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

Letting your pets snooze on your bed can help you get a better night's sleep

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

This is only true, however, if the dog is present in the room, but not under the covers, a study found, reports Daily Mail.

But, there's a solution to the problem in a new study published this month, which said that having canine companions could actually improve the quality of your sleep. "Today, many pet owners are away from their pets for much of the day, so they want to maximise their time with them when they are home". But majority keep them away during night for fear of sacrificing sleep quality.

Basically, letting the dogs sleep in the bedroom results in good sleep quality, but having them on the bed results in poorer sleep quality. Subjects and their Dogs wore action trackers to track their dozing propensities for seven evenings.

Primary concern: Regardless of breed or size, Dogs in the room was fine.

If your four-legged furry friend wanders into your bedroom when you're trying to sleep, should you shoo the creature away or let it stay and sleep in your bedroom?

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Thus, the study concluded that the sleep benefit extends only when you have your dogs in the bedroom but not in your bed. Many people, therefore, take their pet to the bed because they find it an easy way to spend time.

According to the study, sleeping with dogs aids some people having sound sleep, no matter if they're snoozing with a small schnauzer or napping with a Great Dane.

"We discovered that, in reality, very many people find a certain comfort and sense of security to sleep with their pets", explain the authors, from the Centre for Sleep Medicine, Mayo Clinic (Arizona). "And, now, pet owners can find comfort knowing it won't negatively impact their sleep", Krahn added, according to BABW News. The presence of a dog does not sleep, only if its cage is placed in the room, but the animal should not sleep in the bed of his master.

Lead author Dr Jodi Mindell from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, said: "One main reason is that they are more likely to self-soothe to sleep".

They are also less likely to require feeding at night, a study found.

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