If you have a furry friend at home, you probably already have a preference for bedtime routines: either your pet keeps you company at night or he/she has to sleep in the designated pet bed. But if you do let your pet snuggle up with you, is it helping or hurting your sleep schedule? For a long time, pet owners could only speculate; recently, however, a team of researchers from the Mayo Clinic conducted a study to find an official answer.
What was their verdict?
According to the findings of the study, “Are Pets in the Bedroom a Problem?”, the majority of pet owners do benefit from having their pets nearby.
Data collected from 150 individuals from the Center for Sleep Medicine, Mayo Clinic in Arizona found that 49% of the subjects were pet owners and 56% of this pet-owning group allowed their four-legged friend to sleep in their bedroom. The majority of pet owners (41%) stated that the presence of their pet at night was not a bother, and some people even said that it helped their sleep quality; 20% stated that their pet was too disruptive to allow them a good night’s sleep if kept in the bedroom.
According to the study, many pet owners felt more comfortable and safer when their pets slept nearby; one woman described her two small dogs as “bed warmers,” while another respondent described her cat as “soothing.” Of course, there are naturally some exceptions depending on the pet involved: one woman who kept a parrot in her bedroom admitted that “it consistently squawked at 6 a.m.”
The main conclusion of the study, it seems, is simply that every person is a little bit different when it comes to their preferred sleeping arrangements. The important thing to remember is that the quality of your sleep is just as important as the quantity. It’s recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that adults get between seven and nine hours of sleep per night, but 43% of Americans admit that they don’t get enough sleep (and would feel better if they did).
Considering that a healthy sleep schedule would result in around 3,000 hours spent on your mattress each year, it’s important to make sure your sleeping environment is as comfortable as possible! Maybe that means upgrading your flat bed to an adjustable bed, or maybe it means allowing your pet to cuddle under the covers at night. Regardless of how you can improve your comfort while sleeping, the important thing is to make sure you receive the quality sleep you need.
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