You might consider your dog one of your family members, but you must have wondered if it’s actually good for you to let it sleep in your room. Many people don’t allow their pets to enter their bedrooms, as they fear they won’t let them sleep. However, researchers say this would be a good idea.
Most Americans regard their dog as a family member
More than 40 million people in America are dog owners, and about 63 percent of these people regard their pooches as family members. Even so, many of them might not agree to let the animal sleep in their bedroom, as they are afraid it might disturb their sleep.
However, a study developed by experts at Mayo Clinic brings encouraging results for dog lovers. If you allow your furry friend to enter your bedroom at night, you might actually have a good night’s sleep. Even so, you still have to be careful. Allowing the animal in the same room as you at night is fine, but letting it sleep into the same bed is not that good.
You sleep better with dogs in the room, but not in your bed
For the study, published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, researchers looked at the situation of 40 people who own dogs, and who suffered no sleep disorders. For a period of seven nights, they attached accelerometers on both the dogs and the owners, and then interpreted the results.
“We found that many people actually find comfort and a sense of security from sleeping with their pets.”
However, Lois Krahn, one of the Mayo Clinic experts, explained how the situation changed if the dog comes into bed with you. If owners allowed the animal to sleep into the same bed as them, they had sleep of poorer quality than usual.
Therefore, if you feel like you two bond better when sharing the same room at night, it’s a great idea to let your dog sleep close to you. However, letting it on the floor is the key. Sharing the same bed might seriously affect your sleep.
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