Why You Shouldn't Sleep With Your Pets
Feel like you never get a good night's sleep? There can be lots of reasons, but for some people, the culprit may be their bedmatespecifically, the furry kind. Researchers talked to 300 people who complained about poor sleep.
They found that almost 60% were sharing their bedroom with a pet. And about one in five slept with Fido or Felix in the bed. Many of the pet owners said their sleep was disrupted every night.
Pets can contribute to the problem in all kinds of ways, including:
• Moving around,
• Needing to go out in the middle of the night,
• And, like some human bed partners, snoring.
Despite this, the researchers found that many people would rather live with the disturbance than banish their 4-legged friends from the bedroom.
If you love pets, it's easy to understand why: They can be great companions and studies show, even good for your health.
But not, of course, if they always leave you feeling dog tired.
This entry last modified on: February 4, 2013 2:58 PM
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Is your cat or dog keeping you awake at night? Dr. Bruce Dan explains you why sharing a bed with your pet may disturb your sleep.