Dogs in the bed may be preventing quality sleep

Dogs in the bed may be preventing quality sleep

Dogs in the bed may be preventing quality sleep

Is having a dog companion in the bedroom helpful or detrimental to an individual's sleep quality?

Researchers attached activity trackers to around 40 participants and their dogs to track their sleeping activity for seven nights.

"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. However many still find it comforting to have their pets with them while sleeping. People with dogs in the bed suffer from sleeplessness than compared to people who sleep away from dogs.

The researchers suggest that sleeping with pets brings comfort and a sense of security to people, helping them to sleep easy.

But there is a caveat: Don't let your dogs crawl under the covers with you.

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What researchers found was that the participants who let their dogs sleep in the bedroom actually had good sleep regardless of whether their dogs were small such as Yorkshire Terriers or large such as Great Danes.

Now, they say that in fact, they dream in a similar way to humans - and may even dream about their day as we do. Thus, further research is required to understand the association between letting your dog sleep in the bedroom or not.

It turns out that small dogs dream more frequently and have shorter dreams and larger dogs dream less but have longer dreams.

Adult dogs spend about 10-12 percent of their sleeping time in REM sleep.

All things considered, in case you're searching for a justifiable reason motivation to give your cherished pup a chance to share your room, at that point you can take heart in the investigation's definitive decision: "A dog's quality in the room may not be troublesome to human rest, as was already suspected". Since most owners are away at work for most of the day, they kind of make up for their absence by having their pets in the bedroom with them. "And, now, pet owners can find comfort knowing it won't negatively impact their sleep", Krahn added, according to BABW News. That's important, she says, because the number of people who have more than one pet has increased over the last decade.

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