Do you sleep with your dog? You should probably read this

Rob Waugh
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Do you banish your dog from your bedroom at night – or are you one of those dog owners who just lets sleeping dogs lie?

Many owners don’t let dogs into the bedroom – but it turns out there’s a good reason you might want to do it.

Researchers equipped 40 dog owners and their pets with sleep monitors and monitored them for five months – and found that people actually slept better with a dog in the room.


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Lois Krahn of the Center for Sleep Medicine on Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus says, ‘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.’

But there’s a place you should draw the line, which is letting dogs into your actual bed, Krahn says.

‘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,’ says Dr. Krahn.

‘Today, many pet owners are away from their pets for much of the day, so they want to maximize 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.’