Mayo Clinic Study Suggests Letting Your Pet Share Your Bed Results in a Good Night’s Sleep!

By: | December 26th, 2015

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There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep, yet many people struggle with sleeplessness.

If you struggle to get to sleep no matter how tired you are, it might be the time to let your pet share your bed to help you nod off.

New research by the Mayo Sleep Clinic in Arizona has found that insomnia can be tackled by letting your pet cuddle up in bed. People who slept with their pets reported sleeping better.

The clinic questioned 150 patients who approached the clinic’s Center for Sleep Medicine. The questions were related to their sleeping habits, their pets’ behavior, and sleep locations.

Of the participants, 56% reported owning pets. Out of these 84 people, 20% complained that their pets disrupted their sleep, but 41% stated that sharing their bed or bedroom with their pets has actually helped them sleep better.

Though no major conclusion can be drawn with this limited sample size, a recent study of 23,000 dog owners has also found that almost half of them let their pets sleep on their beds to help catch up on their sleep.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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