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Do you sleep with your pet in bed? Beware, it may affect your sleep quality

Research has found that while having pets in the bedroom does not cause a disruption, having them crawl under the covers with you does.

more lifestyle Updated: Sep 08, 2017 10:32 IST
Asian News International, Washington DC
Researchers advise not letting canines get into bed while sleeping. (Shutterstock)

Who doesn’t love a warm cuddle from a beloved pet? A new study, however, warns snuggling up with your pups in the same bed may comprise on your sleep quality. Sleeping with your pet in same bedroom was determined to be fine. . The sleep benefit extends only to having dogs in your bedroom — not in your bed, as adults who snuggled up to their pups in bed sacrificed quality sleep.

Lead author Lois Krahn from Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus said that most people assume having pets in the bedroom is a disruption. “We found that many people actually find comfort and a sense of security from sleeping with their pets,” Krahn added. The study evaluated the sleep of 40 healthy adults without sleep disorders and their dogs over five months. The participant and their dogs wore activity trackers to track their sleeping habits for seven nights.

The findings indicated that sleeping with dogs helped some people sleep better - no matter if they are snoozing with a small schnauzer or dozing with a Great Dane. “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,” said Dr Krahn. “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. 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,” she added.

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First Published: Sep 08, 2017 10:23 IST