Let slip the dogs of snore!
According to a Mayo Clinic sleep study, there are proven benefits to sharing your bedroom with your fur-baby.
The RSPCA states that there are 2.8 million pet dogs in Australia - that’s a third of all Australians. Although our dogs are an integral part of our family, some may be hesitant to allow their canine companion into their beds, fearing it might interfere with their sleep.
Well, worry no more. It was recently scientifically proven that sleeping alongside your dog can improve the quality of your rest, and therefore improve your overall wellbeing.
The Mayo Clinic has released a study of 40 American dog owners that reports that sleep was not disrupted, and the majority of participants slept better with Fido at their feet.
Mayo Clinic sleep specialist, Dr Lois Krahn says: "We found that many people actually find comfort and a sense of security from sleeping with their pets."
With the mounting stresses of modern life, it's important that you spend leisure time with those you love and get the best sleep possible.
"Many pet owners are away from their pets for much of the day, so they want to maximize their time with them when they are home," says Dr Krahn. "Having them in the bedroom at night is an easy way to do that. And, now, pet owners can find comfort knowing it won’t negatively impact their sleep."
Unfortunately, there are conditions to getting better shut-eye with your shar pei. All the dogs in the study were over six months old, and those participants who showed improved sleep did not share the actual bed with their dogs but had their dogs sleeping near them in the same room.
In fact, those who let their corgis under the covers showed a decreased quality of sleep. So, if you’re having trouble sleeping, don’t rush to get a pug puppy to snuggle at night, but feel free to share your room with your furry friend.