Your Dog Can Improve Your Sleep
But experts disagree over whether or not they should share your bed.
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TODAY'S TOPIC: HOW A PET CAN HELP YOU REACH YOUR SLEEP GOALS
However, researchers caution against letting a dog doze next to you. According to Lois Krahn, M.D., a sleep medicine specialist at the Center for Sleep Medicine in Phoenix, Arizona and an author of the study, sleep benefits can only be gained from having dogs in your bedroom, but not in the bed, since some study participants who chose to sleep in the same bed with their pets sacrificed sleep. “If the dog is moving a lot during the night, that can disrupt the quality of your sleep,” explains James Maas, Ph.D., author of Sleep for Success! based in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.
The study suggests that your best bet is to get a dog bed for your pet and place it near your own. But if you feel you must share the bed with your pup, don't worry too much, says Maas. He believes “people who find comfort, warmth, and security from sleeping with pets should do it.” Plus, pet owners that shared the bed in the study still had an average of about 80 percent sleep efficiency (which, as noted, is satisfactory).