Everyone has different house rules when it comes to their four-legged friends. Some dog owners let their pups roam everywhere in the house, and others have hard and fast rules about dogs staying out of certain rooms, like the bedroom. But a recent study shows that letting your dog sleep in the same room as you may actually lead to better sleep.
Mayo Clinic recently conducted a study to “objectively assess whether a dog in the bedroom or bed disturbs sleep”. In order to do so, they studied 40 pet owners who were healthy and had no history of sleep disorders and their dogs. Researchers placed accelerometers (used to measure the restfulness of sleep) on dogs and their humans. For seven nights, both parties were monitored and studied by the researchers to see if having a pup in the room negatively or positively impacted sleep.
Their findings showed that those who let their pets sleep in their bedroom with them actually had an easier time sleeping than those that didn’t let Fido in. Plus the size of the pooch– whether German Shepard or Chihuahua sized– didn’t matter. Just having a dog in the same room was enough to get better sleep.
But you should think twice before letting your doggo snuggle up with you. The study found that sleep improved for those who let the dog sleep in their bedroom, but not in their bed. I mean, we’ve all had that instance of our dogs taking up valuable real estate when we let them up on the bed, hogging covers, forcing you to sleep in a weirdly bent position to avoid accidentally squishing them. Sharing your bed with your dog is not the move. But if your pup is looking for a luxurious way to snooze, they’ll love this bed that they can call their very own: Enchanted Home Pet Bed. (It’s super luxurious and looks cute for any bedroom!)
“Most people assume having pets in the bedroom is a disruption,” says Lois Krahn, MD, a sleep medicine specialist at the Center for Sleep Medicine at Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus and an author of the study, in a release. “We found that many people actually find comfort and a sense of security from sleeping with their pets.”
It does make sense when you think about it. We’re away from our pets for most of the day when we’re at work, and it’s always nice to spend some quality time with our dogs, even if we are sleeping. So it might be time to change your house rules and let your dogs into the bedroom so you– and your pups– can both get better sleep.
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