A recent study from the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Sleep Medicine suggests that suggests people who share their beds with pets sleep better.
According to the study 49% of respondents reported having pets, with 41% of pet owners having multiple pets. Fifty-sixy percent of pet owners said they allowed their pets to sleep in the bedroom. A quarter of pet owners described their pets as disruptive during sleep, while 41% perceived their pets as unobtrusive or even beneficial to sleep. Animals were cited as a source of relaxation and security in the bedroom.
Earlier research from the Mayo Clinic suggested that pets can be a problem in the bedroom. In the 2014 study, around 10 percent of the clinic's patients reported that pet’s snoring, yelping, and twitching was sabotaging their sleep.
Sleeping with pets isn’t unusual. According to a recent survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association, nearly half of dogs sleep in their owner’s beds. The survey found that 62% of small dogs, 41% of medium-sized dogs and 32% of large dogs sleep with their owners.The survey also found that 62% of cats sleep with their adult owners, and another 13% of cats sleep with children.
People who suffer from pet allergies or asthma should not sleep with their dog or cat or even allow them in the bedroom. Aggressive or dominant dogs should not be allowed on beds.
For those with no problems falling or staying asleep, it’s fine to allow a dog or cat in the bed. However, if pets become a problem during sleep, as difficult as it might be to retrain them, they have to get off the bed.