Here is a topic on a frequently asked question by many of the bearded dragon owners. At some point, owners desire to sleep together with their beloved reptile pet. This is an expected behavior, especially after the bonding moments between pet and pet parent, which leads us to:
Bearded Dragons can sleep with their owners, but the decision may be ultimately determined by independent factors such as the kind of sleeper you are or your dragon’s personality.
In this article, you’ll learn more about the things to consider before co-sleeping with bearded dragons, sleeping advice, pet owners experience and risks. Committed pet owners choose firsthand to get informed about the safety and well being of their reptile pet, and so should you.
Sleeping With Bearded Dragons
From the biological rhythm perspective, humans and bearded dragons are alike, so this means good news. It is perfectly fine for both of you to sleep together at night. The common word to describe the human and reptile organism’s behavior is diurnal [being most active during the day and sleeping at night].
From the health and safety sleep perspective, your bedtime habits influence a lot your dragon’s rest and good sleep. Are you a messy and a restless sleeper? In this case, it is NOT recommended to share a bed with a Bearded Dragon.
The last factor to consider before deciding is your beardie’s personality and background. Some dragons simply do not like to sleep in bed with their owners even though they are comfortable with the human interactions.
Your pet’s background is also very important. Rehomed, rescued and adopted bearded dragons may have a bad past or unfortunate experience. Your reptile’s health and behavioral background issues could make sleeping together with your bearded dragon an unhealthy situation for both of you.
Bearded Dragon Owner’s Advise
Advice #1: Keep a Sleeping Routine
The bearded dragon’s bedtime routine can be changed and “synchronized” with your sleeping schedule if it allows your breaded dragon to have somewhere between 8 – 12 hours of sleep. It is very important to keep and follow the same sleeping pattern and schedule for your bearded pet.
Advice #2: Share The Other End Of The Bed
Share the other end of the bed with your bearded dragon – Owners who sleep with their dragons, put them to sleep on the other side of the bed. The dragon may circle around to find his sleep place, while others can cuddle into the bed covers before sleep.
Advice #3: Know Your Pet’s Behavior
Know well your beardie’s personality and habits. Be sure the bearded dragon can be trusted to stay still in bed all night. If you know your dragon to be a wanderer who runs away from the bed [! some do] and you cannot trust him, then is safer to put him/her to sleep in his/her enclosure at bedtime.
Advice #4: Take a Nap Instead
Nap with your Bearded Dragon – Many owners prefer to nap with their bearded dragons meaning that they sleep together with their pet for short periods throughout the day and still get the satisfaction of sharing the same bed with your lovely reptile.
Even though they wish to sleep at night with their beardies, many people are maniac rollers, and these one are the one who should definitely avoid indulging in such ‘activities’.
That’s why it is recommended to take instead a short nap after lunch or an afternoon nap with your bearded friend. You can put the dragon on your chest, or you can simply lay together and chill in bed. They are perfectly happy just hanging around on your bed.You may use this alternative when you know that you’re the messy sleep type and you won’t be able to sleep with your bearded dragon at night.
Advice #5: One At a Time
Avoid having other pets in the bedroom at night. If you normally share your bed with cats, dogs or any other pets, it is not recommended to add the extra sleeping companion except for the case when the other pets will leave the bedroom for the bedtime.
Sleeping With a Bearded Dragon: Any Risks?
Risk #1: Safety
People who sleep together with their dragons are usually light sleepers. They wake up often and tend to respond promptly to noises, moves or disturbances while sleeping. These owners have made also some “sleep” sacrifices before becoming accustomed to each other at night.
Your Dragon’s health and safety may be at risk if you’re a heavy sleeper and/or a maniac roller. There are so many things that could go wrong in this case, so probably the wisest thing to do is to sleep separately. Make your beardie’s life good, safe and nurturing by being an aware and responsible owner.
Risk #2: Health & Treatment Risk
Many bearded dragon accidents end up tragically because no reptile care or reptile veterinarian/emergency was nearby. The health of an injured or hurt bearded dragon can quickly worsen and will deteriorate rapidly over hours.
Moreover, the pet’s injuries and suffering may be unbearable to watch and witness. In critical accident situations, the bearded dragons passed away immediately after the impact or few hours later.
