It probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that having a dog can affect your sleep; however, not all of the ways they do so are obvious. In fact, some of them are downright sneaky — although usually in a good way. But whether your pupper sleeps snuggled up right next to you or in the next room, you can be sure that how many zzzz’s you get have something to do with the fact that you have a furry roommate sharing your home with you.
According to Statista, 90 million dogs were members of U.S. households in 2017 — and given how dramatically the number had risen since 2000, when there were around 68 million, it’s likely that in 2019, it’s even higher, even though the exact numbers aren’t available yet. And when I saw the dogs are members of U.S. households, I mean it; a whopping 95 percent of Americans consider their pets to be part of their family, per the 2015 Harris Poll. As such, it's to be expected that a good many people would allow their dogs access to their bedrooms or beds at night; snuggling with your dog while you're all cozy in your (maybe matching) PJs is one of the great joys of life with pets.
Knowing all this, being aware of the ways your dog might be affecting your sleep can likely be considered vital information for your everyday life. Many of the effects are positive; some are… uh… less so; but either way, Fido’s presence in your bedroom or bed has some major ramifications for your REM cycle. Here are just a few: