There are many people who sleep with their pets in bed. If you have sleep apnea, however, you may need to reconsider this practice. Yes, there's definitely the emotional-comfort aspect of sleeping next to your pet, but almost invariably, your pet is likely to prevent you from getting the best sleep possible. Either you won't be able to turn in bed to your preferred sleep position, or you'll be awakened often by your pet's movements or sounds.
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you're not able to achieve deep sleep, so any sound or movement is more likely to wake you up. Even if you don't have sleep apnea, anything that can potentially lessen your sleep efficiency can aggravate any other underlying medical condition that you may suffer from. I commented on this issue in a newly released book, Leashes And Lovers (search for my name under Look Inside), by Sheryl Matthys. If you're a dog lover, you must read this book.
As expected, whenever I make the suggestion that pets (and children) be removed from the bedroom, most people are highly reluctant.
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