2023 Author: Malcolm Clapton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-22 06:26
A busy schedule often leaves us with no time to interact with a pet, and the evening may be the only opportunity for this. But sleeping with your dog is not always a good idea.
The benefits of communicating with dogs, especially the psychological ones, are well known in the Company of Wolves:
The Physical, Social, and Psychological Benefits of Dog Ownership.: Interacting with them helps relieve stress and anxiety. And for many, dogs become not just pets, but full members of the family. Naturally, we want to spend as much time with them as possible. Psychologist Lois Krahn, along with colleagues from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, decided to figure out if it is possible to sleep with a dog.
The researchers worked for five months with 40 dog owners who did not suffer from any sleep disorders. All dogs were over six months old. For seven nights, the researchers studied the sleeping habits and sleep quality of one pair of humans and dogs. For this, both the owner and the pet wore special devices that track their activity - accelerometers.
It turned out that those who sleep in the same room with their dog have better sleep quality than The Effect of Dogs on Human Sleep in the Home Sleep Environment. … But the owners who allow their pets to climb into bed sleep worse.
Bottom line: leave the dog in your room overnight, but don't let it go to bed.
So, if you were worried that you are spending a little time with your dog, you can relax. The results of Lois Crane's research confirm that you can safely leave your pet in the bedroom overnight. It will even have a positive effect on the quality of your sleep. Just do not forget to set certain boundaries: it is still better not to take the dog on the bed.