Sleeping with a pet may help you sleep better | Dogalize
A recent study found that having a cat or dog in bed with you may actually help you have a good nights sleep.
The Mayo Sleep Clinic in Arizona interviewed 150 participants, 49 per cent of whom owned pets. While 20 per cent of owners said sometimes animals could interrupt their sleep with ‘wandering’, ‘snoring’ or ‘whimpering’, the remaining part said it was an advantage, because they felt more rested with their animal in their bedroom than without.
Lois Krahn, one of the author of the study Are Animals a Problem in the Bedroom? said: "People sleeping alone, not always single but sometimes with a partner who travels or works some nights, more often spoke of the beneficial companionship stemming from a pet in the bedroom or on the bed.”
The point is: sleeping with a pet is a relaxing experience for a pet lover, unless the pet is particularly noisy or agitated.
The study authors reported: "A single 64-year-old woman commented that she felt more content when her small dog slept under the covers near her feet. One married woman described her 2 small dogs as 'bed warmers.' One 50-year-old woman did 'not mind when my lovely cat' slept on her chest and another described her cat as 'soothing.'"
The study authors said more research needed to be done but it suggested getting a pet might be a good idea for people suffering sleep problems.
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