Attention pet lovers! Snuggling with pet in bed may affect sleep quality

Attention pet lovers! Snuggling with pet in bed may affect sleep quality

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 study was based on an examination of 40 people who owned dogs and didn't suffer from any sleep disorders over the course of five months.

The study's participants and their animals wore activity trackers to monitor their sleeping habits for seven nights.

Researchers found that "humans with a single dog in their bedroom maintained good sleep efficiency; however, the dog's position on/off the bed made a difference".

Dogs in the bedroom can be a good idea - in the bed, not so good. The people slept with the dogs on the same are found to have a lower quality of the sleep.

The researchers found that having a dog in the bedroom did not necessarily compromise sleep quality, as had previously been suspected. Not any dog was under the age of six months.

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"Most people assume having pets in the bedroom is a disruption", said Lois Krahn, M.D., a sleep medicine specialist at the Center for Sleep Medicine on the Mayo Clinic's Arizona campus and an author of the study. "Presumably, humans accommodate the needs of their bed partner in an effort to promote sleep in a manner that even the most well-trained dog does not", the authors wrote in their paper.

A new Mayo Clinic contemplate distributed in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings this week says it's OK to let Mr. Fluffypants rest with you, however there's a catch. However, many of them still are divided when it comes to having their furry family members sleep with them in the bedroom.

"To have a purring cat or a well-behaved dog nearby may be very relaxing and conducive to sleep", she said in a 2014 video interview after conducing a previous similar study. This study proves that mere presence of the dog in the bedroom does not affect sleep.

Dr Krahn added: 'The relationship between people and their pets has changed over time, which is likely why many people in fact do sleep with their pets in the bedroom.

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'".

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