Some people believe that sharing your bed with a pet can be bad news, but a recent study suggests that snoozing near your pup may improve your sleep habits.
Dog people tend to come in one of two camps: those who share their bed with their four-legged friends and those who would never dream of allowing such behavior. It was previously believed that sleeping with your pooch could disrupt or disturb a good night’s sleep, but a new study is suggesting the opposite.
According to new research by the Mayo Clinic – which studied the effects of dogs on human sleep in a home environment – snuggling with your pup, as long as the dog is settled in the proper position, might improve the quality of a person’s sleep.
The study included 40 adults with no known sleep issues, and their dogs, six months and older. Each person and their dog were affixed with an accelerometer which measured sleep time and sleep efficiency in both participants.
“Today, many pet owners are away from their pets for much of the day, so they want to maximize their time with them when they are home,” said sleep center specialist and study co-author Dr. Lois Krahn, M.D. in a Mayo Clinic statement. “Having them in the bedroom at night is an easy way to do that. And, now, pet owners can find comfort knowing it won’t negatively impact their sleep.”
Before you let your pup into your bed for the sake of a good night’s sleep, it’s important keep in mind that allowing them to hog too much of your space can result in a poorer quality of sleep.
You might want to first try allowing your dog to sleep on the floor next to your bed, as sometimes having your dog in the bedroom with you is enough to create feelings of comfort and security.
Do you let your dog sleep on your bed? If so, does it help you sleep? Let us know in the comments section below!
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