Do you like sleeping with your pet? Maybe, your family don’t approve and they think it isn’t healthy to sleep with a pet.
The Mayo Clinic made a study and found that sleeping with pet can make yourself and your pet have a good night sleep.
We expect more studies to follow because only 150 people who visited the Center for Sleep Medicine were involved and only 49% of them owned pets. This survey doesn’t study the size of the pet, whether the participant had pre-existing sleep disorders or health problems. The results were self-reported. However, you are going to find this study is a step in the right direction if you sleep with your pet.
According to a 2011 Harris poll, about 3 in 5 Americans own a pet including fish, birds, and a lizard or two. Pet owners are still on the increase.
Who sleeps with a pet? 49% slept with their pet according to the 150 participants in the Mayo study. 45% of pets sleep with their humans. 17% are in their own bed in the bedroom while other 26% are in a crate.
Animal disrupts their sleep. 20% reported that their sleep was disturbed because of wandering, snoring and whimpering. Although parrot woke up and squawked at 6 a.m. every morning, there was the lady who let her parrot sleep in her room.
The 20% are outnumbered. More than 2 to 1. 41% of those who slept with their pet or had the pet in the bedroom have a better night’s sleep because of the help of their pet. They welcomed their pets into the bedroom whether they found the dog on their feet cozy or the cat touching them soothing.
- More than one pet in the bedroom probably increase the risk of bad sleep and that cats might wander while dogs are probably more compliant and ready to cuddle up. If dogs follow their humans and cats do what they want, we wouldn’t be at all surprised because we don’t know if she’s a dog-lover, a cat-lover or both!
- Humans need to take inventory. Dr. Charles Bae. a sleep medicine expert at the Cleveland Clinic thinks it is ok to sleep with pet because pets can help people with anxiety and help people relax.