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Sleeping Next To A Dog Improves Your Sleep, Study Finds

Abigail MeadowSeptember 18th
2019

There's nothing more pure and heartwarming than having a little nap with your pooch on the couch. But, go on, why not take it to the next level...

We all let our furry friend on the bed every once in a while, we know it's wrong but it just feels so right. If you're not one of those people and think it's gross hear us out, it's scientific after all.

The Mayo Clinic recently carried out a study to see whether the presence of a dog on your bed helps you to ahve a more peaceful sleep.

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For the study, 40 participants with no sleep-related issues or conditions were observed, along with dogs which were no younger than six months.

The results showed that having a dog in the room benefited the sleep of the participants who maintained 83% sleep efficiency and those who had the dog in their bed had 80%.

Regardless of size or how often they wiggled around in the bed or the room at night, the study was conclusive - people slept better with a dog in their room.

The Mayo Clinic’s Lois Krahn said: "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 nearby.

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

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However, Pet MD said that allowing your pet to lick you can transfer nasty infections, so maybe leave the goodnight kisses out of your bedtime routine.

But whether your furry friend sleeps on or off the bed, the most important thing is that you get a good night's sleep.

It's whatever works best for you and your pup.

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