The study from the Mayo Clinic found sleeping alongside your pet could improve sleep patterns.
“Most people assume having pets in the bedroom is a disruption,” Lois Krahn, a sleep medicine specialist at the Centre for Sleep Medicine on Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus said in the study’s release.
“We found that many people actually find comfort and a sense of security from sleeping with their pets.”
Researchers spent four months monitoring and evaluating the sleep of 40 participants who share a bedroom with their dog.
The results showed having a dog, regardless of its size, in the bedroom improved their quality of sleep.
“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,” Krahn said.
“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.”