Want better sleep? Keep your pet in your bedroom, study says

Faith Castro
September 11, 2017

While having a dog in the bedroom often translated to a more blissful night's sleep, participants' sleep quality took a hit when they allowed their dog on the bed or under the covers.

The research team analysed the sleep of 40 adults who didn't have any sleep disorders along with their dogs over a period of five months. Both the dogs and the owners were given sleeping trackers to monitor their sleep patterns for seven nights.

Letting them sleep in your bedroom is ok, but it doesn't hold true if your dog is in the bed with you.

The latest study has revealed the weird association between a sleep and a pet dog. Some people got better sleep with dogs, researchers said.

However, the team of researchers at Mayo Clinic in the United States found that sharing your bed and snuggling with pets can negatively affect your sleep quality.

'We found that many people actually find comfort and a sense of security from sleeping with their pets'.

Most people assume that having dogs in their bedroom is an interruption to their sleep. -says Lois Krahn, MD, a sleep medicine specialist.

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This contradicts guidelines by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recommends babies sleep in the same room as their parents for at least the first six months to reduce their risk of sudden infant death syndrome.

The surprising result was as long as the dog wasn't on or in the bed, it boosted sleep by bringing a sense of comfort and security. Don't let your canines crawl under the covers with you. Their partner dogs wore an accelerometer too but this was customized especially for dogs.

Researchers say just having your pet in your room-- on the floor, in their own bed-- led to a better night's sleep.

So, go ahead. Turn your sheepdog into a sleep dog. This study proves that mere presence of the dog in the bedroom does not affect sleep. Keeping your pets in your bedroom could improve your quality of sleep, according to new research.

Pet owners often are out for much of the day and hence they wish to spend more time with their pets. "And, now, pet owners can find comfort knowing it won't negatively impact their sleep", she added.

'Having them in the bedroom at night is an easy way to do that.

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