Dog owners are sometimes undecided as to whether or not to let their furry friends into their bedroom while sleeping, as some are concerned that it might disrupt their sleep. Now, a new study comes to bring proof that dogs are actually quite helpful in getting a good night’s sleep.
The American Veterinary Association reports that more than 40 million American households have canine pets, with some half of them still divided on this aspect.
Sleeping in the Same Bedroom With Your Dog, but Not in the Same Bed
May Clinic scientists are behind this new study, which examined 40 dog-owners and their pets. None of the survey participants had sleep disorders, and all of them were followed over a period of five months. The dog owners were asked to put on accelerometers, and the pets were fitted with others, for seven nights. Then, the researchers drew their conclusions based on the such gathered data.
“We found that many people actually find comfort and a sense of security from sleeping with their pets,” stated Lois Krahn, a Mayo Clinic sleep medicine specialist.
Based on the study results, sleeping in the same bedroom with your dog can help bring about this sense of comfort, which also contributes to a good night’s sleep.
However, the same could not be said about the canine owners that shared their bed with the pets.
The study team looked at whether the dogs’ being in bed or just in the bedroom made a difference in the quality of the sleep. According to their findings, people that let their dogs sleep on their beds reported a lower sleep quality than usual.
Also, the research team pointed out that the limited size of the study should also be taken into consideration. The fact that the canines involved in their research were under six months old is also conclusive.
Puppies have more energy and might be rather too energic during the night. So the researchers point out the need for more studies, some of which could further analyze the benefits of letting your dog sleep in the same bedroom.
Current study findings are available in a paper in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
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