Sleeping with your dog in the room can improve your health, new study finds

Lisa Walden
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From Red Online

Our dogs love to cuddle up to us in bed, but a new study has found that having them sleep next to us in the same room could even be beneficial for our own health.

According to researchers at Mayo Clinic, people sleep better with their dogs in their room, regardless of how much they move around during the night.

For the study, they analysed 40 healthy participants with no sleep-related issues, along with those with dogs who were no younger than six-months-old. They wanted to see whether the presence of dogs would disturb sleepers during the night.

What did the study find?

The study found that each of the participants slept incredibly well when their dog was in the room. While it didn't say whether the dog shared the same bed as them, having the pups close by when we sleep can improve our health — and help us to sleep better overall.

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"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," Lois Krahn from the Mayo Clinic told The Mirror.

"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. 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."

So, the next time you are having trouble sleeping, why not bring your pup up into the room too?

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