Sleeping With Your Dog Can Help Your Sleep!
15 September, 2017
There is so much controversial information about whether sleeping with your dog is a good thing. A new study shows that pet parents who slept with their dogs actually had a better night’s sleep. Of course, every person and dog is different but the results are interesting.
The Mayo Clinic conducted a study
Mayo Clinic researchers conducted a study to see whether a dog’s presence in the bedroom would disturb a person’s sleep. The study observed 40 healthy adults without sleep disorders occupying the same bedroom as their dogs, who were no younger than 6 months old, for seven nights. All subjects wore an accelerometer that tracked sleep activity.
Sleeping with your dog in your bedroom can help with your sleep
The findings showed that those who let their canine companions, big or small, sleep in their bedrooms had an easier time snoozing than those who did not. “Most people assume having pets in the bedroom is a disruption,” Lois Krahn, a sleep medicine specialist at the Center for Sleep Medicine on Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus, said in a study’s release. “We found that many people actually find comfort and a sense of security from sleeping with their pets.”
The study also showed that sleeping with your dog in your bed might disrupt your sleep
While a furry friend in the bedroom can aid in a better night’s rest, researchers warned that allowing a dog on your bed will have the opposite effect, according to their findings. Since dogs move around a lot, a dog in your bed could disrupt sleep.
But, having them in the bedroom at night is an easy way to spend some time with them. And, now, dog owners can find comfort knowing it won’t negatively impact their sleep. In fact, many people actually found comfort and a sense of security from sleeping with their pets.
The study was limited by a very small sample size and included dogs at least 6 months old
The study was limited by its small sample size and only included dogs that were at least 6 months old, so people shouldn’t expect to see the same results with energetic puppies. And there are some exceptions. For people with asthma and pet allergies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends keeping dogs out of the bedroom.
So, what is the take-away? If your dog doesn’t interrupt your sleep, than keep him in your bedroom. In fact, most of us feel more comfortable with our dog or cat right next to us when we sleep.
Read the full study here: Direct Science
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