A recent study from sleep experts in Arizona suggests people who let their pets sleep in bed with them get better sleep than those who sleep alone.
The good folks at The Centre for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale surveyed over 100 people and found that those who were letting cats and dogs in bed with them at night were faring better than those who didn’t.
To see how pets might influence sleep, the researchers surveyed 150 people treated at the Centre for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, asking about pets and other environmental factors. Almost half the participants, 74 people, had pets, and 31 pet owners had multiple animals in their homes.
Fifteen people reported pet-related sleep disturbances in the bedroom. Problematic animal behaviours included wandering, snoring, voiding needs, whimpering and seizures. But 31 people described the animals as beneficial in the bedroom, whether they provided comfort and companionship or served as bed warmers.
People sleeping alone, whether they were single or had a partner who wasn’t always there at night, more often spoke of pets as beneficial evening companions.
I buy this. When I was in college and my roommate brought home a girl, he would always send his German Shepherd into my room for the night. Maybe it was just because she was a well-behaved pup, but Sasha was probably the only living being in the world I’ve ever enjoyed sharing a bed with.
Seriously, I’m not a big fan of sharing beds. I’d prefer, as a married adult, having my own room to sleep in, because having someone hogging the covers and invading my personal space as I sleep is miserable.
But with my dog? Not a problem at all. Sometimes I’d even let her spoon me in the middle of the night. Of course, there was the occasional 3 a.m. bark, and she sometimes had bad dreams, but all in all, I would say sharing a bed with a pet is 90 percent good. The only problem is if the dog sheds everywhere, you’ll have to clean the sheets more often.
Do you share your bed with a pet? You should. Especially a dog. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Dogs are the best goddamn thing on the planet. They deserve nights on the Tempur-Pedic, as well. .
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