Having your dog in your room, but not in your bed, could lead to better sleep

BY KATHY FEY | PUBLISHED: 09-13-2017

However, the study results differed depending on whether the dog slept on the floor or on the bed. In fact, owners who let their dogs onto their bed typically had a lower sleep quality than normal.

A new Mayo Clinic study shows that having your dog sleep in your room -- but not in your bed -- could lead to a better night's rest.

The American Veterinary Association reports that more than 40 million American households have dogs. Among those homes, 63 percent consider their dogs as a part of their family. However, despite that bond, many people are still not sure if they should let their canine companion sleep in their bedroom at night.
The new research hopes to help with that dilemma by showing that people sleep better with their dogs in the same room as them. Scientists reached this conclusion by analyzing 40 dog owners who did not suffer from any sleep disorders over a five month period. They put accelerometers on both the owners and their dogs to monitor their sleep patterns during that time and then determined the results.

This revealed that people tend to sleep with a greater sense of comfort and security when their dogs are in the same room as them.

"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 study co-author Dr. Lois Krahn, a sleep medicine specialist at the Center for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic's Arizona campus, according to International Business Times. "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."

However, the study results differed depending on whether the dog slept on the floor or on the bed. In fact, owners who let their dogs onto their bed typically had a lower sleep quality than normal.

"My main recommendation is for people to take a look at their setup and carefully consider whether it is truly working or not, and not allow loyalty to their pet to blind them to consequences that aren't desirable to their sleep," added Krahn, according to TIME.

Though the team believes in their research, they do note that the study had a limited sample size and that none of the dogs examined were under six months old. As a result, further trials are needed before a strong link can be proven between pets and a good night's rest.

The new research is published in the September issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

 

 

Comments
Laurel Kornfeld - 5 hours ago
However, the study results differed depending on whether the dog slept on the floor or on the bed. In fact, owners who let their dogs onto their bed typically had a lower sleep quality than normal.
Laurel Kornfeld - 5 hours ago
However, the study results differed depending on whether the dog slept on the floor or on the bed. In fact, owners who let their dogs onto their bed typically had a lower sleep quality than normal.
Chad Young - 6 hours ago
However, the study results differed depending on whether the dog slept on the floor or on the bed. In fact, owners who let their dogs onto their bed typically had a lower sleep quality than normal.
Chad Young - 6 hours ago
However, the study results differed depending on whether the dog slept on the floor or on the bed. In fact, owners who let their dogs onto their bed typically had a lower sleep quality than normal.
Vicky Webb - 6 hours ago
However, the study results differed depending on whether the dog slept on the floor or on the bed. In fact, owners who let their dogs onto their bed typically had a lower sleep quality than normal.
Paul Pate - 6 hours ago
However, the study results differed depending on whether the dog slept on the floor or on the bed. In fact, owners who let their dogs onto their bed typically had a lower sleep quality than normal.
Laurel Kornfeld - 6 hours ago
However, the study results differed depending on whether the dog slept on the floor or on the bed. In fact, owners who let their dogs onto their bed typically had a lower sleep quality than normal.