After Cat Owner Sets Up Night Vision Camera, Learns Why She's Not Getting Any Sleep
Many people complain about not getting a good night’s sleep. And there are tons of products on the market designed to help with just that problem.
According to the American Sleep Association, “50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder.”
This causes a number of problems, including “unintentionally falling asleep during the day,” something that 37.9 percent reported happened at least once in the prior month.
Mattresses, pillows, supplements, sound machines, essential oils and prescription drugs are just a few examples of what the sleepless can use to try to get better sleep. But what if the problem wasn’t medical or your mattress?
One woman who was having a hard time getting a good night’s sleep decided to get to the bottom of the problem.
Sleep disorders centers use cameras and other equipment to record what happens as a patient sleeps.
This woman did a similar thing by setting up night vision cameras in her room and using them to monitor her slumber. Now, as it happens, the woman owns two cats, who sleep with her.
As reported by Rumble, this is fairly common with pet owners. Citing a 2002 Harris poll, they wrote that, “about 70 percent of American dogs and cats at least occasionally share their owner’s bed.”
They also pointed out that while cats sleep a lot, their sleep cycles differ from that of humans, which means they can be highly active at night while humans are trying to sleep. Sharing a bed with your now playful pal can be creating problems with your own attempts to sleep.
As the woman with the video cameras discovered, even though when she first went to bed the two cats were snuggled up quietly and looking ready to sleep, things quickly changed as she dozed off. Lights out seemed to signal play time to the furry pair.
When she was sleeping restfully, the pair were finding ways to get next to her or under the covers.
Much of her tossing and turning was due to the wild antics of the frisky duo of nighttime troublemakers.
An obvious answer for cat owners who are disturbed by antics while they sleep would be to not allow kitty in the room at night.
But not every cat owner would go for that option and some cats would turn to trouble in other rooms or start caterwauling all night instead.
Veternarian Dr. Tony Buffington shared some tips with Vetstreet for how cat owners can help get kitty to sleep more at night.
They include changing feeding time to right before bed, using “playtime: to “‘wear the cat out’ before bed,” and adding more enrichment to the cat’s environment so they will have more daytime stimulation and be less prone to seek it at night while the humans sleep.
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