It’s something every dog owner has always known but now science has shown it to be true.
Sleeping with a dog in the room is not bad for a night’s rest. It can be, in fact, conductive to it.
Research out of Mayo Clinic in the US has shown how 40 healthy adults “maintained good sleep efficiency” while sleeping with their dogs in the room. Researchers put this down to the security dog owners feel when their four-legged guardian is nearby.
All participants wore a acclerometer to track sleep activity and none of the puppers were younger than six months old.
The research, published this month, found participants spent, on average, around 475 minutes in bed; around 100 minutes asleep; and showed around 81 per cent sleep efficiency. In total people spent around 71 minutes awake after initial sleep onset.
This wasn’t significantly different to people who sleep with their dogs locked in the laundry or the living room or (heavens forbid) outside.
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There was a difference, however, in sleep efficiency when the dog was sleeping on the bed, as opposed to on the floor. In those issues, sleep efficiency is somewhat compromised.
“Most people assume having pets in the bedroom is a disruption,” Lois Krahn, a sleep medicine specialist at the Mayo Clinic said in the study’s release.
“We found that many people actually find comfort and a sense of security from sleeping with their pets.”