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

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

The study involved 40 healthy adults who had their sleep evaluated with a dog in the bedroom over five months.

This is only true, however, if the dog is present in the room, but not under the covers, a study found, reports Daily Mail.

In a study released in the September issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, the study suggested that pet owners might actually sleep better when they had their dogs in their bedrooms.

"My main recommendation is for people to take a look at their setup and carefully consider whether it is truly working or not", Krahn said, "and not allow loyalty to their pet to blind them to consequences that aren't desirable to their sleep". Researchers say just having your pet in your room-- on the floor, in their own bed-- led to a better night's sleep. The sleep benefit extends only to having dogs in your bedroom, not in your bed.

If you're a pet owner, your bunk buddy might be the reason you've been trading quality sleep for restless nights (and feeling strangely drunk at work during the day). On average, people with dogs in their rooms (but not on their beds) maintained 83% sleep efficiency-a comparison of time spent asleep to total time in bed. They put accelerometers on both the dogs and the owners for seven nights for the study and then determined the results.

"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".

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'And, now, pet owners can find comfort knowing it won't negatively impact their sleep'.

Dr 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", Mayo Clinic sleep medicine specialist Lois Krahn said, CNET.com reported.

Some animal lovers may still worry that sleeping with a pet may disrupt sleep.

According to researchers, the relationship between humans and their pets have changed over the years, with more and more people wanting to spend as much time as they can with their pets when they get home from work.

They are also less likely to require feeding at night, a study found. Not any dog was under the age of six months.


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