Don't let your dog sleep with you in bed

Let sleeping dogs lie... in your bedroom: People get better night's snooze with their pets nearby (but don't let them sneak under the covers)

Let sleeping dogs lie... in your bedroom: People get better night's snooze with their pets nearby (but don't let them sneak under the covers)

The quality of sleep among the adults who slept with their dogs was measured using a device called an accelerometer which is essentially an activity tracker.

Today, 40 million American households have canine companions.

Today, nearly all pet owners (95 percent) consider their pets to be members of the family. However, participants who let their dogs actually sleep in the bed with them experienced disrupted sleep.

Snuggling up to animals in bed reduces sleep quality. Although, there's a catch.

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Good news, dog lovers: Letting your four-legged friend into the bedroom does not worsen your sleep, according to a new Mayo Clinic study-and it may actually help you rest easier.

"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. The duration of study for each participating pair of human and dog was 7 nights.

"Human sleep efficiency was lower", researchers noted, "if the dog was on the bed as opposed to simply in the room". Sharing a bed may be not so good for your sleep.

The latest study has revealed the weird association between a sleep and a pet dog. "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.

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Pet owners often are out for much of the day and hence they wish to spend more time with their pets.

The researchers found that having a dog in the bedroom did not necessarily compromise sleep quality, as had previously been suspected. "And, now, pet owners can find comfort knowing it won't negatively impact their sleep", Krahn added, according to BABW News.

It's worth noting that the sample size of the study is fairly small at just 40 participants, so perhaps further and larger studies may be needed to confirm the findings.

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

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For a typical medium sized dog, their breathing is fairly regular and somewhere around 20 minutes into the sleep cycle, you can see the eyes moving around the closed lids and their breathing will become irregular.

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