Dog lovers rejoice! — letting your furry four-legged friend sleep in your bedroom is actually good for you.
According to a study, by allowing your dog to sleep in your bedroom, you’re actually helping yourself rest easier.
The study, published by the Mayo Clinic, included 40 adults, all of whom slept with their dog either in the bed or elsewhere in the bedroom.
Both humans and canines wore motion-tracking devices for seven nights and the adults were then asked about their quality of sleep and where their dogs spent the night.
Unlike previous studies that suggested that having a dog in the bedroom compromised your sleep quality, the new research found that human ‘sleep efficiency’ was better if the dog was in the room, but not on the bed.
When the dog was actually on the bed, sleep was more likely to be disturbed.
On average, people with dogs in their rooms, but not on their beds, maintained 83pc sleep efficiency while those who slept with a dog in the bed had a slight lower sleep efficiency of 80pc.
People with dogs in their beds woke up more throughout the night than those whose dogs slept elsewhere.
Lead author of the study Dr Lois Krahn, a sleep medicine specialist at the Center for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus said ‘Some people find that sleeping with animal actually helps them feel cosy.
‘To have a purring cat or a well-behaved dog nearby may be very relaxing and conducive to sleep.’
‘One woman said her two small dogs kind of warmed her bed and another person felt her car who was touching her during the night was comforting and soothing.’
Benefits of sleeping with your dog:
- They give you comfort: whether it’s their warm body or rhythmic breathing, having your furry companion sleep next to you makes your bed feel cosier.
- They fight insomnia: the presence of a dog in your bed promotes calm, stress relief and a feeling of safety.
- Cuddling with them relieves stress and anxiety: a pup’s positive outlook seems to be contagious making them great stress relievers.
- It’s good for your dog, too: there’s nothing in the world that your dog loves more than you. By allowing them to spend the night cuddling next to you