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Here’s Why Sleeping With Your Dog Is Actually Good For You

Discussion in 'Pit Bull News' started by Vicki, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    Here’s Why Sleeping With Your Dog Is Actually Good For You
    Amanda MacMillan
    Sep 11, 2017

    Good news, dog lovers: Letting your four-legged friend into the bedroom does not worsen your sleep, according to a new Mayo Clinic study—and it may actually help you rest easier. But before you cuddle up too close, know this: Researchers still caution against snoozing in the same bed.

    The study, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, included 40 adults, all of whom slept with a dog either in their bed or elsewhere in their bedroom. Both humans and canines wore motion-tracking devices for seven nights, and humans answered questions about their quality of sleep and where their dogs spent the night.

    The researchers found that having a dog in the bedroom did not necessarily compromise sleep quality, as had previously been suspected. On average, people with dogs in their rooms (but not on their beds) maintained 83% sleep efficiency—a comparison of time spent asleep to total time in bed. (80% is generally considered satisfactory.)

    Sleeping with a dog in the bed, however, was linked to a slightly lower sleep efficiency: an average of around 80%. Though that is considered a satisfactory score, people with dogs in their beds woke up more throughout the night than those whose dogs slept elsewhere.

    Human sleep companions, on the other hand, did not cause similar disturbances. Those who slept two-in-a-bed had better sleep efficiency than those who slept alone. “Presumably, humans accommodate the needs of their bed partner in an effort to promote sleep in a manner that even the most well-trained dog does not,” the authors wrote in their paper.

    Lead author Dr. Lois Krahn, a sleep medicine specialist at the Center for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus, says that for some owners, sleeping with an animal companion in the room can be comforting.

    “To have a purring cat or a well-behaved dog nearby may be very relaxing and conducive to sleep,” she said in a 2014 video interview after conducing a previous similar study. “Provided everyone sleeps well, it can be a benefit.”

    But when people have multiple pets, she cautioned, it multiplies the chances for disruptions—like when dogs snore, move around or act out their dreams. That’s important, she says, because the number of people who have more than one pet has increased over the last decade. (In the current study, only single-dog households were included.)

    The new study was small, did not contain a control group, and most of participants were healthy, middle-aged women—so the results may not apply to other populations. Because of the small size of the study, the researchers also weren’t able to determine whether the breed or size of the dog made any difference. But the findings are still welcome news to anyone who loves snoozing with a pet but doesn’t want to sacrifice sleep.

    “My main recommendation is for people to take a look at their setup and carefully consider whether it is truly working or not,” Krahn said, “and not allow loyalty to their pet to blind them to consequences that aren’t desirable to their sleep.”

    And if you’re wondering how your pup feels about all this, don't worry too much. “Regardless of location or an additional human bed partner,” the authors wrote in their paper, “dogs seemed to rest well.”

  2. Worg

    Worg Big Dog

    There's no room for 2 humans and a dog on my bed :P she keeps us up.
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  3. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    JC sleeps with me
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  4. Rezbull

    Rezbull Puppy

    The Pit Bulls that claim beds as territory are a real trouble when it comes down to sleep quality lol...
    A favorite APBT I rescued on the whim turned out to be a superb sound male that my only problem with was his tenacious arguments with the wife trying to claim her side of the bed.. It's always hilarious watching a well tempered bull get all upset over a warmed up spot on the bed or even a couch..

    I live north of the 45th parallel where the dog doesn't necessarily fair well outside the during winters, so my dogs tend to be house trained and it's a requirement of my own that each dog must sleep at my and only my side until I'm confident with the animal itself regardless of initial bonds and the dog's reputation or reported history if given. Most of my dogs have been rescued with little history known besides what readable within this dogs body, both mentally and physically..

    I don't want all of the dogs sleeping at my side as each dog has a respected resting place for serenity when needed, plus I've rehabilitated several that are excellent guard dogs which I like having spread in the houses perimeter for a good night rest unless awoken by the barking or even a growl if something really catches their attention.
  5. Nigayias

    Nigayias Puppy

    As much as I care for my chihuahua the only bitch allowed to sleep in my bed is the one I am fucking.
    P.S. and it aint my chihuahua. LMAO
  6. AGK

    AGK Scratch Kingz Staff Member Super Moderator

    20171118_193417-1.jpg I make my bitch sleep on the floor. Lil Miss Geach gets the right side of the bed. x'D

    Lol jk she gets kicked off as soon as my boss wants to go to bed lol.
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  7. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member Administrator

    "My boss" LOL! AGK tried acting tough there until she came in and seen him typing that post haha!!

    I'm about as single as they come these days and i have two in bed with me sometimes. '
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  8. EstyEsty

    EstyEsty Little Dog Premium Member

    Good article!!!
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