Can our pets affect our sleep?
We’re a nation of pet lovers – there’s no doubt about that. However, do our furry friends really make good bed buddies for a sound night’s sleep?
Lots of us like sharing things with our pets, dogs in particular. In fact, research conducted by Silentnight found that when it comes to the bedroom, 52 per cent of those surveyed would prefer to share a bed with their cherished pet over their other half.
We’re also twice as likely to look forward to seeing our pets on a daily basis than our partners, according to the findings.
Does letting my dog sleep in my bed affect my sleep?
A recent study of forty participants with no previous sleep-related issues, carried out by the Mayo Clinic, found that those involved slept measurably better with their dog in the room, it was reported in the Mirror this week.
It’s no secret that many of us often have trouble with sleepless nights, with our partner’s excessive snoring being one of the most common reasons we’re not able to doze off.
Therefore, it may seem a natural step to favour the dog over our partners – especially as recent reports claim that sleeping next to our dogs can actually have amazing health benefits and help us sleep better.
However, we’re not entirely convinced.
Should I let my dog into bed with me?
Challenging the pet-loving nation, Silentnight’s resident sleep therapist, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, believes our pets should get a room, or at least a bed of their own, and that we shouldn’t feel pressured to allow them into ours just because it may work for some.
After all, we’re all different when it comes to sleep.
As hard as it may be to resist those longing puppy dog eyes, Dr Nerina says that we should avoid sharing a bed with our pets, as it can often aggravate allergies and cause disturbances while we’re asleep.
Dr Nerina said: “While pets can seem like a great bedtime companion, they are bound to disrupt our sleep patterns in the long-term, despite how soothing it may be to have them in the bedroom with us.
“We must avoid pets getting into the habit of sleeping in our beds with us as best we can, and ensure they have their own place to sleep, as well as being groomed regularly to reduce fur shedding which can also be a nuisance.”
We’re not necessarily saying you shouldn’t let your pet sleep in the same room as you – but giving them their own bed might be a more suitable option if you want a deep and restorative kip.
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