Recent studies indicated that pet lovers and owner often do not sleep as well as people without pets in the household. As an animal lover and pet owner, I just can’t abide by that. So I looked into it and it is just that sometimes the air is not as clean as a household might be without a pet around. So let’s take some basic extra steps to keep our sleeping air clean.
First of all you can’t do like my sister and keep the kitty litter box in your bedroom or even near your bedroom. You may be very thorough and responsible about keeping it clean, but inevitably a certain furry little someone will need to use it at night and kick some dust and toxins into your sleeping air. The more toxins and dust you breathe while sleeping, the more likely you are to experience problems like night sweats. So keep your kitty litter box far from your bedroom and preferably closed away somehow.
A second common sense tip is to keep any grooming devices and toys out of the bedroom. Pet dander and allergens accumulate around toys and especially brushes. So setup your bed so they can’t sneak under there and keep a secret stockpile of toys under where you are sleeping. You can either get a bed that closes that off entirely or go to the opposite extreme and make it really easy to see and reach under there for cleaning and clearing.
The next step is to put a little extra effort into keeping the air clean. One of the easiest ways to do this is to more regularly vacuum with a HEPA certified vacuum bag. Some of these newer vacuums with HEPA filters even clean the air as you vacuum the floor. This is especially important if you have carpet because pet dander and dirt from their curious explorations will be ground into the carpet then slowly seep into the air over time.
One simple sleep and night sweats treatment would be to to get some kind of air filtration device. Effective room air cleaners have both evolved and become much less expensive in recent years.
So with just a little bit of common sense and extra effort you can still enjoy the love and company of your favorite furry friend and still enjoy good, healthy night’s sleep.