Do you sleep with your pet on bed? Is it bad for health to do this?

Yes, the cat regularly sleeps on bed.And yes, it may be healthier to not do because of hairs and bacteria. On the other hand, the presence of a pet also gives an anti-stress effect. That will be healthy.

It is known that living together with pets is stress-lowering and reduces the risk of stress-related disorders.

People are social animals.We have evolved millions of years to live in a group and feel the best when we live in a company. This company we call our in-group. These can be people, but also a pet is perfectly able to fulfill that role. Pets are not called pet animals for nothing.

Every nation in the world has a preference for life in a group.This is a natural and evolutionarily advantageous feature for a social kind. We are a species that has evolved to live in small family groups and within larger, blood-related tribes. We prefer our own group and think more positively about the members of our own group. This is called in-group bias.

In-group bias, our genes, including our genes present in our relatives, kept alive by giving preference to the genes of other families and tribes.Within this group we often hear our parents, partners, siblings, children, cousins, friends and also our pets. There are different gradations when belonging to the in-group. Colleagues, acquaintances, (sub-) Cultuurmates, fellow countrymen, compatriots or “breed” enjoyed etc, are more likely to be farther away from us, but can still belong to a degree of in-group.

People are more likely to survive, to reproduce, and to bring their children to adulthood when they favor their own group members (i.e. own genes) and in any case less favor and often disadvantage members of other groups.To ratify this in-group bias, this instinct of faving the in-group and disadvantage of the out-group serves a determines hormone. This hormone is called oxytocin. It is popularly known as the cuddle hormone.

Oxytocin is indeed free if your skin is in contact with someone you love, someone from your in-group.It also comes free when you breastfeed as a mother. It comes free when you see a photo of a baby, but also of baby animals. Oxytocin is the “oooh” feeling when someone puts down a puppy for you. It is the sleepy, blissful afterfeeling during sex. It’s the warm feeling during a sociable moment with friends. It is the binding you feel when you have your baby with you. It is the security that you feel when you come home after having been away. It’s the consolation you feel when your cat gives you a cup. It is the indignation when you see someone hurt a child. It is the anger that you feel when someone hurts your beloved. It is the reflex to assist your friends when they have quarrel. But it is also the tendency to racism, discrimination or even dehumanisation of outsiders.

When we are together with our in-groupleden we feel more at ease, more relaxed.This is because we feel safe within our in-group. Our in-group members protect us from out-group members and other dangers, share their food with us, keep us warm, take care of us as we see sick, carry knowledge and experience about it, help us build shelter, make stuff, keep campfire burning, Collect and Hunt. Traditionally this was important in the survival and therefore we evolved to create an in-group. This appears to be the primary function of oxytocin.

It used to be very unnatural to sleep alone.People only had a living space, a hut, a room, a bed that they all share. Children slept with their parents, or together in the same bed. People slept for hundreds of thousands of years not only, they slept together for warmth, security and safety. Pets also heard. On paintings from very early on we see that cats and dogs lay on the bed of their owners. We have thousands of years old graves in which people with a puppy or kitten were buried in the arms.

Nowadays we often sleep in a private room, usually without our children and often even without a partner.But our urge to feel the effects of oxytocin makes us look for members from our in-group. We do not hear lonely and alone as social animals. There we become unhappy with death, because no oxytocin.

As soon as pets became domesticated, they became part of our in-group.They helped carry our gear when moving the camp, helped us hunt, protected our supplies and struck alarm when a predator approached. We shared our food, campfire and shelter with them and protected our pets against the Out-group, both against other people and against dangerous animals for them.

Pets are members of our in-group and it is very natural for us to want to have them close to us.When our cat is spinning against our side at night, or when we feel the weight of our dog lying against our legs, we make oxytocin.

This allows us to relax: we feel safer when oxytocin is created, and our stress hormones drop; Our blood pressure and heart rate decreases; Our sleep becomes deeper and more relaxed, the likelihood of various stress-related disorders (o. A cardiovascular disease and depression) decreases.From this reasoning it is a healthy choice to let pets sleep in your bed.

The dog of Willem de Zwijger


An additional advantage is that children who have a lot of contact with pets have a reduced chance of allergiŠ»Ťn, eczema and COPD because the immune system is better developed by the contacts with pathogens.

By sleeping with your pet, you need:

  • Scabies
  • Fleas
  • Parasites
  • And even more pests from

To sleep with you in your bed.

To you now to determine whether it is healthy or not;):D

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