Risk #3: Smashing/Hurting Your Dragon
Unfortunately it had happened for the unluckiest babies and adult bearded dragons. There are several crush or smash accidents reported by bearded dragon owners.
In some cases, the bearded dragon has been smashed and killed accidentally overnight by owners, while other bearded dragons have been severely injured and hurt ( got breathing or respiratory problems, suffocation, body parts and inside injuries, broke bones, bleeding) resulting in bearded dragon’s death.
Bearded dragons are a big responsibility. They need to be cared for in a gently manner, and handled properly every day and night. Make sure not to neglect or forget about your dragon’s dragon needs. Such actions may have serious consequences on your reptile pet.
Co-Sleeping & Bed-Sharing Instructions
Enough Sleeping Room
Make sure there’s enough sleeping room for both of you and your dragon [preferably a wide bed]. The sleep place can impact the quality of sleep for you and your bearded buddy. Adult owners, teenagers or children use to share the other side of the bed with their bearded dragons.
Humidity & Temperature
A reptile friendly room temperature is around 70-75°Fahrenheit (21-24°C) at night. If your room temperature drops below 70°Fahrenheit (21°C), you may want to consider a heating supplement. Luckily, bearded dragons warm up quickly during the day and cool down very slow during the night, meaning their bodies will have enough heat overnight.
The perfect humidity level is somewhere between 35 to 40 percent, so make sure to make the necessary adjustments here as well.
According to EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), relative humidity for people homes is between 30 and 50 percent. Bearded dragons are most comfortable and thrive in dry places.
High humidity levels in your bedroom can be dangerous and may harm your bearded dragon’s health. If you live in an area with high humidity levels (e.g. coastal cities) a room dehumidifier could be useful for both.
Have The Right Sleep Environment
Make sure you have a restful sleep place and try to limit the amount of noise. Bearded dragons can be intimidated by unfamiliar or loud noises and could easily get stressed.
Your reptile pet may associate unknown sounds with predation pressure and will try to avoid the danger and protect himself hiding. An unquiet sleep environment can cause your breaded dragon stress, insecurity and behavioral issues.
Prevent Light Filtering In
It allows your bearded dragon to have a good sleep (same as in their natural habitat) and benefits to your pet’s day and night cycle. Like humans, bearded dragons rest better in a dark sleeping environment, so it is not recommended to sleep with lights on or have a disturbing light source nearby.
Learn To Sleep
Reduce your nighttime moves and rolling over in sleep. Here comes the part where you may have to sacrifice a bit of your comfort, sleeping habits and rest. In order to make bed-sharing beneficial for bearded dragons, an effort is required from your side and one must do his best to keep the dragon safe during the night.
. Bearded dragons need to be gently and carefully cared and handled at night. In other words, you’ll need to grow awareness, to sleep light and wake up from time to time during the night. Due to their size differences, fragility and defenselessness it very important to be self-aware and to sleep gently nearby a bearded pet.
8 Questions To Raise Owners’ Awareness
- Does your bearded dragon rather sleep alone than with you?
- Does your dragon go to bed earlier than you do?
- Does your bearded dragon usually wander, take off or leave the bed during the day/night?
- Is he a heavy sleeper? Does he sleep all night?
- How well do you know your bearded dragon’s personality and predisposition?
- Is your bearded dragon friendly and used to be handled?
- Are you fully aware of the risks of sleeping with your bearded dragon?
- Are you prepared for an emergency?
- Do you have a local or nearby reptile veterinary? Is it opened at night?
- Do you trust yourself to sleep with your beaded dragon? Do you trust your bearded dragon?
I hope this article has helped you guys make a good decision for you and your bearded buddies. Remember that your reptile pets depend 100% on you. Their well being is influenced by your actions, therefore BE and ACT as a CAPABLE and ADULT pet owner.
If you do not trust yourself to sleep safely with your bearded dragon at night, then nap times are the most suitable for both of you. On the other hand, if you’re willing to compromise and desire to grow a sleep responsibility and awareness in order to co-sleep with your bearded dragon, then certainly you’ll become the best sleeping buddies. I wish you and your bearded dragons goodnight and sleep tight!