You remember those times when your little pooch crawled into bed with you and you said “Nope. Nuhuh. Not happening.” Thinking about all the fuzz you have to scrub off the sheets or a stray string of fur that will inevitably land in your mouth.
Well, new studies show that maybe you should reconsider the longing puppy-eyed look your pet gives you the next time they want to snuggle up (ignoring the downsides).1
The study which enabled these surprising pro-pet results, was conducted by Krahn who asked 150 participants to complete a sleep-related survey, which posed questions about them and their pets. This included details about the type of pet, number of pets, and their respective sleeping habits. This was followed up by, asking where their pets slept, their behavior and if their pets affected their quality of sleep.
Besides being each other’s object of affection and love, the results of the research suggests that sleeping with their pets next to them, help pet owners sleep better because it gives them a sense of safety and solace, which contradicts earlier reports which said that it actually disrupts sleep.
It is believed that close to half of American households have pets but only half of those pets sleep outside the bedroom, while the rest get to sleep in bed with their owners.
So, if you really think about it, what’s wrong with letting your pets sleep in bed with you, unless they have not been potty-trained or are chronic snorers, of course, but that’s no different from children or your partners (maybe).
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