Your dog can help you get a better night's rest

Your dog can help you get a better night's rest

According to the study, adults who snuggled up to their dogs in bed sacrificed sleep quality. Both the human and dog members wore accelerometers for seven evenings of the investigation.

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.

Despite the limitations of the study, it may still be comforting for some people to know that having their dogs in the bedroom while they sleep won't cause sleep problems and disruptions - as long as they stay off the bed, that is. Canines actually in the bed, not so much. The sleep benefit extends only to having dogs in the bedroom, not in your bed.

This contradicts guidelines by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recommends babies sleep in the same room as their parents for at least the first six months to reduce their risk of sudden infant death syndrome. For this Mayo Clinic study, the team of researchers looked at several healthy individuals between August 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015 and evaluated their sleep quality.

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Results from the study showed that the humans spent an average 478 minutes in bed and their total sleep time was an average of 404 minutes.

Lead author Dr. Lois Krahn, a sleep medicine specialist at the Center for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic's Arizona campus, says that for some owners, sleeping with an animal companion in the room can be comforting. But, the researchers highlighted one caveat to their findings - don't let dogs sleep under the covers with you.

For a typical medium sized dog, their breathing is fairly regular and somewhere around 20 minutes into the sleep cycle, you can see the eyes moving around the closed lids and their breathing will become irregular. This study proves that mere presence of the dog in the bedroom does not affect sleep. In the United Kingdom, dogs are known as the most popular pet. While others find it comforting, some find that having their dogs in the bedroom is a detriment to their sleep quality.

Though, it should be noted that there makes a big difference, whether the dog is simply sharing the same bedroom or sharing a same bed.

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