Those big puppy dog eyes are begging for a snuggle. It’s almost impossible to say no to your cozy little dog, all curled up next to you under the covers—almost as hard as it is to say no to your 5-year-old who’s scared in the middle of the night. And very few of us can deny a spouse who has just as much of a right to the master bed as you do. But sleeping companions can dramatically reduce the quality of your sleep in myriad ways. Each time they move, you’re disturbed. Every snuffle or snore, chortle or blanket snatch interrupts your precious sleep. If you happen to be a light sleeper or suffer from any form of insomnia, those disruptions can rob you of hours of sleep every night as you lay there staring at the ceiling, worrying about bills or work. Long-term, that can have serious implications for your health. So what do you do? How do you reclaim your bedroom sanctuary? Here are some ideas.
To many of us, our dogs are considered part of the family. We take them on vacation, we buy them adorable clothes at Target, and we basically spoil them as we would our own children. But there’s one place that they simply don’t belong, and that’s our beds. While it’s hard to be immune to the literal puppy dog eyes they emit like kryptonite as they curl up on the down comforter and latex mattress, there have to be limits, and your bed should be one of them. Let’s talk about ways to keep the pets off your bed.