If you’ve ever woken up from the land of nod to a wet nose and wagging tail greeting you, or in my case, demanding you get up because it’s breakfast time, you won’t be alone. In fact, nearly a third of dog owners sleep with their dogs close by.
I have three dogs and only one is a solid sleeper. The two boys always seem to be listening out for any sound which raises alarm bells and as such, trot around at regular intervals.
So, can dogs really help you to get a better night’s sleep?
Apparently, yes. But it depends on where they sleep and how many dogs you have in the bedroom according to a new study published by the Mayo Clinic.
The study analysed the activity trackers of 40 healthy adults and their dogs, tracking sleeping habits for seven nights.
The dog’s breed, shape and size had no impact on the study – but where they slept did. Dogs who slept on their owner’s beds (or under the duvet) disrupted their owner’s sleep more than dogs who slept in their own beds in the bedroom.
Quoted in ScienceDaily, lead author of the study Lois Krahn, M.D., a sleep medicine specialist 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.
"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.
“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. And, now, pet owners can find comfort knowing it won't negatively impact their sleep."
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There you have it. Science has proven once and for all that sleeping in the same room as your dog can be a good thing!
Watch this dog waking her owner up for 'walkies'
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