Every year on the 5th of November, we observe an array of spectacular displays to mark the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. But for some pet owners, this has become a dreaded evening of the year.
The Gunpowder Plot was a failed conspiracy led by Robert Catesby; the aim was for him and his group of English Catholics to blow up the House of Lords and kill the Protestant King so he could be replaced by a Catholic Head of State. In Robert’s group was a man named Guy Fawkes, who was given the responsibility of the explosives…
In modern times we have adopted the tradition of annually putting on firework displays within our communities. More often than not, the firework festivities usually hang around for a good week or so, which isn’t great news if you find it difficult to sleep this time of year, even more so if you share your home with a pet.
The celebrations can be equally as distressing for your furry friends as they can for you – and with loud noises likely to disturb both your sleep and your pet’s quality kip. The 5th of November could add up to a night with little sleep.
Earplugs can be found relatively inexpensively and can work wonders for your sleep throughout the year, not just on Bonfire Night.
The key to making sure you have the most comfortable night’s sleep is to find a pair just right for your ears, as if they are not the correct shape or if they’re too big, you’ll probably find they can hurt your ears or simply fall out in the middle of the night.
White noise apps are readily available and can work great as sleeping aids, although, like anything, it is all about finding what works for you and your sleep. With lots to choose from, it is worth experimenting with a few to see what you find easier to drift off to. Catch our blog post on sleep apps here to help you decipher the right app for you.
Whatever sounds you listen to, it could be a good idea to do so on some noise-cancelling headphones, as these are a great way of blocking out all other background sounds so getting to sleep is less disturbed.
First and foremost, it’s a good idea to keep calm and try not to change the way you act around your pet. Talk to them in the same way you would on any other given evening, as if they can sense you are anxious or distressed then this can only lead to them being more fearful.
Take the time to plan your dog’s walks during the daylight to avoid both yourself and your dog being startled by fireworks; the fresh air and exercise have also been proven to help relieve anxiety and promote a healthy night’s sleep.
If you are a cat owner, encourage them to get outdoors during the daylight too, so when fireworks are going off, they aren’t startled and at risk of running off!
Make sure your pet has somewhere quiet and comfortable to retreat to, should they want to spend some time away from you. Consider placing their bed and a few of their favourite toys in a cosy spot in your home, but block out as much light and noise as possible if it’s near a window by keeping curtains and blinds closed.
However you’re spending your weekend, the team at Mattressman hope that you and your four-legged friends sleep soundly this Bonfire Night!