Participants and their dogs wore activity trackers to track their sleeping habits for seven nights.
American Veterinary Association estimates that 36.5 percent of households, or more than 40 million households, in the United States have dogs. Among these households, 63 percent consider their pet dogs as a part of their family.
In fact, letting animals get under the covers can reduce sleep quality, likely because cats and dogs like to move around and fidget, which can end up disrupting your sleep. Some people simply love to snuggle up with them while sleeping.
But, there's a solution to the problem in a new study published this month, which said that having canine companions could actually improve the quality of your sleep.
So let them snooze at the foot of the bed or on a pillow nearby, but cuddling up under the duvet as though your cat is a soft toy won't do the same wonders for the quality of your rest.
The researchers analyzed 40 adults without sleep disorders and their dogs over five months.
In short, having the dogs present inside the bedroom helped with sleep, but allowing them on the actual beds did not.
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The researchers found that the participants who let their dogs sleep in their bedrooms had good sleep, regardless of breed or size, such as Yorkshire Terriers or Great Danes.
If you think that having your dog in the bedroom while you sleep is a distraction, you're barking up the wrong tree.
According to the researchers, the relationship between pets and humans has evolved through the years, with more people wanting to spend time with their pets when they get home from work.
"Today, many pet owners are away from their pets for much of the day, so they want to maximize their time with them when they are home. And, now, pet owners can find comfort knowing it won't negatively impact their sleep", Krahn added, according to BABW News.
However, the study also found that letting a dog sleep in the bed may cause disruptions and lead to poorer #Sleep Quality. Sleeping with your pet is fine as long as they are in the same bedroom.
But the study itself is a sample sized. In addition, the results might be different with younger dogs, as puppies are more energetic.