When our cat was alive, she used to sleep in bed with us at night. I could count on her to nudge me in the middle of the night if I was snoring, crawl up next to me when she was having a bad dream and gently paw at me when she wanted me to wake up and feed her.
As you can imagine, this didn't equate to a good night's sleep for me. I didn't really mind it, though - she was such a sweet kitty and my constant companion. I will say now that she is gone, I probably sleep better.
As it turns out, an unfit night of sleep isn't the case for everyone - lots of people actually claim to sleep better at night with their pets.
This is hard for me to imagine - I have visions of large dogs taking up a great deal of space and being difficult to sleep next to. (How do you get them to roll over or stop storing?) But maybe I am wrong, since I've never had to share a bed with a large dog.
What about you - do you sleep better with your pet sharing the bed with you or without? Tell me in the comments.