Insomnia is more prevalent than at any other time in history. Each year, physicians report an increase in the number of patients that come forward to complain of diminished sleep and the troublesome side effects that go along with it. According to a recent study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, you may be able to improve your chances of achieving a good night’s rest by allowing your dog(s) to sleep in the same room with you — but not in your bed.
Sleeping & Pets
Millions of people admit to sleeping with pets. It’s so commonplace that scientists have increasingly weighed in on the habit as to whether it’s all right or maybe even dangerous. While you do run the risk of picking up fleas, ticks and other parasites, the odds are fairly low, as long as you keep your pets well groomed and healthy. But that’s not what research in connection to this latest study was about. Instead, it focused on just having pets, dogs in particular, sleeping in the same room as their owners.
Researchers recruited 40 healthy adults with zero history of sleep disorders who also happened to be dog owners. The study, which took place over a five-month period, included having participants and their pets wear activity-tracking devices at night for determining sleep patterns. While a small study, the results pointed to better sleep quality among those that slept with Fido in the room as compared to those that did not. Interestingly, those that slept with their pets experienced lowered sleep quality.
That last finding surely shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. Most of us that sleep with our pets know all too well what bed hogs, cover stealers, snorers and gadabouts they can be after hitting the hay, often keeping us awake or repeatedly waking us throughout the course of the night. But having them in the room with us provides a level of comfort and, in some instances, security that can positively influence our ability to rest. In all likelihood, your pets will sleep more peacefully as well.
So there you have it. If you’re short on zzzs and you don’t already, try putting your dog's bed in your room and see for yourself if it doesn’t make a difference.