Have you ever wondered who Fred from Fred’s Beds is? Let us let you in on a little secret about our store: Fred’s Beds, which is a mattress outlet store north of Atlanta, actually got its name from our beloved pup, Fred! So we of course support pets in beds. We know the love a pet can bring, and we know that, despite potential allergies and an overwhelming amount of pet hair in your bed, you’re still going to invite your cuddle bug into bed each and every night. It is undeniable that pets and their humans have an unbreakable bond, and every second that you get to spend with them is a happy one. Here’s everything you need to know about having pets in your bed.
Many experts are divided on whether the drawbacks of sleeping with your furry buddy outweigh the advantages and vice versa. Regardless of potential drawbacks, sharing a bed with your pet at night is a common habit.
A survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) found that 43% of dog owners and 49% of cat owners sleep with their pets. Oddly enough, no studies have been conducted on the percentage of people who sleep with their pet fish, but it’s probably safe to say that number is somewhere close to 0%.
So, depending on the pet you have, you most likely share the bed with them, your bedtime buddy.
Deciding whether your pet should sleep with you is a personal decision. There are pros and cons to both sides of the situation. Pets can often provide a sense of comfort and safety to their owners, so sleeping with them by your side may feel comforting. However, pets in the bed can also provoke allergies in some people. Ultimately the decision is up to you and depends highly on your situation.
If you do decide to share a bed with your pet, try these methods from our Atlanta mattress outlet pros for minimizing the drawbacks.
1. Change Your Sheets Regularly
Pets in the bed can increase your chances of having dust mites. Your pet doesn’t mean to carry them around, but it happens. Dust mites can cause a multitude of issues. A dust mite allergy can result in a stuffy nose, congestion headaches, sneezing, itchiness in the eyes and nose, sore throat, and even skin irritation.
Consistently washing your sheets and keeping them clean can be a great way to lower your risk of contracting dust mites. On top of this, there are various bedding options that can help prevent or control dust mites.
2. Keep Your Pet Clean
Similar to the point above, keeping your pet clean can prevent unwanted stains, allergy triggers, and more. While you may not be allergic to your pet, your pet lives a busy life and can spend their day collecting a good amount of pollen and other irritants in their fur.
Additionally, keeping your pet clean and practicing good pet hygiene can decrease the possibility of exposing your bedding to ticks, fleas, and more.
3. Create Necessary Boundaries
Depending on your nature, you may be less inclined to allow your pet on the bed whenever they please. To prevent unwanted interruptions from your pet, establish boundaries with them. You can do this by ensuring your pet knows that they can only come on the bed if they are invited.
4. Take Into Account Your Pet’s Placement
This is another situation that is highly dependent on your preferences. It may be ideal to give your pet a specific spot in the bed to prevent late-night interruptions of your pet shifting around your bed.
Additionally, you may want to consider giving your pet their own blanket to lay on top of or under. This helps protect your sheets.
5. Understand Your Bed Type and Sleep Needs
Our last tip for you is to consider your bed type. If you aren’t a heavy sleeper, your pet walking around on your bed, adjusting their sleeping position, and so on, may cause you to wake up multiple times per night. Having a firm or memory foam mattress may be ideal for someone sleeping with their pets due to its ability to protect you from squeaky springs and other movements that occur in your bed.
If you’re considering upgrading your bed to a memory foam mattress or another type of new bed for you and Sparky, Fred’s Beds has you covered. We are here to ensure that you are supported in your bed buying journey and have all the information needed for a good night’s sleep.
Fred’s Beds is a family-owned mattress outlet store located in Cumming, GA, just outside of Atlanta. We proudly carry name-brand mattresses at the perfect price for you and your pet. Stop by today! By visiting our store you can get a customized experience and find the bed of your dreams!
Fred’s Beds Mattress Clearance Center
6280 GA Highway 400 North
Cumming GA, 30028