a look at both the pros and cons of each and decide who wins!

Author bio: Eugene Gabriel has his BSc (Hons.) Degree in Psychology. He has always been fascinated by the effects of good quality sleep, or the lack of it on human productivity and overall well-being. He has helped thousands of individuals suffering from sleeping problems by teaching them about the healthy changes they need to make in their lifestyle in order to sleep peacefully. Read his post on perfect sleep quantity. You can also follow him on twitter @eugenegabrielj

 

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